Manatee Dental At College Plaza
3633 Cortez Road W, Suite A1, Bradenton, FL 34210

What to Consider When Choosing a New Dentist

Dentist Selection

When searching for a new dentist, you need to know exactly what you are looking for. Are you seeking a specialty dentist for a particular issue or are you new in town and need an affordable dentist for your family? Finding a local dentist that ideally suits your needs is never as simple as choosing a name from a sheet of paper. You need to know the facts: the dentist’s qualifications, hours of operation, and any specialties. Plus, you want to know that you and your family will feel comfortable, not only with the environment of the office, but with the dental care team, too. Use these tips to find the perfect dentist in your area.

8 Tips for Choosing the Right Dentist

Everyone has different reasons for seeking a dentist. Some have overcome dental fears and are ready to get their oral health in order. Others may be suffering from conditions that have deteriorated their oral health and require a specialist. New families may need to find a pediatric dentist or a family-friendly dentist who is experienced with children. Someone in a new city may just need to find a new dentist. Or, you may want a special procedure that calls for cosmetic dentistry experts. Whatever you need, there is the right dentist for you nearby.

Do an online search for “Find a dentist near me” or “local dentists.” Read the reviews and collect data on your top choices, then ask trusted friends and neighbors or even your doctor for recommendations. When you find preferred practices, set up an appointment on the phone or in-person and inquire:

  1. Ask how long the practice has been in operation and/or how long the dentist has been in practice.
  2. Learn more about the dentist’s education and training. Where did he or she attend school? If a specialist, where did he or she complete residency and additional training for his or her expertise? Does he or she pursue continuing education to stay up to date?
  3. Ask what procedures the dentist performs. Ask about anesthesia: which form he or she is certified to administer and what procedures it is used for.
  4. If the dentist meets some of your needs in regards to services, but not all, find out what the referral process is in the event you need more specialized care.
  5. Ask about the hours of operation of the office. Does the office have emergency dental care hours/appointments?
  6. Does the dentist treat only adults or families, as well?
  7. What are the costs? Are there payment plans? Does the dentist accept insurance?
  8. Do you like the environment? Is the office staff friendly? Is everything neat and organized? Is it clean and sterile? Does the staff use gloves and wash their hands? Is the dentist friendly and caring?

Your dental care is a partnership between you and your dental care team. It is important to find somewhere you are comfortable and where you like the staff and the dentist. Take your time, do your research, ask questions, and don’t be afraid to continue your search until you find the right fit. This is about your health.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Bradenton, call Manatee Dental At College Plaza today at (941) 584-4356 or make an appointment.

Manatee Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Bradenton. With 2 affiliated practices in the Bradenton area, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Manatee Dental At College Plaza, 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 Manatee Dental At College Plaza.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Dr Jose Garcia was quick and effecient! I had a smooth experience. The whole staff was understanding and willing to work with me. Will definitely come back and make him my main dentist!
Naussicaa R.
I received the greatest of care at Manatee Dental on Cortez Avenue in Bradenton. Dr. Garcia and his staff we amazing. I was seen very quickly (a 5 minute wait where I was told I would live the […]
Karen P.
Very nice and was explained what and why you were doing
Larry K.
Not only has the staff been incredibly helpful, but Dr. Boss clearly loves what he does and cares deeply about the dental health of his patients. His skills are excellent, his bedside manner […]
Mary G.
Everyone is very friendly and knowledgeable!
Laura C.
Great service. Caring people. Very thorough
Lesley S.
Absolutely thrilled with the quality and care. Just a bit of a wait due to backup.
Kathryn F.
Friendly pleasant service, helped to put me at ease.
Roger W.
Very professional and comfortable environment.
John S.
Patient care appears to be much more important than finding expensive procedures to talk patients in to. I had become wary of dental practices since moving to Florida. Several had handed me treatment […]
Jean M.
Good fast service, and painless.
Kyla M.
My wife had a difficult tooth extraction.. Our dentist and his assistant made her and her husband very comfortable during the procedure. Before we left, our dentist and his assistant, prepared us for […]
Donald H.
Friendliness of staff, thumbs up to Omar and Linda.
Aurita H.
Dr. Garcia & Vanessa made it as good as going to the dentist could be, very professional & pain free!
Deborah H.
Very friendly staff.
Aurita H.
Excellent service from staff and dentist.
Daniel D.
Dr Garcia was great. He treated me like a person and helped me with my dental pain. The dental assistants were also very nice.
Chase M.
Very Professional….
Patricia C.
I was having a problem with swollen glands and thought it could be related to my teeth. This is not my normal dentist and or office, I was welcomed and the Dentist went above and beyond to figure out […]
Linda S.
The entire staff was very supportive and everyone worked as a team.
Michele W.
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  • Monday 8:00 AM - 1:00 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 - 5:00 PM
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  • Sunday Closed
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