A good dentist will be well-known in their community. Inquire with family, friends, and coworkers about the dentists they use, and then research their recommendations - online reviews are excellent for this.
You may also contact your local or provincial dental society for a list of practicing dentists in your area.
Personal Rapport & Comfort Level
Your relationship with your dentist is an important one, so one of the most essential things to consider is whether you’ll feel comfortable with this person. During your initial consultation or appointment with a new dentist, consider the following:
Do they listen to you as you describe your symptoms and ask questions? Do you have any fears or anxieties that you'd be comfortable expressing, and do they effectively answer your questions about the procedures you'll need? Is it clear that the dentist hears and understands your concerns?
Specialties, Services & Emergency Care
Dental technology advancements have enabled many dentists to provide a wide range of services. Do the dentists you're considering provide a full range of services, including preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry? What about medical emergencies?
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
Is your new dentist close to home or work? How about public transit? If you drive, is parking convenient? Are there hours convenient for you?
It is critical to ensure that your dental office can accommodate patients with special needs. This is an important aspect of comprehensive dental care, from physical accessibility to dental sedation services.
Costs & Money Matters
Costs often vary by practice. Does your dentist follow the current Dental Association Fee Guide for your province? Do they accept your insurance and can they file your insurance claim electronically?
Are there multiple payment options (personal checks, credit cards, interest-free payment plans)?
While your health is the most important consideration, money is also a consideration. Do not be afraid to request an estimate for any procedures. Our administrative team is always available to answer any questions or address any 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?
Can you come in before your first appointment to help you make a decision? We welcome patients to visit Rideau Dental Centre at a pre-arranged time to get to know our office. We are proud of our friendly team and clean, well-organized workplace. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.
The Dentist’s Approach to Care
When it comes to selecting a dentist, it's also important to ensure that your new dentist shares your values. Speak with the dentist about his or her approach to dentist-patient relationships and whether you two are a good fit.
Welcoming new patients in Ottawa
Our dentists and team are always happy to welcome new patients to our office. If you are looking for a new dentist in Ottawa, we hope you’ll consider us!