How to Select the Right Dentist for Your Family

How to Select the Right Dentist for Your Family

September 21, 2022

“I want to see the best dentist in Edmonton in the best clinic in Edmonton” might sound like a great place to start when you need a new dentist – but it isn’t very helpful when you consider how subjective the term “best” can be.  “I need a dentist near me” is slightly more specific, but it won’t help you narrow your search beyond a dentist in south Edmonton, for example

Does your family need a family dentist in Edmonton? Or just a general practice? How often will you require appointments? At Viva Dental Wellness, we always recommend that patients and their families consider a range of factors before they set out on their search for a new family dentist in Edmonton. Whether you are new to the area or have been here forever, understanding your family’s true needs will help inform your journey to identifying your new dental practice.

Oral Health History

What has your oral health journey been like so far? Have you been happy with the care you received? If not, what could have been done differently? Does your family have any genetic conditions that should be considered by your dentist in treating all members of the family? Are you planning to have children in the near future? Are your children aging out a pediatric practice and looking for a long-term relationship with a dental clinic in Windermere? What are your goals going forward on your dental journey? Are you happy with your natural teeth or will you require cosmetic treatments such as veneers or bonding in the future? Do you have ambitions to investigate Invisalign® or other orthodontic appliances to correct the alignment of your teeth? While many dental clinics in Edmonton offer these services, some services like dental implants may not be offered by the clinic you are considering. Make a note of these items and use them to ensure that the dental clinic in Edmonton of your choice offers these services in-house without referring out to other facilities. This can save you a significant amount of time if your needs are particular.

If you are looking for sleep apnea treatment in Edmonton, Viva Dental Wellness is the Windermere dentist that is also home to the Snore Center. Many people suffer from sleep apnea in Edmonton, and we pride ourselves on improving our patients’ quality of sleep and, therefore, quality of life.

Consider Location And Schedule

Everyone would love to have a dentist right up the street, but is location really your top priority? At Viva Dental Wellness, many of our patients are local to the Windermere area while other are in the area regularly for work or to attend extracurricular activities. If your teeth are generally healthy and you typically only see the dentist twice-a-year, you may find commuting to your dentist less inconvenient than if your dental condition requires regular visits to the clinic.

Your family’s schedule may determine how convenient, or inconvenient, it is for you to attend dental appointments. Families with busy schedules during the week may require weekend appointments, while those working shift work may prefer early morning or evening appointments. If you require particular appointment times, it should be among the first items you confirm with your prospective dental clinic in Edmonton.

Consider Availability

Do you have a concern about your oral health that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later? If this is the case, you’ll want to know how far in advance your prospective clinic is booking. If three months is the answer and your cavity is hurting now, don’t wait to have an emergency on your hands. See another dentist who is available sooner to handle your immediate issue regardless of whether that dentist will continue to follow your care.

Come In And Meet The Team

At our dental clinic in Windermere, we see many new patients who began their search knowing only that they needed a dentist in southside Edmonton. When their search narrows to a Windermere dentist, they find our clinic. Our receptionists are always pleased to answer questions about our practice, and we invite new patients to come into the clinic to meet the team and feel out the environment. Our friendly team members, quiet seating area and private treatment suites place patient comfort as our top priority. A private payment area is available to all of our patients and leads to a discrete exit for your convenience. Our team members are hand-selected for their skill in, both, their profession and their chairside manner. Trust is at the foundation of our relationships with our patients, and we place great emphasis on patient-practitioner communication. Patients who feel heard and supported are the key to any efficient and effective dental procedure.

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