How to Choose the Right Dentist for You

Posted Sep 16th, 2021 in General

Are you looking for a dentist in Sault Ste. Marie? Finding the right dentist can be difficult, so our dentists are here to help you make the best decision possible.

Reputation

A good dentist will have a solid reputation in their community. Ask family, friends and coworkers about the dentists they see and research their suggestions yourself — online reviews are great for this.

You may also contact your local or provincial dental society for a list of practising dentists in your area.

Personal Rapport & Comfort Level

Because your relationship with your dentist is so important, one of the most important factors to consider is whether or not you'll feel at ease with them. During your initial consultation or appointment with a new dentist, consider the following:

  • Do they take the time to listen to you as you explain symptoms and ask questions?
  • Do you have fears or anxieties you’d be comfortable expressing?
  • Do they answer your questions about procedures you’ll need effectively?
  • Do they seem to hear and understand your concerns?

Specialties, Services & Emergency Care

Advances in dental technology have allowed many dentists to offer a wide range of services. Do the dentists you are considering offer comprehensive services, including preventive, restorative and cosmetic treatments? What about emergency care?

If you or a family member has a specific oral health problem, selecting a dentist who specializes in that area may be beneficial.

Location & Office Hours

You'll also want to make sure you can get to and from appointments with little to no hassle, so consider the following questions:

  • Is your new dentist close to home or work?
  • How accessible is it by public transit?
  • If you drive, is parking convenient?
  • Are the dental office's hours convenient for you?

Accessibility

For patients with special needs, it’s important to make sure that a dental office can accommodate them. From physical accessibility to dental sedation services, this is an important aspect of comprehensive dental care.

Costs & Money Matters

Costs often vary by practice. Does your dentist follow the current Dental Association Fee Guide for your province? Do they accept your insurance and can they file your insurance claim electronically?

Are there multiple payment options (personal cheques, credit cards, interest-free payment plans)?

While your health is the most important factor, money is also an issue. Don’t hesitate to ask for an estimate for any procedures. Our administrative team is always here to address any questions or concerns you may have.

Scheduling

How does the office manage appointment scheduling, reminders, cancellations and other issues?

The Office

Is the dental office clean and orderly? Are the receptionists/administrative team welcoming? Can you visit before making your first appointment to help you make a final decision?

We are happy to have patients visit The Dental Office of Drs. Mark Santana and Nick Barbon at a pre-scheduled time so you can get to know our office. We are proud of our friendly team and clean, organized environment. We look forward to answering any questions you may have.

The Dentist’s Approach to Care

When it comes to choosing a dentist, it’s also important to confirm that your new dental team has the same values you do. Talk to them to learn about their approach to dentist-patient relationships in order to decipher whether you two would be a good match.

Welcoming New Patients in Sault Ste. Marie

Our dentists and team are always happy to welcome new patients to our office. If you are looking for a new dentist in Sault Ste. Marie, we hope you’ll consider us!

If you’d like to book an office tour or an initial dental exam at The Dental Office of Drs. Mark Santana and Nick Barbon, please contact us.

Now Accepting New Patients

We invite you to contact The Dental Office to book your first appointment.

Contact

(705) 759-4780