In Calgary, finding an affordable dentist that you’re comfortable with can be quite a challenge. It’s very common to have anxiety about going to the dentist, and that anxiety can increase if you’re worried about the cost of your dental treatment.
Fear of the dentist and the cost of dental treatment are the two biggest reasons why people put off getting routine dental care. But getting routine dental care is critically important for good health and to prevent expensive and painful dental emergencies down the road.
Finding an affordable dentist in Calgary that understands how to put anxious patients at ease isn’t impossible, but it does mean doing a little homework. When you’re searching for a new dentist you should always:
Ask Family And Friends
Your family and friends are the best resource for finding an affordable dentist that you will feel comfortable with because you can trust their opinions. If they like their dentist and feel that the dentist provides great service you will probably feel the same way. Ask family and friends what dentists they like, and also ask what dentists they don’t like. That way you’ll know what dentists you should avoid.
Assess Your Dental Care Needs
Has it been awhile since you’ve had any dental work done, even a routine cleaning? If so you might want to look for a dentist that specializes in restorative care. If you know that you need to have extensive dental work done you might want to look for a dentist that offers both routine and specialized care. An honest assessment of what you need to have done will make it easier to find a dentist that can meet your unique needs.
Call Several Dentists
One of the best ways to find an affordable dentist is to call several different local dentists and talk to their customer service staff. Tell the customer service staff that you have anxiety about seeing a dentist and ask how they put patients at ease.
If they seem dismissive or short or if they have no standard operating procedures for helping anxious patients don’t book an appointment with that dentist. All dentists should be sensitive to a patient’s anxiety and offer things like soothing music, screens for watching TV during procedures, detailed explanations of treatments, and other accommodations that will help make the experience less traumatic for nervous patients.
At Inglewood Family Dental, we are proud to have acquired over 250 5-star reviews online and many of our reviews showcase how warm, inviting, and friendly our entire staff is.
Ask About Financial Options
Before you book an appointment with a dentist you can ask about payment options or payment plans. Many dentists have a customer liaison whose only job is to help patients figure out how to pay for dental care. Dentists know that care can be expensive and they want to help you explore all options to pay for treatment. A reputable dentist will always give you a treatment plan in writing after your initial examination. That plan will specify the costs of various treatments that you need so that you won’t be hit with any surprise bills.
We are pleased to offer flexible payment options and financing to make dental care affordable on any budget.
Ask About Discounts
Often you can get discounted dental care if you belong to certain professional organizations, if you’re a student, or if you’re an employee of certain corporations. When you’re booking an appointment with a new dentist ask if they offer discounts or special rates that you might be able to take advantage of. You may need to show your work ID or student ID but that can save you some money on routine dental care.
Finding affordable dental care from a high-quality dentist is possible even if you’re on a tight budget. With a phone few calls and some recommendations from friends and family you can find the dental care you need at a price that won’t break your budget.
We are pleased to offer senior discounts to help our Calgary seniors get the affordable dental care they need.
Looking For An Affordable Dentist in Calgary?
At Inglewood Family Dental, we are proud to follow the 2022 Alberta Dental Fee Guide which means that we won’t charge more than the recommended fee for your treatment. We strive to make quality dental care affordable to all Calgary residents and would love to help put a smile on your face. Contact us today to arrange a consultation and let our experience work for you.
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