2. Checking out the logistics
A certain new dentist may be dazzling, but how accessible is his office? Is there parking or public transportation nearby? What are the office hours? If the dentist won’t book appointments on weekends or evenings and you’re tied to your desk from Monday to Friday, it may not be a match. What about dental emergencies, like a broken tooth on a Sunday afternoon? How are they handled? What’s the fee range, and if you don’t have insurance, is a payment plan available?
If English isn’t your first language, you might want to know what other languages are spoken. If you’re a parent (or if the presence of crying children makes you nervous), you may wish to find out if children are welcomed by the practice. All of these questions can be answered before you even set foot in the dentist’s door.