Finding the right dentist for you

585799_mIf you need to locate a dentist for you and your family going to the yellow pages in the phone directory isn’t always the greatest idea. To choose a dentist in Ponte Vedra that is ideal for you and your family you must take some time and dedicate it to research. Knowing all the variables and factors to take into account in your search can become confusing and as a result you may simply end up picking a name at random only to find out that the dentist is not for you. Perhaps this small guide will help take the mystery out of choosing a great dentist in Ponte Vedra that will suit you and your family for many years to come.

Location: Location does not stop with convenience or travel time; it also has a lot to do with the costs of dentistry. Although going to a dentist which is conveniently located in a local shopping mall may cut down on travel time and parking issues but as the office rents are high in shopping centers and malls, this added expense will be passed on as a higher fee. You may find that a short commute to the suburbs or a small town nearby will save you money.

 Opening hours: Look for a dentist that has stepped away from the old 9 to 5 routine, look for a practice that has extended hours and will take appointments on weekends and holidays if the issue is an emergency. Try to find a dentist whose hours of operation meet your work schedule.

Services: Look for a dentist that offers multiple services. In house teeth whitening, sedation dentistry, children’s dentistry, etc make it much more convenient than having multiple dentists.

Atmosphere: For whatever reason a visit to the dentist is nerve wracking but it does not have to be this way. Look for an office where the atmosphere lends itself to low stress that will help ease the nervousness associated with a dental visit. Make sure the office is clean and sterile and that the equipment appears to be in excellent condition and well maintained.

Policies and procedures: Find out what the policies of the practice are. Some dentists charge the patient if the appointment is not kept and not cancelled in time. Find out if the dentist bills your insurance company direct or is this your responsibility, look for offices that have flexible billing plans which may help if you require a procedure which is not covered by your insurance.

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