It’s no secret that Walnut Creek residents are careful about how they choose medical professionals for their family, but sometimes it’s not easy to find everything you want in a dentist. Blue Wave Dental understands that choosing a dentist is no small feat, so we’ve put together this guide to picking a dentist for individuals and families.
There are a lot of factors to consider when looking at dentists in your area. For some Walnut Creek residents, the most important thing is proximity, so it’s easy to narrow their search by location. For others, the key ingredient is affordability, while others may be looking for just the right service mix and supreme comfort.
The easiest way to start your search is by setting your top three priorities. These may be location, cost, and comfort – or good reviews, service mix, and same-day appointments. Whatever is most important to you should be at the top of your list. Once you have an idea of what you need and what you want from a dentist, the process of selection becomes much easier.
If you have dental insurance, you might want to look at your provider’s network before getting too excited about random dentists you’ve found on the internet. Often, preferred providers will have larger percentages of services covered and offer you the lowest out-of-pocket expenses. Most dentist offices are happy to check your insurance and tell you how much is covered (or you can check their website), but you can also find out online where dentists in your network are conveniently located.
At the end of the day, it’s all about your experience at the dentist. That’s why Dr. David Nisenboym suggests asking friends and family to recommend a dentist they trust. Once you’ve found a doctor that might fit, schedule a consultation. Most insurances will cover consultations with multiple dentists (but not multiple x-ray consultations with one dentist), so feel free to shop around.
When you go in, try to get a sense of how it feels to be a patient there. Is the staff friendly? Is the office clean? Do you have to wait a long time? Can they answer your questions to your satisfaction? How are the other patients treated? Do the other patients seem satisfied? How do they treat the staff? How far is the staff willing to go for your comfort? How easy is it to clear pricing information?
Here are two crucial questions to ask over the phone:
Once you’ve found the right dentist, you’ll know it. Maybe great online reviews got you into the office or they offer all of the cosmetic services you wanted. Either way, at the end of your appointment, you should have a pretty good idea of what you can expect in the future. If for any reason you don’t, just ask! Dentists tend to be very accommodating to new patients.
If you would like to learn more or have a professional walk you through this process over the phone, contact us today! We love to help people find the dental care they need.
The content of this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.
David Nisenboym, DDS is committed to exceptional patient care and oral health education. Our goal is to help our patients maintain a high level of comfort during dental visits, and we do everything we can to make that happen—from a compassionate office atmosphere to our fun, friendly and professional chairside manner.
Please call us at (925) 420-7475 or fill out the form below to request an appointment.