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Finding a dentist that you trust with your oral health can seem difficult especially if you live in New York; where there are many dental practices to choose from. You might simply want to go see someone participating in your plan or just go to someone who cost the least. Or maybe there is one right around the corner from you. But cost and convenience should not be the driving factor. When deciding who to choose to be your dentist or your family dentist, here are a few things to consider.

Choose a Dentist who Listens and Cares about Your Individual Needs

This should be the first qualifications you should consider. No amount of qualifications and other factors would be enough if the practitioner does not prioritize the patient’s individual needs. If you are scared of going to see a dentist, are afraid of needles, or would really just like to listen to some soft music while having your teeth cleaned, it’s important that you choose a dentist who understands your trepidation and can work to help to minimize your fears by maximizing your comfort level.

Asking a dentist what they can do for you is extremely important especially if you have any dental phobia. A dentist who understands where you’re coming from can help you create and maintain a smile that you will treasure your entire life.

Our doctors at Madison Avenue Dentists all have been patients themselves and we all agree that we prefer doctors who listens and understands our specific needs. Patients thrive under the care of doctors who genuinely care. This is the “Why” we do what we do in our practice.

Professional Qualifications

With so many dentists to choose from, it is important that you choose one that will be able to take care of all your specific dental needs. If you are in need of just one service like braces, or a wide range of services, such as routine check-ups, possible cavity filling, tooth whitening services, or maybe even the placement of an implant, it is important that the dentist you choose can check the boxes most important to you.

Experience in the dental field and an ongoing commitment to education of new techniques and dental science helps ensure that your dentist will be up-to-date and proving the best procedures to the highest standards possible.


One of the main reasons why people avoid scheduling regular cleanings is because they worry that their dentist is going to scold them for not flossing and demean them for the state of their oral health. Patients also do not want be pressured of doing treatments that you are uncomfortable or do not understand.

When you choose a dentist, make sure you vet your options and choose someone you feel comfortable with. If you feel like you would invite your dentist over for dinner, you know you’ve picked a good one. Dentists are supposed to be allies in dental health. The perfect dentist will help you understand why daily oral health is so important and encourage you to do your best to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Choose a dentist who you will look forward to seeing twice every year.

Friendly and Responsive Staff

Choosing a dentist who is committed to your oral health and doesn’t just treat you like a number, will encourage you to take charge of your routine. A dentist who is committed to your dental health will be up to date on the newest technological applications and know which ones could benefit your routine.

You will be happy to make your appointment and reaffirm your choice every time you walk into the office and are greeted by the staff. If you have found a dentist whose commitment to your smile inspires you to wind up that floss every evening, you have something special and have chosen the best dentist for you.

Passionate and Artistic with Cutting Edge Technology

If you feel that the dentist and the staff are really passionate to provide the best care and excited to help you have the most beautiful teeth, you are probably in a great practice. Doing dentistry is like performing “Art” that should be also functional and long lasting.

As a small practice we are able to make you as comfortable as possible with headphones for dental cleanings, relaxing chairs and an understanding that some people need an artistic touch to get them excited about coming to the dentist.

In order to keep that smile healthy for years, a responsible dentist must not perform restorations at the highest level, but perhaps more importantly, prescribe the appropriate Preventative strategies. These strategies are patient-specific, whether preventing cavities, gum disease, managing stress related tooth grinding to name a few.

Other ways to conserve tooth structure include Minimally Invasive Techniques – which are developing in dentistry. The old school approach used silver fillings – which required cutting more tooth structure. Now with composite resins and high-strength porcelain materials, Dr Oh and Dr Estafan can conserve tooth structure and use materials that maintain gum health as well as optimal aesthetics. Diode Lasers have also afforded us the ability to make micro-adjustments to gums with predictable pain free healing. It’s amazing how far dentistry has come.

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