choosing a doctor

We understand that one of the most difficult decisions you can make is choosing a doctor.  During our 30 years of practice, we have asked our patients what is most important to them.  Above all, patients have said that their biggest concern is that the doctor must be qualified and compassionate.  We have always believed that the relationship we share with our patients is built on respect, kindness, compassion and quality.  But how can you, as the patient, make sure that a doctor (and their staff) is right for you?  We have compiled a list of questions you should ask before making your choice.

1.   How long has the doctor been in practice?

2.   What areas of expertise does the doctor focus or specialize in?

3.   What continuing education has the doctor been through in this particular area?

4.   How many hours of continuing education has the doctor had in this area?

5.   How many patients have they treated for this problem?

6.   What is their success ratio?

7.   Are there any patients who have gone through this treatment that would be willing to talk to me before beginning treatment?

8.   Are all costs and timetables for this treatment clearly defined in writing?

9.  What is their definition of success in terms of therapy or treatment?

10. Does the dentist seem truly genuine ?