Contact the New York State Dental Association and ask for a list of dental professionals in your area (see Resources below).
Ask for recommendations and referrals. Find out from friends, neighbors and co-workers who they feel comfortable seeing, and what they like about their dentist and the office.
Schedule a consultation. Question the dentist and staff members about how dental emergencies are handled, the types of procedures that can be completed in-office, their commitment to continuing education and their involvement in any professional associations.
Set up an appointment for a general exam. This typically consists of a cleaning, X-rays and a medical health history review.
Observe the office during your visit. Dental offices should be clean, orderly and convenient to your home or office. The dental team should be friendly and professional, as well as considerate of your comfort and your time. Staff should also provide up-front information about pricing and payment plans before treatment is scheduled.