A good dentist will be well-known in their community. Inquire with family, friends, and coworkers about the dentists they use, and then research their recommendations - online reviews are excellent for this.
You may also contact your local or provincial dental society for a list of practicing dentists in your area.
Personal Rapport & Comfort Level
One of the most important things to think about is whether you'll feel comfortable with your dentist because your relationship with them is significant. Think about the following during your first appointment or consultation with a new dentist:
Do they listen to you as you describe your symptoms and ask questions? Do you have any fears or anxieties that you'd be comfortable expressing, and do they effectively answer your questions about the procedures you'll need? Is it clear that the dentist hears and understands your concerns?
Specialties, Services & Emergency Care
Dental technology advancements have enabled many dentists to provide a wide range of services. Do the dentists you're considering provide a full range of services, including preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry? What about medical emergencies?
If you or a family member has a specific oral health issue, it may be useful to choose a dentist who specializes in that area.
Location & Office Hours
Is your new dentist close to your house or workplace? What about public transportation? Is it easy to find parking if you drive? Are the hours suitable for you?
It is critical to ensure that your dental office can accommodate patients with special needs. This is an important aspect of comprehensive dental care, from physical accessibility to dental sedation services.
Costs & Money Matters
By practice, costs frequently differ. Does your dentist adhere to the provincial Dental Association Fee Guide? Do they accept your insurance, and can they submit an electronic insurance claim?
Are there multiple payment options (personal checks, credit cards, interest-free payment plans)?
While your health is the most important consideration, money is also a consideration. Do not be afraid to request an estimate for any procedures. Our administrative team is always available to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have.
What procedures does the office have in place to handle appointment scheduling, reminders, cancellations, and other issues?
Is the dental office clean and orderly? Are the receptionists/administrative team welcoming?
Can you come in before your first appointment to help you make a decision? We welcome patients to visit Eckhardt Dental Centre at a pre-arranged time to get to know our office. We are proud of our friendly team and clean, well-organized workplace. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.
The Dentist’s Approach to Care
When it comes to selecting a dentist, it's also important to ensure that your new dentist shares your values. Speak with the dentist about his or her approach to dentist-patient relationships and whether you two are a good fit.
Welcoming new patients in Penticton
Our dentists and staff are always delighted to welcome new patients to our practice. We hope you will consider us if you are looking for a new dentist in Penticton.