If you have been looking for a new dentist in Nottingham, there are many factors to consider, and finding the right one can save you a lot of time and effort in the long run, as you wouldn’t have to start the search all over again. In an age when people like things fast, it can be tempting to do the search engine research in less than 10 seconds, but is there more you want from your dentist than what the results page brings up?
What should I look for when choosing a dentist?
When you look for a dentist, there are a number of things to consider. Firstly, does the dentist offer all of the treatments you may need? Dentists now offer general dentistry as well as other treatments such as cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry and even facial aesthetics. While you may not require teeth whitening at the moment, for example, you may find that you do later on.
Some dentists offer home whitening kits and others offer a combination of home whitening and a session of whitening at their clinic. You may wish to consider what will work for you in the future as well as the here-and-now to save you from having to look elsewhere. Similarly, you may not need dental implants at the moment to replace missing teeth, but if you are concerned you may need this in the future, finding a dentist who specialises in this treatment will again save you from having to travel elsewhere.
Another point to consider when choosing a dentist is the location of their practice. If you intend to fit an appointment into your lunch break, you may need to choose a practice near your workplace. You may need them to have a car park or easy access to local transport links. Alternatively, you may also want the dentist to be close to home, so you can take all the family there. Considering the location can make a visit to the dentist a lot easier for you.
On the point of convenience, why not check out what the practice is like before you go? If you call up and speak to the receptionist to find out what they can offer before going, you can gauge the atmosphere you are likely to find once you get there. If the receptionist is very friendly and helpful, you can be reassured that it is likely to be the same ethos throughout the practice. However, if you get a cold reception on the telephone, you may save yourself the trouble of visiting and choose to go elsewhere.
Once you step through the doors of your shortlisted practises, check out the reception area. Do they have a comfortable and relaxing waiting room? Is it clean? Are there facilities for children? Some places offer free drinks and iPads. Consider whether this is important to you.
Next up, why not listen to recommendations from your family and friends and check out some clinic websites? A dental practice that can list the qualifications of their dental team, the treatments that they offer and whether they are accredited by any bodies’ schemes, such as the British Dental Association’s Good Practice, may help you to feel reassured by the standard of treatment you should receive.
Once you think you have a dental practice for you, book in for an initial consultation to discuss your concerns with your dentist and come up with a treatment plan. This should help you to gauge what you think of the person treating you and finally decide whether this is the right place for you before you embark upon any treatment.
Good luck in your quest to find the best!