If you have been searching for the best family dentist in Pasadena there are some things you know before you subject your kids to the practitioner that was recommended to you by your new neighbor.
Moving to a new place can be a headache. Not only do you have to find a good doctor in the area, but you also need to locate a Pasadena Family Dentistry that you can trust.
If you didn’t get a chance to ask your previous dentist who to recommend, give the office a call. Most dental practices have a list of family dentists. Go online and read testimonials. If you are active on Social Media, ask your Facebook and Twitter friends, and get a thread going. Check the American Dental Association website for dentists located near your new home. Research is the first step towards find the best dentist for you and your family. Mouthhealthy.org is a website that is easy to use and very user friendly.
According to Web MD and the ADA, ask your trusted friends and family members and check with your new physician. Go and talk to the local pharmacist and don’t be afraid to make more than one call and visit more than one practice. What you see on a dental website may be completely different from the office in question.
Check the office hours on the website. Some dental offices are only open a few days a week. It’s important to find a family dentist who is convenient to your schedule. Read everything you can about the dentist in question. Most about pages on the dental website will tell you where the dentist was trained and educated. Make sure that the dentist is continuing his or her education by attending continuing education seminars, conferences, and workshops.
Once you are satisfied stop by the office, especially if you have kids. If you open the office door only to be met by a few metal chairs and magazines from 2010 you may need to reconsider. A dental office should be inviting with plenty of games for the kids, current reading materials and a big screen TV. Patients need to feel comfortable, especially when meeting a new dentist for the first time.
Before you make that appointment, call the office. Find out what kind of anesthetic is used and ask if Sedative Dentistry is available. Look for a dentist who can handle dental phobias.
Check to make sure that the dentist you choose can handle emergencies after hours. Most good dentists will have a referral dental service that is available 24/7.
Ask about fees. If your new dentist does not support your dental insurance plan, you could be in for a nasty surprise once the anesthetic wears off. Get estimates and shop around. If you have found two dentists that meet your standards, get a couple of quotes.
For more information, contact Dr. Paul Shinto and his team who will be able to take care of your family’s dental needs.