If you live in Central Texas, you have a few choices when it comes to dental care. You could look for a small town dentist close to your home, or you could opt to commute to San Antonio or Austin to open up all the dentistry options a big city has to offer. You could try to find a hidden gem in a locally operated office, or you could settle for a time-tested dental chain. So what decision should you go with? The dentist you choose will no doubt become an important relationship in your life—a sort of partner in your and possibly your family’s dental care—so it’s understandable to want to make the best decision possible.
Ultimately, the best dentist for you depends on your individual needs, schedule, and comfort zone. A dentist office isn’t one-size-fits-all, as you need to feel comfortable around not only the dentist, but also the staff and office. That being said, below you can find some general things to keep in mind when choosing a dentist office.
Convenience & Accessibility
One of the first things you should consider is how easy it will be for you to plan and make trips to a certain dental office. You may prefer a location close to your home, or perhaps you’d prefer to make your appointments during work breaks and thus need a dentist office close to your workplace. Also keep in mind office hours and whether or not they work with your schedule. We operate off Hunter Road in south San Marcos, so our office could potentially be a convenient fit for most people living or working in San Marcos.
Professional Training and Credibility
If you’ve found some prospective offices you’re considering, the next thing you should look into is the dentists’ professional qualifications. What sort of training and certification do they have? Are the staff members well trained in both day-to-day activities as well as emergency situations? Do they practice proper sanitation and hygiene? Try asking the dentist and staff members what procedures<< are in place for different situations, and see how comfortable you are with their answers. You need an office with a dentist as well as staff that you can trust 100%; this is one area where the office of Larry D. Molenda, D.D.S. strives to expectations of every patient.
Comfort & Hospitality
Even if the dentist and staff are competent, you still need to feel comfortable in the office on a personal level. A dentist is someone with whom you form a long lasting relationship, someone you see regularly and need to feel comfortable telling the truth to. To this end, it’s important to find a dentist and staff who take the time to make you feel welcomed and don’t just try to get you out of the door as soon as possible. Being locally owned, our office strives to make visitors feel like family, and our dentist takes pride in the care he gives to every patient. If you’re looking for a comfortable office space, look no further than here.
Cost & Affordability
In the end, however, affordability can be a big factor in choosing an office for many people. You may consider going with an office that supports a particular insurance program you’re on, or you may find other affordable care programs supported in your area. You can also look to dental schools for highly affordable service, although you risk not getting the best service in the industry. Don’t give up oral care because of a tight budget, though! There are always alternatives.
With these tips in mind, you should be on your way to finding the best dental office for your needs and situation. If you’re in the Central Texas area, you should give the office of Larry D. Molenda, D.D.S. a try; we’re sure you’ll find our hospitable environment very welcoming, especially for a dentist office. Come check us out, and good luck in your search for the right dentist!