The process of choosing a dental office that will provide you and your family with dental services is generally based upon convenience and customer service. When you decide that you are going to find a new dentist, or you move to a new city and begin looking for a dentist most people will start by looking at which offices are closest to their homes or places of work. This is done so as to be able to make it to appointments that are sandwiched in between other errands or on lunch hours, or to make sure not too much of your time is absent commuting to the office for your appointment. It is common knowledge that you will be visiting your dentist office twice per year at a minimum, and patients will naturally want to only drive a few miles to get to that office when an appointment is necessary.
Another consideration when choosing a dental office is customer service. This begins with the people working at the front desk, making your appointment and checking you in. A common practice among some dentist offices is to double book appointment times in order to compensate for cancellations. While this will not be a problem in most cases, there may be long wait times or crowded waiting rooms if everyone shows up. It is best to stop into the potential dentist's office during the day to get the feel of the office, assess the staff and cleanliness, and see if the waiting room looks over crowded. If it sees pleasant and professional, ask to meet the dentist and do not be afraid to ask questions about office hours, specialties and anything else you may be interested in.
When you have narrowed your list of potential dentist offices down to a few, go online and search for the office's name followed by the word “reviews.” This will give you access to any of the opinions that past patients have put online regarding the services they received. If one of your list looks to have good reviews and happy customers, book an appointment and get an initial exam and checkup. If the dentist who checks your teeth is professional and courteous, and the dental hygienist who cleans your teeth does a good job, then you have probably made a good choice that will last until you move from that area. All dentist offices are not the same, and the majority of the difference comes from customer service and professionalism.