Referrals are great for when you are in need of a specific service or professional. Final decisions, however, will always rely on your own discretion.
Oral health need not necessarily be expensive but it can be. You may want to consider going to a dentist whose services are part of your insurance scheme or general health plan. This way, you can avail of basic check-ups and, perhaps, even a few other services like fillings or caps, at a lower cost. Ask about their fees and payment plans. Some dentists may offer budget-friendly payment plans to help their clients get the treatments they need.
Time and Place
Sioux Falls is a large city, so finding a conveniently-located family dentistry practice is key. How far is the clinic from your house, workplace, and the children’s school? Find out their office hours and how they deal with missed appointments. You need to know if you have to reschedule or if you can come in late and wait for your turn after another client has been treated. Ask, too, if they handle emergencies outside office hours. Some dentists do while those who don’t likely have arrangements made with colleagues for emergency referrals.
Confidence and Comfort
Have a list of at least three referrals to look up. Before calling or visiting their clinics, you can check the dental board in South Dakota for information on each one. The dental board will have complete records for each dentist within the state. This should give you plenty of confidence that you will be in good hands. From there, visit their clinic. Beyond decoration and furnishing, you should see that the space is clean and sanitary, with the staff wearing appropriate attire. The dental staff should be able to make you feel welcome and, especially if you or your children have anxieties related to dental care, safe.
A Long-Term Relationship
Get your family involved. Everyone should feel comfortable discussing oral health care with your family dentist. Consider how the dentist relates to your children, especially, to ensure that they grow up with sparkling smiles.