Questions to Ask a New Dentist

Posted by Dr. Soto Dec 04, 2019

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If you are like a lot of people, going to the dentist likely gives you anxiety. Fortunately, an experienced and compassionate dentist can help ease your anxiety and build a positive relationship with you. But since not all dentists are the same, how do you find one that offers you compassion and excellent care?

You can find out a lot about a dentist by simply asking good questions at your first visit. If you are in the market for a new dentist, consider asking these questions before determining which one you will be seeing for years to come.

What do you do for patients with anxiety or fear of dental treatments?

A lot of people have anxieties about dental procedures. A good and compassionate dentist will have options for you in such situations. An example is IV sedation, which is great for patients with dental treatment anxieties or those who fear pain due to extreme tooth sensitivity and severe oral issues. With IV sedation, you can have a pain-free experience because it will ensure you remain relaxed and comfortable. Make sure to ask what services your dentist offers for such situations. This will help you determine if your dentist is considerate about patient comfort.

What’s your approach to preventive care?

While cavities and tooth decay lead to a host of oral health problems, there are other factors that can also make a person susceptible to them. There are uncontrollable factors such as heredity, chronic health conditions, and cancer treatments that can lead to the development of oral conditions. Having a professional by your side that will help strengthen your teeth can delay its onset. But for most dental patients, the biggest risk factors are your diet and poor oral habits. The leading cause of tooth cavities is still plaque that hardens to tartar and causes decay.

Your dentist is your ally in the fight against all types of oral health problems. Therefore, every good dentist will focus on preventive care – not just treating issues as they arise. A good dentist will account for these factors. They will recommend regular visits for cleanings and exams based on your overall health, brushing and flossing habits, the condition of your teeth presently, and other factors. A good dentist will get to know who you are, what your specific oral health needs are, and build a preventive care plan around it. This way, you can have the advantage over future health problems by understanding the early signs and symptoms.

What cosmetic dentistry services do you offer?

While you may not need cosmetic dentistry right now, it’s very common among people as we age. If your teeth ever begin to show signs of discoloration or you need replacement teeth, you will need cosmetic dentistry. The most popular cosmetic dental solutions include Zoom! Teeth whitening, crowns and veneers, and dental implants. Having a dentist who offers these services helps you be prepared ahead of time. This way, by the time you need cosmetic dentistry, you will have a trusted and experienced dentist who can perform these services for you.

Do you accept same-day appointments for dental emergencies?

Dental emergencies always come unannounced. A dentist that accepts same-day appointments is a godsend. Make sure your dentist accommodates emergencies so that you don’t have to worry about finding immediate care in another dental facility if your primary dentist doesn’t have any appointments available.

Cosmetic, Implants, and Sedation Dentist in Plantation, Florida

Dr. Ernie Soto offers the best in oral health care. From general dentistry to cosmetic dentistry, he provides all types of solutions and preventive care to his patients. With his compassionate nature and gentle manner, he puts you at ease in his dental clinic in Plantation. He makes sure that you leave his clinic feeling much better than when you walked in.

To schedule a consultation, call us at (954) 368-6264 or request an appointment now. Our friendly staff looks forward to serving you!

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