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What to Look for In a Family-Friendly Dental Office

June 17, 2020
Posted By: Dr. Lukasik
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5 Ways You Know Your Family is in the Best Hands

As parents, it can be difficult to know who to trust with your family’s health. Often, we turn to friends and relatives for recommendations. If you are researching your local Merrillville dental offices for a good fit for your family, here are 5 things to consider when choosing a family dentist.  

1. An Experienced Dental Team

Going to the dentist can be scary, especially for young kids. You want to make sure the dental team you see understands the needs of your entire family. Look for a team that focuses on comfort, communication, and collaboration. If you aren’t sure, ask the dental office how they handle first-time appointments with children. If they don’t do anything differently than an adult appointment, you may want to look elsewhere. However, if they talk about explaining the tools to the children, taking the first appointment slow, discussing dental terms in child-friendly ways—you will know they have experience and will likely do a great job with your kids. 

2. The Latest Technology

Technology is an important element when looking for a good family dentist. You want to find an office that prioritizes efficiency, patient comfort, and quality dentistry. These days, technology can make or break your experience. Look for a dental office that has things like digital x-rays, intraoral cameras, CAD/CAM equipment, and smile design software. These are signs the dentist is up to date on the latest tech and you will have a comfortable, quality experience. 

3. A Focus on Family Dentistry on the Websitefamily of four camping

If you are looking for a family-friendly dental office, the website should tell you a lot. If they don’t list ‘family dentistry’ or ‘pediatric dentistry’ you may want to look somewhere else. Look for words and phrases like:

  • Family-Oriented Dentistry
  • Custom care for kids
  • Office is warm and inviting
  • Hygienists, assistants, and front desk staff are friendly
  • We ensure that you’re comfortable and happy during your visit.
  • Office is a peaceful place
  • The team will work with you to alleviate your concerns.

4. Five Star Reviews 

Let’s face it, reviews are powerful, and should be considered when choosing a dentist. Take a look at the testimonial page on the dental website, or the reviews on the business Facebook page to get an idea of how real patients rate their experience. Here are a few examples of great reviews:

Patty Jo K.
This is the only dentist office my family will go to. Their staff and service make every visit a great experience as they address all of my dental concerns, teach about oral health, with a pain free, and happy visit. If you are looking for a dentist that provides superb service, look no further! Here you are not a patient you are family! I am blessed to have found such a great team! :)

Besilda T.
Because of my insurance, I had no option but to transfer to an in-network dentist last year. When it was time for open enrollment, I changed my provider and made sure that Dr. Lukasik is in-network so I could go back to Southlake Dental. I love everybody in SLD. All of them are super friendly and welcoming. Dr. Lukasik is an excellent dentist - skilled, very thorough and meticulous yet very kind and caring. He is very nice, very professional, gives you a heads up on what he is going to do and answers your questions in the most simple way you can understand. Jeanine, my dental hygienist is awesome. Going back there this morning made me feel like home. I will never go anywhere else. I have been to many different dentists over the years but Dr. Lukasik tops them all. He is the only one truly and genuinely caring and his staff is the best. ♡♡♡

family of four smiling outsideJudy S.
Dr. Lukasik is an excellent dentist - smart, professional, personable, trustworthy, caring. He takes time to explain procedures and answer questions. I'm very grateful that he is my dentist!! The staff who work for the Dr. Lukasik is extremely friendly and helpful. They're like "family".

5. A Wide Range of Hygiene and General Dentistry Options

If you are in the market for a new dentist for your family, make sure they have all the services you want in one place. Look for the basics things like preventive care, cleanings, and restorations; but also services you may want or need like extractions, smile makeovers, and emergency appointments

Finding a dental office where you feel comfortable is important for the long-term health of you and your family. If you would like to schedule your family for an appointment with our friendly and skilled team at our Merrillville, IN office, call us today at (219)769-6424

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