When you move to a new city, it entails finding a full complement of new health care providers, including a new dentist. This is an important decision, so you should explore the qualifications of these professionals and the logistics of their practices to make sure that the provider is a good fit for you.
The provider’s qualifications are the first consideration for many patients. Where did he or she complete dental school, and did he or she complete any advanced training beyond that? Is the provider a member of local, regional, state or national dental organizations and how does he or she stay updated on the latest developments in the practice of dentistry?
Certain elements of technology are expected at a minimum these days, and your new practice should be on board with this. Digital X-rays are the norm and they reduce the patient’s exposure to radiation. If a practice is still using old-school X-ray equipment, it may be a red flag.
You should also be able to develop a trusting relationship with your dentist and feel confident that they have your best interests in mind. Granted, this takes time to develop, but it’s an important element in your care. After all, if you don’t like or trust your provider, you won’t be inclined to come back for even routine care.
Some of your desired qualifications for your new dentist will depend on your own unique needs. Are you a particularly anxious patient? You may want to choose a practice that offers sedation dentistry. Do you tend to need extensive care? Select a group that is capable of providing a variety of interventions beyond cleanings.
The office should have accessible hours that are convenient for your schedule, as well as welcoming staff and an appearance that makes you feel comfortable while you are there. The office should also be clean and demonstrate adequate techniques for keeping tools sterile.
Contact the office of Dr. Richard Sousa at 516-484-6600 and schedule a visit to help determine whether our practice can meet your needs. Feel free to ask any questions of our experienced, knowledgeable team.