What is the reputation of the dentist?
Speak with your family and friend to see if anyone has any feedback about the dentist that you are considering. They may be able to provide valuable insight.
You may also contact your local or provincial dental society for a list of practicing dentists in your area.
Are you comfortable with the dentist?
You will want to make sure that you are comfortable with the dentist that you choose, especially since they will be in charge of your dental health. During your initial consultation or appointment with a new dentist, consider the following:
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?
What services do they offer at the dental office?
These days there are a number of services that dentists can offer including restorative, preventive and surgical treatments. Does the dental clinic you are considering offer all of these types of services? What about emergency care?
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.
Do the location and hours work for you?
How far is the dental clinic from your work or home? Do they offer on-site parking? Is it easily accessible by public transportation? Are their hours convenient for you?
Do they meet any accessibility needs you may have?
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.
What financial options are available?
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 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.
Do they have dedicated staff for scheduling?
How does the office manage appointment scheduling, reminders, cancellations and other issues?
What is the overall appearance of the office?
Is the dental office clean and orderly? Are the receptionists/administrative team welcoming?
Can you visit before making your first appointment to help you make a final decision?
We are happy to have patients visit Valley Centre Dental Clinic at a pre-scheduled time so you can get to know our office. We are proud of our friendly team and clean, organized environment. We look forward to answering any questions you may have.
Does the dentist share the same values as you?
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.
New Patients Welcome at our Clinic in Whitecourt
Our dentists and team are always happy to welcome new patients to our office. If you are looking for a new dentist in Whitecourt, we hope you’ll consider us!