Many adults don't think twice about going to the dentist when they need to. They may not look forward to going to the dentist, but they'll still do it without hesitation. However, younger patients, older patients, and people who are a bit more on the timid side may be more hesitant. It's important that you find a family dentist in Waterloo that can put such patients at ease so that they are not hesitant or fearful about the experience. The following are some of the things to look for in a family dentist in Waterloo that can cater to the young, old, and timid:
• A Good Reputation - One of the best ways to become more at ease with the dentist you're about to visit is by looking up online reviews left by their patients. The better the reviews are, the less nervous you will be about scheduling an appointment. While you should have no trouble finding medical practice review sites on your own via search engines such as Google or Bing, some family dental practices may have a testimonial page on their website highlighting what their patients think of them. While this is helpful they are often hand picked before publishing them on the site. Third party review sites like Google Reviews will be the most accurate and show all and recent comments which are most important.
• An Inviting Atmosphere - A family dentist should make an effort to create an inviting and relaxing atmosphere. Some dental offices may have harsh lighting, a confusing layout, or a less comfortable clinical environment, which does not help to calm anyone's nerves. The office should be decorated in a way that creates a more inviting atmosphere (such as soothing colors, plants, music or children activities in the waiting area, not to mention comfortable chairs and perhaps a welcome beverage station with cold drinks or hot coffee).
• An Attentive and Friendly Staff - Everyone at the family dentist really should be friendly and attentive from the moment you step through the doors. The front desk staff plays an important role in helping put you at ease. They shouldn't leave you waiting, nor should they be short with you. The entire staff should be friendly to help put you at ease. • Clear Communication - One of the things that tend to scare younger, older, and more timid patients is fear of the unknown. A good family dental practice will make sure that the dentist's assistant will speak to the patient prior to any examination or procedure and communicate clearly what the patient can expect. When the patient knows what to expect and fully understand and agrees to the various treatment options, there's so much less to fear.
These are only some of the ways you can identify a family dentist that is capable of working with you or anyone of your family members. To schedule a no obligation appointment or to ask any questions please contact us today at Waterloo Smiles.