One of the most important things to consider early on is equipment. Your equipment specialist can help by giving you lists and lists of the equipment they sell, and the the things they recommend for your office. Take a lot of time by yourself deciding what on these lists (And believe me, their are many many lists out there) are the right equipment items for you. More importantly, take time to think about how you operate, and what IS NOT on the lists. The publishers of these lists are great at listing the things they sell, however, they are not complete.
If this a new practice for you, is there someone you trust who has experience that can sit down with you and provide insight into the items that are really important to the way you operate?
Once you have your preliminary list together, start formulating ideas about what type of equipment you want. Over the years I have found that buying better quality pays of in the long run. Spend a little more now for two reasons. First, it will last longer, and nothing is worse than replacing equipment before it is out of date. Second, it really sets an image for your patients. The see and feel the quality, and appreciate it.
Lastly (Well, I have to add this in...it's my passion!) look at interoffice communication. Do you want ear pieces and microphones that confuse your patients and make them feel like you are paying attention to someone else? If not, think about non-verbal communication. AltoSignal offers an affordable, easy to use and set up, and slick system. With the push of 3 or 4 buttons,(Yes gloved hand to barrier covered iPad screen mounted on the cabinet or wall) you can find anyone in the office, and let them know what you need. Pretty great!