Skip to Main Content

How to Choose the Right Dentist for You

Share This Page

Are you searching for a dentist in the St. Thomas area? Finding the right one for you can be a difficult task. So, here, our dentists offer some advice about how to make the brought choice for your smile.


A dentist should have a good reputation in their community for attentive care. Ask your family, friends and coworkers about the dentists that they see and then look into their suggestions yourself. Online reviews can be handy tool 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

Your relationship with your dentist is an important one, so one of the most essential things to consider is whether you’ll feel comfortable with this person. During your initial consultation or appointment with a new dentist, consider the the following:

Does the dentist take the time to listen to you as your explain your symptoms and ask them questions? Do you have anxieties that you would feel comfortable expressing and when you do, does the dentist effectively answer your questions? Does the dentist seem to hear and understand your concerns?

Specialties, Services & Emergency Care

Advances in dental technology have allowed many dentists to offer a wide range of services. Do the dentists you are considering offer the dental services, including preventive, restorative and cosmetic treatments, that you need? What about emergency care?

if you or a member of your family has a specific oral health issue, it may be helpful to choose a dentist that specializes in that area.

Location & Office Hours

Is your new dentist close to your home or place of work? What about public transit. If you drive, is their parking situation convenient and easy to navigate? Are their hours in line with your availability?


For patients with special needs, it’s important to make sure that your dental office can accommodate them. From physical accessibility to dental sedation services, this is an important aspect of dental care.

Costs & Money Matters

Costs of services will often vary by practice. Does your dentist follow the current Dental Association Fee Guide set out by their provincial governing body? Do they accept your insurance plan and file insurance claims electronically?

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

While your health is the most important factor, money is also an issue. Don’t hesitate to ask for an estimate for any procedures. Our administrative team is always here to address any questions or concerns you may have.


How does the office manage appointment scheduling, reminders, cancellations and other issues?

The Office

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

Are you able to visit the clinic before making your first appointment to help you to make your final decision? We are more than happy to have patients visit Fairview Dentistry at a pre-scheduled time so that you can get to know our office.

The Dentist’s Approach to Care

When it comes to choosing a dentist, it’s also important to confirm that your new dentist has the same values you do. Talk to the dentist to learn about his or her approach to their dentist-patient relationships, and whether you two would be a good match.

Welcoming new patients in St. Thomas

Our dentists and staff are happy to welcome new patients to our office. If you are looking for a new dentist in the St. Thomas, we hope you’ll consider us!

If you’d like to book an office tour or an initial dental exam at Fairview Dentistry, please contact us.

Let Us Help You Smile

We are your St. Thomas dentist for the whole family. Learn how we can make a difference in your smile.

Request Appointment

(519) 631-7340