Are you searching for a dentist in the Winnipeg area? Finding a dentist that fits with your needs can be a difficult task. So, our dental team is here to offer you some advice about how to make the choice that is right for you.
A dentist with a reputation in their community. Ask your friends, family members and coworkers about the dentists they see themselves and follow up with your own research. Online reviews can be a good first stop for this.
You may also want to contact your local or provincial dental society or colleges for a list of practicing dentists in your area.
Personal Rapport & Comfort Level
The dentist-patient relationship is an important one to helping to maintain your oral health. So, an important thing to consider is how comfortable you will feel with getting operated on by a prospective dentist. During your first consultation or appointment with a dentist, consider any of the following questions:
- 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, and do they answer your questions about procedures you’ll need effectively?
- Does the dentist seem to hear and understand your concerns?
Specialties, Services & Emergency Care
Dental technology and techniques have allowed many dentists to offer more services now than they have been able to in the past. Does your prospective dentist offer comprehensive services, including cosmetic preventative and restorative treatments?
If you or a family member has a specific oral health issue, it may be useful to choose a dentist who specializes in that area.
Location & Office Hours
Are your prospective dentists close to your home or your place of work? If you drive, is their parking situation convenient? Are their hours?
For patients with special needs, it’s important to make sure that your dental office can accommodate them. From physical accessibility to dental sedation services, this is an important aspect of comprehensive dental care.
Costs & Money Matters
The costs of treatment can vary from practice to practice. Dies your dentist follow the guidance of the current Dental Association Fee Guide for your province? Do they accept insurance? Can they file your claim electronically?
Are there multiple payment options (personal checks, 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.
How does the office manage appointment scheduling, reminders, cancellations and other issues?
Is the dental office clean and orderly? Are the receptionists/administrative team welcoming?
Are you able to visit your prospective dentist before your first appointment? This may be able to help you to make your decision. We welcome patients to visit Fort Rouge Dental Group at a pre-scheduled time so you can have an opportunity to get to know our office. This will also be your opportunity to ask 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 dentist has the same values you do. Talk to the dentist to learn about his or her approach to their dentist-patient relationships, and whether you two would be a good match.
Welcoming new patients in Winnipeg
Our dentists and team are always happy to welcome new patients to our office. If you are looking for a new dentist in Winnipeg, we hope you’ll consider us!