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How to Choose the Best San Marcos Dentist for You

Man in dental chair talking to dentistFinding a dentist in San Marcos is probably as easy as driving to the grocery store or your office. You'll likely pass at least one dental practice anywhere you go in town. However, finding the best San Marcos dentist for you is a little more of a challenge. At the dental offices of Nelson Y. Howard, D.D.S., we truly go the extra mile to offer patients exceptional dentistry services in a completely stress-free dental office environment. We want patients in San Marcos, Rancho Bernardo, and surrounding communities to find the best dental office to meet their needs, and we're here to help you find that practice. On this page, we'll walk you through some of the things you should look for before choosing the best San Marcos dentist for you and your family. If you would like to learn more about treatment from Dr. Nelson and his dedicated dentistry team, please don't hesitate to give our team a call to learn more or schedule a treatment consultation with us today. We have two offices conveniently located in Rancho Bernardo and San Marcos.

The Treatment Focus of the Dental Office

Most general dentistry practices will offer a range of preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dental care options. However, you want to find an office with a treatment philosophy that aligns with your oral health and hygiene needs. Many dentists offer information about available treatments online. If you know you'll need a specific service, you can also call the practice to find out whether or not the treatment is provided, or you can schedule a consultation to discuss your treatment options with the dentist and team. Some treatments that aren't necessarily a given that patients may want to ask about before scheduling an appointment include services like sedation dentistry, gum disease maintenance and therapy options, and family-friendly dentistry services.

At the Rancho Bernardo and San Marcos dental offices of Nelson Y. Howard, D.D.S., we are happy to offer comprehensive dentistry services using the latest dental techniques and technologies to ensure safety, comfort, and efficacy of your dental care plan. In addition to a basic range of preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services, we also offer the following more advanced treatment options:

Woman receiving teeth whitening treatment

The Dentist's Experience & Qualifications

This is likely the most straightforward thing you can check before visiting a dentist's office. Is the dentist qualified to provide safe, effective dentistry services? Most dentists publish information on their training and education online. If you don't see this information on a dental office website, you should feel free to call to talk to the knowledgeable dentistry team members and ask about the dentist's qualifications.

You can find out more about Dr. Nelson online, but he has provided patients in San Marcos and Rancho Bernardo exceptional dental care since completing his doctoral work and residency in dentistry in 1987. For more than three decades, Dr. Nelson has been dedicated to keeping patients smiling. In addition to basic preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services, Dr. Nelson has completed advanced training in dental implant supported tooth replacement, laser dentistry services, and he is one of only a few dentists in North San Diego County who has been accredited through the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

The Caring Dental Team

Man receiving dental careAnother of the more difficult factors to pin down is the quality of the dental care team. Without a caring team of dentistry professionals, the best dentist can struggle to make oral health care safe and comfortable. Dr. Nelson's Rancho Bernardo and San Marcos dentistry team members offer patients friendly dental care that allows them to experience complete comfort and relaxation during even the most advanced dental treatments. We truly care about helping patients feel relaxed, welcome, and right at home in our dental offices.

Positive Patient Feedback

One of the simplest ways to learn more about the real patient experience is to hear directly from the patients themselves. You can find online reviews about almost anything these days, so it's likely no surprise to hear that dental practices receive reviews from patients. If you want to learn more about the patient experience at Dr. Nelson's office, you can read reviews from our patients on Google+ and Facebook.

Comfort & Convenience

Studies indicate that if you don't feel comfortable in a dental office, you're more likely to keep up with your necessary dental care. It can be more difficult to determine whether or not you will be comfortable in a practice before you visit. Many dental offices offer consultation appointments that allow you to get to know the dentist, team, and dental practice before scheduling your first treatment appointment. A practice may also post an online office tour to help patients build expectations of what they will experience in the office.

In the Rancho Bernardo and San Marcos dental offices of Dr. Howard, we truly go the extra mile to ensure you are experiencing complete comfort and relaxation during every dental office appointment. We are dedicated to helping every patient learn to love visiting the dentist. Our team takes the time to listen to your needs and help you feel completely relaxed throughout your visit in our dentistry practice. If our gentle, attentive care isn't enough, we also offer sedation dentistry services to ensure patients are completely comfortable and free from pain throughout their time in our office.

Insurance & Financing Options

Dentist checking fit of woman’s oral applianceIf you invest in dental insurance coverage to offset the costs of your dentistry services, you should look for a dental office that will process and file your claims to help you maximize these benefits. If you're in need of more advanced treatments like tooth replacement or ongoing periodontal therapy and maintenance, you may also want to ask about financing options. Dr. Nelson and his team are happy to process and file PPO dental insurance claims, and we work with CareCredit to provide low and no interest financing plans. During your new patient dental exam and teeth cleaning, we'll walk you through our dental insurance coverage and help you with financing through CareCredit to fit dentistry services into your budget.