Finding The Best Family Dentist

Finding The Best Family Dentist

Jun 05
Finding The Best Family Dentist

Finding a dentist is usually easier when you don’t have children. One person (or two if you have a partner) can be easier to work around. When you have a whole family it can be a little more difficult. When looking for a family dentist there are a few qualities you want to look for.
• Patience – An impatient dentist can make your visit even more stressful than normal. Some people have a great fear of dentists. This applies to adults as well as children. You want to find a family dentist who will allow his or her patient the right to sit up if needed during the procedure or checkup. Develop a signal with your dentist such as tapping on the chair to signal that you need a break. This works well with children too!
• Flexibility – You want a dentist who will work with you. Families sometimes need special accommodations, such as scheduling more than one appointment in a row so that you can save on gas money and time taken off of work.
• Availability of Sedatives – Let’s face it, some people have such a fear of the dentist that they will need to be sedated regardless of any other measures taken to prevent or help with their anxiety.
I have a personal story about sedative availability. A friend of mine moved from a big city in another state. She began looking for a general dentist in Milwaukee, the city she had just moved to. Finding a dentist just a few blocks from her new residence in her hometown was a great convenience. As she entered the new office, she was impressed at the modern beauty of the décor. The staff was very friendly and she felt that she had found her new dentist’s office. As the dentist examined her teeth for the first time they chatted how much she had loved her previous dentist. She described how he had prescribed sedatives for her because she has such a need for control of her environment. My friend also has a low pain tolerance and requires more than the normal amount of Novocain. She shared all these things with her new dentist and felt comfortable scheduling a large amount of future dental work. Fast forward to the time of those appointments and suddenly the new dentist seems to find it difficult to prescribe a sedative. She balks and argues with my friend who has to seek another dentist.
Don’t let this happen to you. Make sure ahead of time that your dentist knows what you need and is willing to accommodate you and your family.

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