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How to Choose a New Dentist

Moving to a new city can be extremely stressful, even under the best circumstances. In addition to the actual move, there’s a lot of work to be done once you get settled. From navigating your way around to finding new friends, stores and services, moving can be very overwhelming, making it easy to forget important details. But relax - if you’re looking for a new dentist and aren’t sure what questions to ask, we’ve got you covered with this helpful guide.

Where to Look
Think about where you will be living and working. If you think you can take time off to go to the dentist, then you can probably search closer to home. Planning on going during your lunch break? Try someone closer to the office.

Insurance Plans
Do you have dental insurance? If so, make sure your intended provider not only is accepting new patients, but also takes your insurance. Sometimes your insurance company can refer you to a dentist that is in-network and do a lot of the legwork for you.

Licensing
With so many horror stories on the news these days about fake dentists, it’s not unreasonable to want to check your provider’s credentials. Your dentist should have his or her license posted somewhere in the office, but you can request license information over the phone when scheduling your appointment. You can also check your practitioner’s license on your state’s dental board website by using just their first and last name.

Reviews
Reviews are a double-edged sword, so to speak. With so many fake reviews out there, it’s hard to know which reviews can be trusted, which can’t, and which are just there for reasons that have nothing to do with the quality of care you receive at the clinic being reviewed. On the other hand, however, they can be extremely useful when accurate, so definitely read the reviews, but do so with a critical eye.

Details
The devil is in the details, as they say - and sometimes those details can be make or break when it comes to choosing a dentist. For example, do you need sedation during your appointment? Make sure you check to see if that’s an option. Is your dentist very conservative with what he or she considers a cavity, or will he or she suggest fillings at the first sign of trouble? What are the fees for out-of-pocket procedures, and does your dentist offer any payment or financing plans? You should also find out what services your dentist offers - do they do orthodontics, neuromuscular dentistry, cosmetic dentistry or sleep apnea treatment?

Those may not be imperative now, but it’s great to have a dentist who has expertise in multiple areas.

If you’re new to the San Diego area and would like to become a patient of Dr. Abelar’s, please call 858-256-4088.

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