Choosing a dentist is an important decision. The dentist you choose will not only care for your teeth and gums during routine cleanings and visits, but they will be your point of contact and/or care during any emergency situations that may arise
Main Things to Consider
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 during 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.