your area. There are quite a few sites dedicated to ratings and reviews of various physicians. Take the time to read these reviews and even take a minute to look up the physicians that have already been recommended to you. You never know what you might find.
Once you have good sized list of candidates, call your top picks to set up appointments. Many practices will offer initial consultations as a way to win over new patients. Use this opportunity as a way to get to know the physician a little better. Bring along a list of questions and discussion topics to pose to the dentist, and add their responses to your notebook. Find out about insurance coverage, specialties, education, and any other aspects you deem important.