How to Choose the Right Dentist for You

Are you looking for a dentist in Sydney River? Finding the right dentist can be a tricky task, so today our dentists are offering some advice on how to make the right choice.


A good dentist will be well-known in their neighbourhood. Research the dentists your friends, family, and coworkers recommend by asking them about their experiences with them. Online reviews are a great resource for this.

You may also contact your local or provincial dental society for a list of practicing dentists in your area.

Personal Rapport & Comfort Level

One of the most crucial factors to take into account is whether you will feel comfortable with this person because your relationship with your dentist is important. Think about the following during your initial consultation or appointment with a new dentist:

Do they spend the necessary time hearing you out as you describe your symptoms and pose inquiries? Do they effectively address your questions about the procedures you'll need and are there any worries or apprehensions you'd feel comfortable expressing? Is it clear that the dentist is listening to and comprehending your worries?

Specialties, Services & Emergency Care

Dental technology advancements have enabled many dentists to provide a wide range of services. Do the dentists you're considering provide a full range of services, including preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry? What about medical emergencies?

If you or a family member has a specific oral health issue, it may be useful to choose a dentist who specializes in that area.

Location & Office Hours

Is your new dentist close to your home or workplace? How about public transportation? Is parking easy to find if you drive? Are the hours convenient for you?


It is critical that your dental office can accommodate patients with special needs. This is a critical aspect of comprehensive dental care, from physical accessibility to dental sedation services.

Costs & Money Matters

By practice, costs frequently differ. Does your dentist adhere to the provincial Dental Association Fee Guide? Do they accept your insurance, and can they submit an electronic insurance claim?

Are there multiple payment options (personal checks, credit cards, interest-free payment plans)?

The most crucial factor is your health, but money is also a concern. Asking for an estimate before any procedures shouldn't be a problem. Any questions or issues you may have can be handled by our administrative team at any time.


How does the office handle scheduling appointments, sending out reminders, cancelling them, and dealing with other problems?

The Office

Is the dental office clean and orderly? Are the receptionists/administrative team welcoming?

Can you come in before your first appointment to help you make a decision? We welcome patients to visit Riverside Dental at a pre-arranged time to get to know our office. We are proud of our friendly team and clean, well-organized workplace. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.

The Dentist’s Approach to Care

When it comes to choosing a dentist, it's also important to ensure that your new dentist shares your values. Talk to the dentist about his or her approach to dentist-patient relationships and whether you two are a good fit.

Welcoming new patients in Sydney River

Our dentists and staff are always excited to meet new patients. We hope you will think of us if you are looking for a new dentist in Sydney River.

If you’d like to book an office tour or an initial dental exam at Riverside Dental, contact us today.

Book an appointment today with Riverside Dental.

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