Patients in the UK have two options when finding a dental practice: register with an NHS dentist or choose a private dentist.
Private dentistry is becoming more popular among patients, with one NHS survey finding that 25.9% of respondents preferred using a private dental practice. But why are more people choosing private dentists, and is it the right choice for you?
Read on to discover six reasons why people choose a private dentist.
Private dental practices offer more flexible hours, which are often better suited for working professionals and families.
NHS dentists are mostly open between 9 am- 5 pm, while private dentists offer greater flexibility. Private practices may offer early mornings, late evenings and even weekend appointments.
For example, here at Mola Dental, we are open:
- Monday – Thursday: 8:30 – 19:30
- Friday: 8:30 – 16:30
- Saturday: 9:30 – 2:30
That’s because we understand how important it is for you to schedule your dental appointments around your other commitments.
Another reason more patients are choosing a private dentist is that they have better availability in terms of registration.
Many NHS dental practices aren’t taking on new patients. In fact, an investigation led by the BBC found that nine in ten NHS dental practices aren’t accepting new adult patients.
As well as better registration availability, private dentists also have more appointments to offer, which makes it easier for you to choose a time that suits you.
3. Shorter waiting times
Due to high demand, backlog and staffing pressures, NHS patients can wait up to 18 weeks or longer for an appointment. Nobody wants to wait that long for a dentist appointment, especially if you have urgent dental needs.
Comparatively, private dentists have shorter waiting times, with many practices being able to offer appointments in the same week.
At Mola Dental, we have an online booking system, allowing you to see our next available appointments and choose the one that suits you.
4. Access to more treatments
Patients who opt for private dental care also benefit from access to a wider range of treatments. For example, private dentists offer cosmetic treatments, such as teeth whitening, Invisalign and composite bonding.
NHS dentists don’t offer cosmetic dentistry because they focus on fixing existing dental issues, such as general check-ups, crowns and root canals.
Not only do you have greater access to treatments when you choose a private dentist, but you also can benefit from long-term and preventive care plans and advice.
5. Control your finances
Using a private dental practice can help you control your finances too.
How? Most private dentists offer dental plans, which can help you work out your budget and minimise the risk of dental plans, which can help you work out your budget and minimise the risk of having unexpected bills.
At Mola Dental, we offer a range of dental plans to suit you and your family, including a basic, adult, child, and premium plan. We also offer a 0% finance payment option to help spread the cost of treatments.
6. Longer appointments
Many private dental practices have fewer patients, so your dentist can spend longer with you.
Longer appointments are beneficial for several reasons, such as they help make you feel more comfortable and give your dentist more time to assess your individual needs. They also allow you and your dentist to discuss your dental health and create long-term care plans together.
Want to try a private dentist in Sheffield?
Are you ready to see if a private dentist is right for you? We can help at our Sheffield Dental Practise.