Many dentists are only open during the weekdays and close later in the afternoon or early in the evening. While these may be ideal hours for your dentist and dental team, it can be a challenge for patients to make time to see their dentist during these limited hours. As much as you’d like to keep up with your regular cleanings and checkups, when you have a busy job or kids, squeezing this into your schedule can be difficult. Fortunately, there are evening dentists and Saturday dentists out there. Continue reading to learn the benefits of seeing a dentist with extended hours.
One reasons to look for a Saturday or evening dentist is because it offers quite a bit of convenience. For many people, a Monday through Friday workweek is the norm on any given week. It can be very inconvenient for you to throw off this schedule by scheduling a dental appointment in the middle of a busy day. You would go to the dentist after you finish work, but by then, they are usually already closed. By seeing a dentist who is open later in the evening or on Saturdays, you don’t need to move around your busy schedule.
Peace of Mind at Work
You may have an employer that is completely understanding when it comes to meeting your oral health needs. However, not all workplaces are as accommodating. No one wants to be stressed out that their dental appointment will come back to bite them at work. By finding yourself an evening or Saturday dentist, work can be the least of your worries.
Saturdays Are More Laid Back
The overall atmosphere of going to the dentist on a Saturday tends to be more relaxed than visiting one during the week. Many people don’t go to the dental office on Saturdays because they have other things they want to do, making the office generally less busy and more people for patients who are seeing their oral healthcare provider. You won’t have as many other things going on in your day either. Ultimately, if you are a patient that suffers from dental anxiety or dental phobia, heading to the dental office on a Saturday may help to reduce your stress overall.
Instead of settling for a dentist with limited hours, try to find one that has extended flexible hours. They will be able to meet your needs at a time that works better for you!
About the Author
Dr. Andrew Tadros earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco. He is currently a member of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. His practice is open into the evening on the weekdays and on Saturday, so patients have more options when it comes to choosing an appointment time that works for them. For more information or to schedule an appointment at his office in Dallas, visit his website or call (469) 917-7444.