Are you new in town, or simply unhappy with your current dental clinic? Finding the best dentist in Vancouver, WA is a bit like finding the best supermarket or best pediatrician: individual results will vary! Every patient is going have slightly different tastes and expectations when looking for a care provider, but that doesn’t mean your perfect fit isn’t out there waiting to be discovered.
Ultimately, there is no “best dentist” as much as there is the best dentist for you and your family. Just like finding the best house or the best spouse, finding the best dentist means finding the right fit.
Read on for Dr. Carl Futenma’s tips for finding the best dentist in Vancouver WA to meet your family’s needs and expectations. Schedule a meet-and-greet at Creative Smiles and we’ll show you what makes our practice unique. Call ahead (360-574-3061) and we’ll make time to sit down with you and answer all your questions.
Don’t Be Afraid to Interview Your Dentist
Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t take the time to meet their dentist before treatment, and they schedule their first routine check-up to serve as an “audition.” We think it’s important to find a good fit. No one wants to be jumping around from provider to provider when their appointments aren’t as positive as they would like, so we will happily take the time to interview to be your dentist.
Having an informal conversation with a potential dentist is a great way to gauge the success of future interactions. What should you talk about? These are our favorite conversation starters:
- What makes your practice unique?
- What do some dentists get wrong, in your opinion?
- Why did you go into this field?
- How do you ensure your patients have a positive experience?
- How do you provide your patients get the best care possible?
- How do you make sure your patients feel comfortable and safe during appointments?
Consider Your Family’s “Special Needs”
Many people don’t think too much about it when trying to find a good provider, but every family has unique circumstances and unique needs. We all want top quality services, but a family with five young children is going to have vastly different priorities than one with an older teenager, or no children. When you meet with a potential dentist, don’t hesitate to share what your family needs and ask how he or she can help make your life easier!
Consider ranking how important each of the following factors is for your family. Mark the most important with a 1 and the least important with 11:
____ Affordable services.
____ Help with insurance paperwork.
____ Innovative treatments.
____ Patience with “difficult” patients.
____ Flexible scheduling and convenient hours.
____ Creature comforts and sedation options.
____ Family-friendly offices and waiting areas.
____ Respect for patient dignity.
____ Fast appointments, with no fuss.
____ Patient education/communication of dental health issues.
____ Warm and compassionate staff.
Taking the time to think about what you are looking for in a dental practice can help you focus in on what really matters the most. When you meet with potential dentists, ask how they approach your top three issues. You probably won’t feel the need to share these rankings with the providers you meet, but they may help you make a decision.
Find the Best Dentist for Your Family
We hope you’ll add a visit with Dr. Carl Futenma to your list of potential dentists. At Creative Smiles, we provide high quality affordable dentistry, with an emphasis on innovative care and patient comfort. To see what our patients like about Creative Smiles, read our testimonials. Happy hunting; we hope you find the best dentist in Vancouver WA to meet your family’s needs! Call us at 360-574-3061 to learn more about our practice or schedule an appointment.