It is natural to get a little stressed out and wonder what the experience will be like when it comes time to meet with a new dentist. Here are three questions you should ask during your first meeting that can help make subsequent visits more pleasurable and less stressful:
Who Works in the Office Daily?
It is a good idea to get to know the dentist's office staff during your first appointment to make sure that you feel comfortable around all of them. Ask the dentist to give you a quick tour of their facility and to introduce you to their core staff. This will give you some peace of mind in knowing what to expect whenever you visit the dental facility, and it will give you an opportunity to get to know each person and determine whether you feel comfortable under their care.
At the very least, you will know exactly who you are dealing with whenever you show up to visit your dentist. It will not feel uncomfortable when someone brings you back into an examination room and prepares you for the dentist. Knowing who you may interact with while at the dentist helps to ensure that the idea of visiting the dentist is less stressful.
What Services Are Completed In-House?
It is also a good idea to figure out which types of services are completed in-house and which services are outsourced. Are X-Rays done onsite, or must you go to a third-party service provider to get the job done? Can molds of teeth for braces or dentures be done onsite? Are surgeries done onsite? The answers to these questions will give you a clear idea of the timelines and capabilities you can expect your dentist to work within. If you know you will need a service that your dentist cannot offer in-house, you can plan accordingly and not be caught off-guard.
What Does the Monthly Schedule Look Like?
Another important question to consider asking when meeting with a dentist for the first time is what their monthly schedule looks like. If their schedule is busy, you can expect delays in scheduling when you are ready to see your dentist again in the future. If their schedule is open, you should not have a problem scheduling an appointment at your convenience at any time in the future. The dentist's schedule will help you more easily schedule your own life and dental needs without having to worry about whether you have requested an appointment too late.
To learn more, contact a resource like Accent Dental.