The American Dental Association (ADA) or a state dental association is another way of finding a dentist. These individuals have made a commitment to their profession by joining these associations.
Your doctor, Certified Diabetes Educator or pharmacist may also have a list of dentists who work with people who have diabetes.
Compare your list to the list of providers with whom your insurance company does business. There’s no point in finding a great dentist who doesn’t take your insurance.
After you’ve narrowed down your list, hit the Internet. Many dentists also have websites which will give you information on where they went to school, how long they’ve been in practice, the types of services they offer, if they attend regular conferences or have continuing education, what their treatment philosophy is, types of anesthesia they are licensed to use, even pictures of their office and facilities.
When you call a dentist’s office, does the receptionist sound professional and courteous? Ask if they are accepting new patients and ask if they have experience working with patients who have diabetes? Are they able to answer your questions? If they seem reluctant to answer your questions that could be a sign of potential trouble in the future; best to move on to your next choice.
When you schedule your appointment be sure to ask what their cancellation policy is. If you do have to cancel your appointment be sure to do it in the appropriate time frame or you may be charged – not a good way to start a relationship!
If you have an allergy to latex, mention it when you make the appointment so the office can prepare for your visit.