Your dentist is a crucial part of your overall health care team. Choosing a good dentist makes a huge difference in your health and your quality of life.
It can be overwhelming, however, to choose a dentist with so many options out there.
What makes a great dentist great? Is there an easy way to tell?
Fortunately, there are several signs that will help you choose a Sarasota dentist who has your best interests in mind:
Just as in every other aspect of health, a clean environment and attention to infection control are absolute necessities when it comes to your dental care.
Look around when you first walk in the door. How does the lobby look and smell? Is it well-kept and tidy?
When you are brought back into the treatment rooms, take a look around. Is the equipment clean? Reusable equipment should be sterilized and kept in sealed packaging until it is ready to be used. The dentist and hygienist should wear masks and gloves when working in your mouth.
Are you switching dentists? Your new dentist should request your records from your previous dentist. It’s important to keep care consistent, and knowing your history helps the dentist know areas of concern and also prevents unnecessary tests or imaging.
Additionally, Sarasota residents often live here part time and see another dentist up north as well. If you are a part-time resident of Sarasota, your dentist should also be happy to coordinate with your dentist up north to make sure that everyone is on the same page.
There’s no reason to use film x-rays when digital x-rays are faster, offer considerably less exposure to radiation, are far more precise, and are better for the environment.
Outdated technology could be a signal of other outdated techniques or treatments. With all the advantages of modern dentistry, why go see someone who hasn’t stayed up to date?
Your dentist should have the skills to offer a wealth of treatments and services so you don’t have to constantly be referred out to someone else.
You also want a dentist who reviews all your options with you, provides you with the information you need to make informed decisions and leaves the final decision up to you. You shouldn’t feel pressured or like you are getting a “hard sell.” This is health care, not a used car lot!
A good dentist and team take the time to get to know their patients. Learning more about you, your needs, and your goals for your health allows your dentist to work with you as your partner and provide you with the patient-centered care you deserve.
Call Your Sarasota Dentist
Are you ready to learn more? Dr. Kaya Aygen in Sarasota, Florida, is an excellent dentist who meets all of these criteria!
Call our office today to schedule your appointment. We’re looking forward to meeting you!