The best place to start looking for a dentist is by asking friends and family. If you are new to the area you might want to ask co-workers who they would recommend for you. If you are looking for a dentist for children they will tell you the dentist that they took their children to and if they were satisfied. Depending on the type of work you are looking to have done determines the type of dentist you need. Most dentists specialize in certain areas of practice.
Look for a dentist who is close to home in case you need to make frequent visits. Often times you need to return for follow up visits and you do not want to have to travel far.
Never be afraid to ask how long a practice has been in operation before setting up an appointment. You need to make sure that the dentist has experience in the procedures that you require.
You should ask if the dentist will offer emergency care if you have a problem after hours or on the weekends.
Ask what the dentist charges for different procedures. If you have dental insurance you will want to know if they accept your insurance provider. If you do not have insurance or the dentist does not accept your insurance ask if they have payment plan options.
If you believe you are in need for a specialist dentist you should start with a General dentist first. They can evaluate and recommend you to the dentist that handles the type of procedure that you need. They work with specialist dentists and because clients return to their general dentist once the procedure is over they know who to recommend.