How to Choose a Local Dentist

Idaho Falls Dentist, Machen Family Dentistry

By: Karli Willden

Local dentists are plentiful in nearly every city across the United States. With so many seemingly good options to choose from, it may be hard to come to a final decision as to which dentist might be best for you and your family. Having a good dentist can make all the difference in your overall experience. Below are a few good indications a local Idaho Falls dentistry is a good fit for you.

Consider Availability

Finding a dentist that can accommodate your busy schedule is a big thing. Families and parents may have work schedules or extracurricular activities, which may make it impossible to schedule an appointment. If you find a dentist willing to schedule an appointment at a time that works best for you, keep their name on the top of the list! Another thing to consider is some dentists may not even be accepting new patients. Give the local dentist you are considering a call, and check to make sure they are accepting new patients. Ask if the dentist would be available in emergency situations. A good dentist is an available dentist.

  • Is the dentist taking new patients?
  • Is the dentist office open during normal business hours?
  • Would the dentist be available if an emergency came up?


A lot of people spend a significant amount of time in a car on a day to day basis. When it comes to choosing a local dentist, consider a dental practice near you, so you can spend less time in the car and more time doing meaningful things. Check Google Places to determine how far a dentistry is from your location. Some dentists may be worth the drive for better care and a better experience. Dr. Machen provides services for patients in surrounding areas and patients have been reported saying, “It way worth the drive.”It is up to you to determine if a local dentist is worth the drive, or if you can find an equally good dentistry near you. Dr. Machen has patients in Idaho Falls, as well as patients in surrounding cities which make the drive for her!


Choose a local dentist with affordable dental care and where your insurance is accepted. Without dental insurance coverage, dental fees may be costly. Look for an office that offers cash discounts or no insurance specials. Prior to scheduling a dentist appointment, call and make sure your insurance is accepted at the dental practice. It will save you an unexpected dental bill in the mail. Machen Family Dentistry accepts most insurance companies, check out the list here.


Local reviews can be a great resource when it comes to deciding on a dentist. Reviews come from previous patients who want to share their honest experience at a dentistry. Look at the number of total reviews, and whether the majority of the reviews are positive. Use your best judgement to discern whether or not a dentist may be right for you. Reviews are a great way to determine the level of customer service, the atmosphere of the dental practice, the competency and friendliness of the staff, and the overall care received. Read reviews about Machen Family Dentistry here.  Also, consider talking to your close friends, family or neighbors on their recommendations as well.

Qualifications & Specializations

One of the most important things to look for in a dentist is his or her education, experience, certifications and specializations. Most dental websites will have a page specifically devoted for the dentist, so you can learn more about them. Check to see what makes them stand out from other dentists, and how they continue to make contributions to the field of dentistry. Some dental practices may have a specific emphasis on pediatric dentistry, sedation dentistry, general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, or family dentistry. Find a dentist near you with the best qualifications and specializations for your unique needs. Machen Dentistry is a family dentistry serving the needs of all, but with special emphasis on pediatric care. Learn more about Dr. Machen here.

Female or Male Dentist

A simple preference may be to have either a female or male dentist. For most people, this may not be a major, deciding factor, but for others it might be important in terms of who they feel the most comfortable with. Also, small children may feel more comfortable with a female dentist rather than a male dentist. It just depends on the unique circumstance and background of each patient and what they prefer. Dr. Esther Machen is one of the few female dentists in the Idaho Falls area. For more information, please feel free to give our dental practice at call at (208) 552-0775.