As with finding any healthcare provider, it’s important that you have all the information you need prior to your visit and if you don’t you should always ask questions. Here are some simple tips to help you find a good dentist.
What to look for in a dentist
You should ask yourself these questions when looking for a dentist:
- Do they clearly communicate any problems and possible treatment plans with you?
- Do they provide you with options and inform you of the risks involved?
- Do they answer your questions?
- Do they listen to you?
- Do they explain the treatment to you?
- Do they ensure that you agree to all fees and treatments before starting?
- Don't let a dentist pressure you into having work done on the spot but instead ask for the item numbers, proposed work and prices so you can make a more informed decision or comparison.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Ask for a full treatment plan and ask about the time frame, as well as the total costs.
Guidelines for finding a dentist
When looking for a dentist, there are some simple guidelines to follow.
- Be wary of accepting extensive and expensive treatment from a general dentist without asking questions.
- Don't let leading questions sway your judgment.
- A thorough examination should include an inspection of teeth, gums, inside of the cheek, palate, tongue and lips. A probe should be used to check gum pockets and a mirror for awkward spots. Findings should be charted in detail.
- If you're looking for a new dentist, ring ahead and get prices for a check-up and clean.
- How does this compare with the average of $130–$220?
- Are X-rays and fluoride treatment included?
- If you feel you've been quoted a high price for dental work, check the average dental charges to see where it lies in the range – you may find it's a fair price.
- If you need extensive work done, shop around. If you have a written quote with item numbers, ask how much other dentists would charge for the same work and compare the price.
- Don't be afraid to ask questions or to get a second opinion.
If you don’t have all the information you need prior to your consultation or treatment, we encourage you to research and to ask questions, especially when it comes to dental pricing and treatment options.
We also encourage you to read reviews on Whitecoat written by real patients about their service experience, so you have the information you need to make more informed decisions about your healthcare.
All of the reviews listed on Whitecoat are moderated to ensure that they remain anonymous and ethical in line with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) guidelines.
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Sourced from Choice in Health Tips, Whitecoat Guides
06 Mar 2017