How To Change Dentists
There are many reasons people look for a new dentist: their dentist may have retired or moved they may be unhappy with their current dentist. They may be moving to the Buffalo, New York area (Welcome!) and have to leave a dentist they love. Or maybe their dentist does not do the kind of procedures they are looking for.
Whatever the reason, If you are looking to switch to a new dental office or need a dentist who specializes in dental implants or offers varying levels of sedation dentistry, here are three steps to make that change:
When individuals call our office and ask about becoming a new patient they also ask whether it’s easy to change dentists and what they have to do to make a change to a new dental practice. At Westermeier Martin Dental Care, we make it super-easy to switch to our office.
We understand it stresses people out just thinking about making a change in dental care providers. This can be especially true for those who suffer dental phobias. Just as we offer sedation dentistry, massages, aromatherapy, heated blankets, televisions and headphones during dental procedures, we go out of our way to make it easy to welcome new patients into our dental family.
You need to find a dentist
Do your homework and your research before you choose a new dentist for your family and for your unique dental needs. Ask for a recommendation from friends and family. Visit the dental office and ask if you can meet the dentist prior to your appointment. Ask for a tour of the facilities.
Go to Google and read the reviews your potential dentist has received from patients.
At our practice we offer free, no obligation, no commitment Dental Implant Seminars monthly –and that is a great way for potential patients to get to know us, get a tour of our office and ask questions of our dentists.
Once you’ve narrowed down your choice of dentists, call their office. Does a real person answer? How are you treated when you call? Are your questions answered? Do you feel rushed?
Regardless of the office you’re calling, you should feel comfortable from the start.
How do I transfer my dental records?
If you’ve been staying with your current dentist simply because you’re worried you’re going to have to deal with a confusing transfer of records, put your mind at ease. We will call your dental office for you and handle the records request – we do all the work for you!
When you come to our office – or any dentist – you will fill out forms and give us your medical and dental history. You won’t have to remember the dates and times of every filling or dental procedure you’ve undergone in the past because our skilled and experienced dental staff can look inside your mouth and see what’s been done in the past.
Your free dental exam gives us a better idea of your overall dental health and allows us to prepare a dental care plan that meets your unique needs.
We know changing dentists adds a layer of stress to an already anxiety-causing event and that’s why we make it as simple as possible. Your oral health is crucial to your overall health and because of that we don’t want the barrier of “I’m nervous to switch dentists” be what keeps you in a situation you’re unhappy with. Our welcoming policy also makes it easy for first time patients, high fear and low-pain threshold patients to feel comfortable and at ease.
Remember, the sooner you choose a new dentist – whether you’re switching from one to another – or are taking the step into addressing your dental health after a period of neglect, give our office a call and schedule your complimentary first dental examination.