Things to Remember When Selecting a Dentist

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Choosing a dentist can be a difficult task. It is important that you choose the right dentist that fits your needs. Make sure you take your time when choosing a dentist, do not wait for an emergency. Below, I have listed several things to consider.

Location & Hours of Operation

Choosing a dentist that is close to home or work is a good idea. This will make things a lot easier on you. It will allow you to schedule visits that are convenient and will allow you to arrive on time. Also, make sure the dentist is open at the times that you would most likely schedule appointments. You do not want to have to work around your schedule.


If you have dental insurance, make sure that the facility takes your specific insurance. Check to see if your insurance plan covers the particular doctor you are looking into.

If you do not have dental insurance, make sure you choose a dentist that has costs that are feasible for you to pay. Remember, costs vary from practice to practice, so even if you have dental insurance you may have to pay part or all of the costs.

Personal Comfort

One of the most important things to consider when choosing a dentist is to make sure you feel comfortable with that person. Make sure you can explain symptoms and ask questions with ease. The dentist should be compassionate towards your concerns. You should not feel uncomfortable asking your dentist anything that refers to your dental health.

Qualified Dentist

The dentist?s office should be able to tell you about the dentist?s training with ease. They should also have policies on infection control. If the staff is uncomfortable answering any of these questions, or you are uncomfortable with their answers definitely consider a different dentist. Another way to find out the dentist?s qualifications are to look up the local dental society or ask your insurance company.

Emergency Care

Look into what happens if an emergency occurs. The dentist should be able to refer you to a hospital emergency room. You should also be able to contact your dentist, or a suitable substitute at anytime by calling an answering service or cell phone.

State Licensing Boards

State dental boards should have a website where you can find out if the dentist is licensed. The website should also tell you if they have had disciplinary actions against them.


Recommendations can be a great way for you to find out more information about dentists. Ask friends, family members, neighbors or coworkers what they like about their dentist, or ask a doctor to refer to someone. You can usually ask your doctor to supply you with a list of local dentists that are members of important associations.

After you have chosen the dentist you feel would fit you, make sure you evaluate the service you received. Make sure you felt comfortable with the dentist and staff and make sure the facility was clean. I hope these tips will help you choose the best dentist for you and your family.

If you are in Castle Rock and are looking for dental care, call Dentistry at Happy Canyon at 303.688.3800 today!

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