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XXX Main St.
Honea Path, SC 29654
What To Look for in a Dentist
Take your time choosing a dentist, and don’t wait for an emergency! There are several things our group considered.
Location and office hours
Choose one close to home or work. This will make it easier to schedule visits and to arrive on time. Also, make sure that the dental office is open on the days and at the times when you are able to schedule an appointment.
Does the dentist accept your insurance? Offer multiple payment options (credit cards, personal checks, payment plans)? If your insurance plan requires referrals to specialists, can this dentist provide them?
Also, be aware that costs vary by practice. If you can, get estimates of what they might charge for common procedures such as fillings, crowns or root canal therapy. Even if you have dental insurance, you may be paying part of the costs yourself.
One of the most important things to consider when choosing is whether you feel comfortable with that person. Are you able to explain symptoms and ask questions? Do you feel like the dentist hears and understands your concerns? Would you feel comfortable asking for pain medicine, expressing your fear or anxiety, or asking questions about a procedure?
The office should be able to tell you about the dentist’s training. The office also should have policies on infection control. If the staff seems uncomfortable answering your questions, or you are uncomfortable with their answers, consider finding another dentist. You can also obtain information about a dentist’s qualifications from the local dental society or your insurance carrier. Most organizations of specialty dentists also list their members and qualifications.
Find out what happens if you have an emergency, either during normal office hours, or at night or on a weekend. A dentist should not refer you to an Honea Path hospital emergency room. You should be able to contact your dentist (or a suitable substitute) at any time by calling an answering service, cell phone or pager.
State licensing boards
Most state dental boards have a website where you can verify if your dentist is licensed. The website also should tell you whether there have been any disciplinary actions taken against him or her.
How To Find a Dentist
In conclusion, here’s how we found the best dentist in the city of Honea Path.
- Your Honea Path friends and family — Friends and family members are a great resource. Therefore they can tell you about the personality of the dentist and office staff, and answer questions. Here are some good questions to ask:
- How well treatment options are explained?
- How long do you have to sit in the waiting room?
- Comfort level asking questions?
- Are emergencies handled at the office?
- Average wait time for an appointment?
- How are bills handled?
Other Resources Used:
- Your dental insurance company — First of all, insurers will provide names and contact information for dentists who accept the company’s insurance. This is important because you will have to pay a lower fee if you use these dentists. Your insurer also may have other information, such as whether the dentist accepts new patients.
- South Carolina dental association — Each state has a dental association that can provide names of dentists who are members of the American Dental Association (ADA). ADA membership is voluntary. Most dentists are members. However, ADA membership does not mean a higher quality of care.
- Local hospital in Honea Path– Especially relevant, hospitals usually have preferred providers.
- The nearest dental school to Honea Path—A dental school in your area can be a great resource. Most dental schools have clinics that accept new patients. The care given at these clinics is excellent. The cost is often lower than visiting a private-practice dentist. Usually, routine care at a dental school clinic is provided by dental students and residents (dentists who are completing advanced training). Supervision is provided by dentists who teach at the dental school. For complicated and newer procedures, these clinics offer state-of-the-art care.