First, I would like to say that this is a very good question and it is logical to be asked by not only those who look for a family and cosmetic dentist, but any health care professional. I would always try to get some recommendations from family and friends, then next I would check them out independently on the web by investigating their dentalÂ website. If you are like me and am looking to do business with a company but they don’t have a web site, I just move on to someone who does. If a dentist doesn’t have a quality website that addresses simple issues, then I would question their commitment to technology and modern cosmetic, implant and sedation dentistry. To be current in the dental field demands a continuing education on not only the dental aspect of the field, but the use of computers and software.
If I liked the website and what was offered, then I would investigate the following characteristics:
Is the dentist prevention oriented?
Does the dentist provide oral health instruction and education?
Does the dentist seem genuinely interested in your general health situation?
How available is the dentist?
What arrangements does the dentist have for handling emergencies that occur outside of office hours?
After considering the recommendations, call a dentist for an appointment. At your first visit, you should be able to learn a lot about whether he or she is the right dentist for you.
Do you have to wait for more than 5-10 minutes?
Try to Evaluate the following:
Is the general appearance of the office appealing and does it smell like a dental office?
Is the dentist and the dentist’s staff courteous?
Is the appointment schedule convenient for you?
In reference to technology, does the dentist use digital xrays and digital photos?
Do they have paper charts and have to write on paper or are they completely computerized?
If you have positive answers to these questions, then give them a call or email them.
Dr. Antolak treats his dental patients in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere where you are treated like a guest in the home.Â His motto is to “relax while we take care of your smile”.Â He specializes in cosmetic dentistry, implant dentistry and general dentistry using sedation dentistry if necessary for his high fear patients. He has been treating patients for the past 21 years and is located in Shelby Township, Macomb county Michigan. You can visit their website at www.TheGentleDentist.com