How to Choose the Right Dentist for You

It can be difficult to choose the best dentist for your needs. Here, our Carbonear dentists explain factors you should consider when you choose the right dentist for you in order to make a sound decision.


If a dentist is good, they will have a solid reputation. You can build a list of dentists in your area to research and choose from by asking friends, family, and co-workers who their dentists are and if they recommend them.

You can contact your local or provincial dental society for a list of practicing dentists in your area.

Personal Rapport & Comfort Level

When you arrive at a dentist's office for your first appointment or consultation, keep an eye out for the following things:

  • 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?

By asking yourself these questions, you can sus out if that dentist offers compassionate care and makes you feel comfortable at your appointment.

Specialties, Services, & Emergency Care

Thanks to modern advances in dentistry, dental offices are able to offer far more services and equipment than they ever could before. There are some services (preventive, restorative, or appliance-based) that are offered by dentists with certified specializations in those areas.

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?


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.

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 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.

The Office

Is the dental office clean and orderly? Are the receptionists/administrative team welcoming?

At Carbonear Dental, we are proud of our compassionate dental team and clean, organized environment. We look forward to answering any questions you may have.

The Dentist’s Approach to Care

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.

Welcoming new patients in Carbonear

Our dentists and team are always happy to welcome new patients to our office. If you are looking for a new dentist in Carbonear, we hope you’ll consider us!

Contact our Carbonear dental team today to request an appointment!

New Patients Always Welcome

Looking for a dentist in Carbonear? We're happily accepting new patients at our dental clinic! Contact us to get started today. 

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