Oceans Dental Group
3 Pine Cone Drive, Suite 108, Palm Coast, FL 32137

How to Find a Dentist

Dentist Selection

Finding a dentist for your family can seem like a difficult task. How do you find an affordable dentist who does their job well and cares as much as you do about the health of your family? A quick online search of local dentists shows mere words on a page, but you need more. And you can get more information—you just have to know the right questions to ask. The American Dental Association (ADA) wants to help you find the perfect dentist in your area to care for your oral healthcare needs. Use this list from experts to find a quality dentist anywhere life may take you.

Who to Ask About Finding Local Dentists

  • Get to know your neighbors and coworkers and ask for recommendations from people who you identify with and are familiar with the area. If you have family in the area, get their recommendations.
  • If you have a relationship with a local physician or pharmacy, ask for their recommendations for local dentists.
  • If you are in the process of moving, ask your current dentist if he or she has any recommendations or connections to put you in touch with local dentists at your new destination.
  • Contact the state or local dental society, which may be found on ADA.org or in the telephone book under “dentists” or “associations.”
  • Search online for “find a dentist near me” or “local dentists” and read the reviews of offices in your area. Gather information and inquire further about your top choices with friends, family, and coworkers.
  • Before you make a firm decision, visit the dental offices you are deciding among. Get a feel for the ambiance, the friendliness of the staff and, if possible, the dentist. Your comfort level with the environment is a big part of how you will feel about your routine visits.

Questions for Determining the Right Dentist

Your dentist is someone you need to be comfortable with; after all, you are partners in your oral healthcare. You not only want to find a dentist near you, but you need to find someone who genuinely cares about the health of you and your family and someone that you don’t mind visiting at least twice per year. Ask these questions  when considering local dentists:

  • Dental Office Hours: Are they convenient for your schedule? Does the dentist have emergency hours available too?
  • Missed Appointments: What is the dental office’s policy on missed appointments?
  • Location: Is the dentist easy to get to from work, home, and your child’s school?
  • Expertise & Experience: Where was your dentist educated? Where did he or she complete training? How often does the dentist attend continuing education opportunities?
  • Scope of Practice: What are the dentist’s views on preventive dentistry? Wisdom teeth? Orthodontics?
  • Anesthesia: Is the dentist certified to administer anesthesia? If so, which forms? Does the dentist offer anesthesia for comfort and relaxation during complex visits or only for specific procedures?
  • Costs: Is information about pricing, fees and payment plan offered up front when the treatment is scheduled? If not, what are the prices of common procedures, such as basic cleaning, oral exams, full-mouth x-rays, and cavity fillings?
  • Insurance: Does the dental office accept insurance? If so, which plans? What is covered by your plan?
  • The Environment & Staff: Does the office appear to be clean and organized? Do all surfaces and equipment in the treatment room appear clean? Is the dental staff helpful and willing to answer your questions? Do you observe the dentist and staff wearing gloves and other protective gear during actual patient treatment?

It is important to take your time and perform complete research. Don’t just choose any dentist, choose a dental care office that has your best interests in mind and makes you feel comfortable every time you visit.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Palm Coast, call Oceans Dental Group today at (386) 246-7619 or make an appointment.

Oceans Dental Group offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Palm Coast. Our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Oceans Dental Group, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Oceans Dental Group.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Wonderful staff of dentists and assistants. Very professional and caring staff. I would recommend this Office to all of my family and friends.
LaValle H.
Wonderful care from the moment I walk in.
Valerie A.
Communication was understandable and decisive
Michael Y.
Always an enjoyable experience when I’m there. The staff is lovely and very friendly every time I go.
Ashley B.
This is a Great place for Dental work the staff is awesome !!!
Robert J.
Very friendly staff & good location
Rakinya H.
Denise, the new hygienist with this office, was very caring and informative with me. I was her first patient.
Adrienne W.
Professionalism, thoroughness of staff. Full disclosure of costs and explanation of insurance coverage.
Aimee B.
Excellent staff
Kayla A.
Very friendly staff and helpful. Especially since I’m very scared . The dentist and assistant were wonderful as well .
Nina M.
They did an outstanding in identifying and then treating an issue I was unaware of in a timely and professional manner. Very pleasant office environment. Makes me feel welcomed and appreciated every […]
Guy T.
The staff was is very professional. I can’t say enough about the doctor she was is awesome.
Bernice W.
Marina, the hygienist, did an exceptional job, she explained everything she was doing and why, she was thorough, she has excellent people skills, a great personality, and made the entire experience […]
Aaron W.
The service that I received was great. There were no major problems.
Stephen M.
Very professional in all aspects of patient care.
Margaret C.
I needed an emergency exam as I was so much in pain, the staff were extremely friendly and helpful, the dentist and assistant were very gentle and understanding, due to my current financial […]
Diarmuid C.
Thorough, friendly service
Debra P.
Great staff, bright clean office, treatments were painless, no waiting.
Denise H.
Staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Made me feel very at ease
Linda H.
I was early for my emergency appointment and they took me in right away. The dental assistant made sure I was comfortable, took an X Ray and explained what she was doing. Dr. Zelinski then explained […]
Adrienne W.
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Office Hours
  • Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (386) 246-7619
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