The first rule of thumb in looking for a Van Nuys dentist is that you should not wait until you have a dental emergency! Choosing a dentist while you are stressed and rushed is never a good idea.
There are several things to consider when looking for a dentist, including:
- Location, location, location! It will be easier to go to the dentist regularly if it’s easy to get to the dentist. Pick one that is close to home or work.
- Financial considerations. Find a dentist who accepts your insurance and offers a variety of payment options.
- Professional qualifications. What are the dentist’s credentials? What are the office’s policies on infection control? When you call in to ask these things, does the staff seem comfortable answering these questions? If not, you might want to keep looking.
- Emergency policy. If you or someone in your family has a dental emergency, how quickly can you be seen? Find out if there is an answering service so you can reach your dentist after hours.
When you are looking for a dentist to evaluate, start by asking family and friends for their recommendations. They can usually tell you about the personality of the dentist and the friendliness of the staff. They can tell you if they have to wait long when they go in for an appointment. You can ask them about payment policies and if the charges for treatments is reasonable.
You can also ask your family physician or local pharmacist for recommendations.
Look up online review of dental practices in your area. You can tell a lot from reading reviews—and people are usually brutally honest with their feedback on a dentist they have visited.
Don’t wait until you are in dire need of a dentist to find a dentist. Look for your Van Nuys dentist while you have time to research and ask the right questions!