Q: My daughter is looking for a new dentist. I told her to just ask friends. How do you feel about searching for dentists? I see ads for 1-800-DENTIST, websites that lists all kinds of doctors, Google searches, etc.
A: I had a new patient in the office today having an awesome, routine periodontal maintenance visit with Rita the hygienist. I asked him: How did you hear about us? He said: “I just put in my phone: “Dentists near me.” I responded with: “So how do you know I’m not just a shlump? (Although a well located shlump.)
He told me he was really looking for a hygienist nearby to see for his cleanings while wintering in Florida from New England.
I had a professional golfer a few years back, before he became number one in the world, who found me by speaking into his phone: “Hey Siri. Cavities.”
Personally, you won’t find me saying: “Siri: Heart surgeon near me.” or “Prostate surgeon near me.”
Dentist near Me…
Make sure referral networks are not paid-for by the doctors to be listed like 1-800-Dentist. Know that google ads are paid for by the same.
Google the type of doctor and the procedure you are needing, along with the geographic area of choice. After you find the doctor in your geographic location, view his google reviews, but click on the people who are placing them. I like when they use their real name vs. their pet hamster’s name, like “Morty.” See their other reviews. Do they complain about every doctor and restaurant they visit? Ignore Yelp and Angie’s list. Just not refined enough in my opinion, unless you need a locksmith or foot massage (or one that does both!)
Don’t be alarmed if you see a few one star reviews; no doctor on the planet can please everybody. Read the doctor’s responses to the reviews. I feel the quantity of reviews where the patient lists the procedure they had are significant. If you need veneers or implants and they have about 100 five star reviews where the patient mentions these exact procedures; that sounds pretty Kosher.
Check out the website of the ones you like. Look at before and after photos and how the office looks. Read their list of services.
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