Location. Obviously, if you are looking for a dentist in your area you are going to want to consider their location. Also keep in mind if they are accessible by public transportation, if there is parking available for patients, and things of that nature.
Hours. Be sure to check the dentist’s hours before you commit. If you work during the day, it is extremely helpful to find a dentist that offers weekend and/or evening hours.
Emergency Plan. Before making your final choice on a dentist near you, discuss what their procedure for emergencies is. No dentist should refer you to an emergency room in off hours or in an emergency. Be sure that your dentist either has their own emergency hours, or will refer you to a qualified dentist who does have emergency care hours.
Payment Options. While some emergency procedures are fully or partially covered under regular medical insurance, some are not. If you have dental insurance, inquire as to whether or not your dentist of choice accepts your plan. For those procedures that are only partially covered or not covered at all, ask your dentist if they offer a payment plan that will work with your budget.
Ask a Friend. One of the best ways to find a great dentist near you is to ask around your circle of friends, family members, or co-workers. They may be able to share some positive stories about their dentist and may make this an easier decision for you. A personal referral takes away some of the stress and mystery of finding a dentist because someone you know has had a good experience there.
Know How to Search. Of course you can do a general search for “Dentist Near Me” in a search engine. However, visiting the website for the American Dental Association is another great way to find a qualified dentist near you.
Know What to Ask. When choosing a dentist, be prepared with questions that will help you make an informed decision. Many of these questions and considerations are listed above. Asking the right questions will help you sort through that many dentists that may come up in your area.