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How to Choose Dentists in Omaha, NE

Mark McGuire - Sunday, July 15, 2012

Choosing dentists in Omaha, NE can be rather difficult because there are so many to choose from. After all, how do you tell one dentist from another? Many people fear going to the dentist because of all the things that can go wrong, but if you choose wisely, you can avert these horror stories. Here are six things you should take into consideration when choosing dentists:

  1. Office hours and location – This is much more a question of practicality than anything else, but practicality matters. You can find the best dentist in the world, but if his or her office isn’t convenient for you and the office isn’t open when you can go in, then it won’t matter. Consider their location to your home or work and whether it will be easy enough for you to get an appointment during the hours that are convenient for you.
  2. Continuing education – Other than practicality, the other main thing you should be concerned about is whether the dentist is up to date on the latest trends and techniques for treatment. Be sure to look into not just where he or she was educated originally for their dental degree but also whether they participate in continuing education opportunities and attend conferences and seminars so that they can stay up to date on current dental trends and concerns.
  3. Preventative care – Every dentist has his or her own personal way of approaching preventative care. Some dentists are more laid back, while others understand that preventative care is the best course of treatment. While it is important to find someone you can work with, it is also essential that you find someone who understands just how important preventative care is. He or she should be interested in educating patients about preventative care rather than just raking it in on all the problems caused by not taking care of your teeth.
  4. Anesthesia certifications – One of the reasons there are so many horror stories related to going to the dentist has to do with whether or not anesthesia can be given. Some dentists are certified to give varying levels of anesthesia. If this is important to you, then you should check to see what they are certified for. You don’t want to be stuck at a dentist needing major work done only to find out that minimal relief is available because they aren’t certified for other kinds of anesthesia.
  5. Emergency dental care – You should also find out what their procedures are for emergency dental care. Most dentists have some type of agreement with one of their peers or with some type of emergency referral service. Others have their own contingency plan in place. Just find out how they handle emergencies so that you can know what to expect in the event that one does arise.
  6. Fee schedule – Also make sure that they spell out their fee schedule up front before you even see someone. Payment plans and fees should be made clear before you schedule a treatment. Sometimes an exact price may not be available because they might not be totally aware of how much work needs to be done. However, in these cases they should still be able to provide you with an estimate. While comparison shopping for fees from different dentists, you can get a good idea of how their prices compare by checking fees for some of the most common procedures like cavity fillings, full mouth x-rays, and oral exams with cleanings.

McGuire Dental Group’s dentists in Omaha, NE are leading providers for quality dental care.