Valley Dental Associates
9199 Reisterstown Road, Suite 206B, Owings Mills, MD 21117

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 Owings Mills, call Valley Dental Associates today at (443) 898-1240 or make an appointment.

Valley Dental Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Owings Mills. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Valley Dental Associates, 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 Valley Dental Associates.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Very professional staff.
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Good professional servive
Jane G.
The staff was really helpful and compassionate.
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My visit is always great!!! The best Dentist office I have ever been to!!!!
Nicole W.
I have been a patient of Dr. Weitzman for several years now and I have nothing to say but thank you for the excellent service rendered to me and also […]
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Taylor T.
I called today with a dental emergency at 11:00AM. I was given an appointment 2 hour later. I am now without the extreme pain! Thanks to Norma & Dr […]
Andrew R.
Timely, courteous, expertise
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Amit Y.
Dr. Stewart was excellent.
Judith F.
The dental service was excellent!
Nadine W.
Dr Weitzman has my highest recommendation.
Mayer S.
Matthew made me feel comfortable. He was positive and cleaned my teeth quickly.
Lashanda L.
Friendly, professional staff. Linda is so friendly, she rocks!
Scott S.
Excellent experience!
Rochelle F.
Dr. Stewart and Octavia were so wonderful to me. I have such anxiety when I go to the dentist and they both made me feel so at ease. Octavia even […]
Veronica W.
Excellent cleaning
Dieter L.
Every one was very pleasant, and nice .and took good care of me .
Linda K.
Dr. Weitzman and his colleagues are truly excellent - very skilled and quick, and on top of all aspects of dental care. I am usually someone who […]
Lee W.
Excellent service very accommodating.
Stanley Z.
mat was very pleasant, efficient and thorough. this is my second time with him and I have scheduled my next cleaning with him . Norma and Dr. […]
Gail K.
Dr. Gorman and his staff are awesome. Always friendly, always communicative, and they're always willing and able to answer my questions.
Sandi F.
Outstanding staff and services
Rachel D.
I called for an emergency appointment , and I was seen right away.
Kenneth K.
The staff and provider were excellent
Donna C.
Dr. Gorman did an excellent job of diagnosing and treating my tooth problem.
Susan H.
The care taken was really impressive and they are really good in doing a complete oral check up
Ravi C.
Always excellent
Bernard K.
My experience was great , i came in for a root canal , and was a little nervous about the pain , but Dr. Gorman and his asistant was the best ,i felt […]
Craig S.
It wax very good experience .
Joyce C.
No waiting. Staff was very attentive. Dr. Gorman explained every step of the procedure he was performing and what I should expect next.
Mark P.
I am more then please with my experience with Valley Dental.
John J.
I am always treated so well by the staff, dental assistant and especially the dentist! In the past, I avoided seeing the dentist because my teeth […]
Renee B.
Service was great and professional. People were friendly.
Nicole B.
All the staff at Valley Dental is wonderful especially Dr. Srewart. She was kind professional and very understanding
Romana D.
Dr. Gorman is great!
Barton S.
I am a life long patient with Valley and will remain so, whomever helps me is always aweesome.
Elliot B.
Great staff and I love Dr. Weiztman excellent care and very thorough and patient.
Trene F.
As always a great experience!
Teresa C.
Tough procedure performed without pain and in a very pleasant manner.
Charles S.
Complex appointment made as pleasant as possible by dentist and assistant.
Charles S.
I can't say that my favorite thing is going to the dentist, but If I must, Valley Dental is the place. It's very professional and the doctors, […]
Merle P.
Dr. Michael Weitzman and his staff are the absolute best. I've been going to Valley Dental for many years and never disappointed in service and […]
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Great service ....... Dr. Gorman is the best.
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Office Hours
  • Monday 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (443) 898-1240
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