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Nicholas Shubin, D.D.S.

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Top 10 Critical Things You Should Know
Before You Select a Cosmetic Dentist

Dentistry is an investment in the future of your smile. And, like any investment, you'll want to do a little research before making a final decision on dental work. These guidelines can help you choose the practitioner who's right for you.

  1. Investigate the doctor's training.

    The best dentists didn't just go to dental school; they also completed extensive post-graduate training programs. In addition, the best dentists regularly attend continuing education classes to stay up-to-date on new procedures and materials.

  2. Start with a consultation.

    Going in for a consultation is a great way to learn more about a dentist and dental practice. Consultations are generally inexpensive, and are sometimes even offered for free. Talk to the dentist before you commit to anything. Remember, it's your job to make an educated decision.

  3. Communication is key.

    It's essential that you be able to talk to your dentist - and that your dentist will listen to you! There's a lot of dialogue that needs to go into an individual long-term treatment plan. If you feel bullied, pressured, or rushed, then that's probably not the right dentist for you.

  4. Look at before and after photos.

    Take a look at the dentist's portfolio before you make up your mind. Pay specific attention to cases that are similar to yours. Make sure that the photos are of actual work done by the dentist, not just stock photos.

  5. Don't pay too much - or too little.

    Some dentists charge more by marketing themselves as high-end luxury dentists offering cosmetic smile makeovers. Other dentists try to make up for poor materials and shoddy work by offering low prices. Beware the extremes.

  6. An honest dentist sets realistic expectations.

    Watch out for doctors who promise more than they can deliver. You want a dentist who will tell you what can and cannot be done for your smile. You need to know how long the process will take, what you'll have to do, and any complications that could occur.

  7. Nothing compares to experience.

    Much like other people, dentists get better at things the more they do them. Ideally, your dentist will have lots of experience with dentistry in general and with cases like yours specifically.

  8. Check out the facilities.

    Take a look around. What sort of equipment does the practice use? What is their sterilization process? Is it a comfortable atmosphere? Are the employees happy and helpful? Do they take the time to answer your questions?

  9. Look for a practice that specializes in general and/or family dentistry.

    Unless you have special dental care needs, a general or family dentist will be able to monitor your overall oral health and hygiene. Should you later require the services of a dental specialist, your dentist will be able to refer you to a qualified specialist.

  10. Educate yourself on the various forms of sedation.

    Who you are and what you need done will determine which type of sedation dentistry is right for you. The more sedated you are, the greater the risks can be, and the more training a dentist needs to have. Sedation methods include inhalation anesthesia, which you may know as "laughing gas"; oral conscious sedation, which involves taking a sedative pill; intravenous sedation, where you're hooked up to an IV by a dentist with advanced training; and general anesthesia, which requires a trained anesthesiologist.

  11. Investigate the doctor's training.

    Most dental schools offer limited sedation training. Check that your dentist completed post-graduate training in sedation dentistry. Some types of sedation (for example, IV sedation or pediatric sedation) require advanced training and certification. In addition, the best sedation dentists regularly attend continuing education classes to stay up-to-date.

  12. Check the doctor's credentials.

    If the dentist offers oral conscious sedation, check to be sure that he or she has received training from the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS). For IV sedation, the dentist must be certified by the state as a specialist IV sedation dentist or oral surgeon. In addition, of course, you'll want to make sure the dentist is licensed through the state dental board.

  13. Make sure your informed consent is truly informed.

    Prior to sedation, you'll be asked to review and sign an Informed Consent form. This will explain details about the procedure and associated risks. Your dentist should be more than willing to take the time to review the form with you and address any concerns you may have.

  14. Written instructions are good for sleepy patients.

    The dentist should have special instructions for you both before and after treatment. No matter how good your memory is, it's useful to have this information written down. And if you've slept through your dental procedure, you're not likely to remember much.

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"We know that selecting a cosmetic dentist is not easy. I want you to know that you can call me personally with any questions or concerns."

27184 Ortega Highway, Suite 208

San Juan Capistrano, California 92675

Appt Tel: (949) 661-2052

www.sanjuancapistranocosmeticdentist.com

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Nicholas Shubin DDS is conveniently located at 27184 Ortega Highway Suite 208 in San Juan Capistrano, one block east of I-5.