The search for a dentist, or any medical professional, can be daunting. Luckily, many resources are at your fingertips. After you find a potential candidate, make sure to ask some key questions.
Top 4 Ways to Find a Dentist
1. Personal Recommendations
Start by asking those you know well for a recommendation. Does your friend’s dentist have that magic touch? Does your sister know a dentist that gives out the best goodies? Did your coworker find a great dentist that accepts your company’s insurance?
2. Professional Recommendations
Your primary care physician is also a good source for recommendations, as is a pharmacist. If you’re moving, ask your current dentist for a recommendation in the new area. Also, if you’ve ever had any dental work done in your area by another dental professional, such as an orthodontist or oral surgeon, ask him or her. Make sure that when you go on professional recommendation, you let the provider know who the referring physician was. You might get “extra credit” for bringing in business.
3. Insurance Company Directory
Most insurance companies have an online search feature that allows you to find a physician by specialty based on your network coverage and local area. This can apply to your regular health insurance, which may have a search feature even if dental isn’t covered. Of course, if you have dental insurance, that would be the best place to start. Your insurance company may even provide access to a free rating system, so you can see what others are saying about a particular dentist you’re scoping out.
If you can’t find this feature online, call the customer service number on the back of your insurance card; you can also contact your Human Resources rep or Benefits coordinator if this is a company-provided insurance. Read the rest of this entry »