6 Questions To Ask Before Your​ ​First​ ​Dentist​ ​Appointment

6 Questions To Ask Before Your​ ​First​ ​Dentist​ ​Appointment

Posted by Ralph Reilly on February 22, 2018
Ralph Reilly

Dr. Reilly - 2018 NJ Top Dentist.jpgWhen you walk into a Baskin Robbins the amount of flavors can be overwhelming, but fortunately, they will let you have small samples to test it out. You don’t have to commit to the whole scoop before you know if you love it or not. That’s how a dentist office should be!

Asking questions to determine if the office will work for you or even checking it out prior to committing to your first visit will help you make the best choice out of the numerous options you have. Here are some questions that will help you determine if that dental office will meet your needs:

1. Can I tour the office beforehand?

Consultations give the patient time to visit with the dentist to determine if they feel their needs will be able to be met by that clinic.

2. What areas do you specialize in?

Dentists specialize in specific areas. Some only have extensive training in a few areas while others may have 15 or more areas of specialty. You want to make sure you are going to the dentist that best fits your needs.

3.  Does your office take my dental plan/insurance?

Your insurance or the dental office you are interested will be able to tell you if your dental plan covers treatments at that specific office. Remember, dental insurance is a useful asset in many instances, but your comfort and effective treatment should be your primary consideration. Acceptance of certain dental plans is not an indicator of the quality of the dental office.

4.  Will you be able to tell me what my final cost will be prior to treatment?

The dental office should be able to give you a pretty accurate final cost, barring they don’t discover a condition is worse than expected or need additional x-rays to assess the extent of the damaged area. If an initial price seems almost too good to be true, ask about potential upcharges and additional costs.

5.  Do you require patients to pay upfront or allow for billing services?

This is helpful to know because if you are walking into a clinic expected to pay a chunk of money upfront you want to know. Also if they allow payments you will want to know when they are due.

6. What new technologies or sciences have you brought to your clinic recently?

The answer to this question will tell you if that dentist office is keeping up on new technologies, attending seminars and keeping current with technological advancements. Wondering how that affects you? Some advancements could save you pain, healing time, time in the dental office or money.

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Hopefully these questions will help guide you well in making the best choice for your dental needs and give you confidence in making a well informed decision. We would love to assist you with your dental health needs! If you would like to schedule a consultation to discuss your dental concerns and how we can assist you please give us a call today at our Middlesex office!


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