Frequently Asked Questions
Do you take my insurance?
Most likely we do. The majority of dental insurance plans allow you to go to any dentist you choose. They help pay a portion of the fees charged to you by the dentist. Since no two dental insurance plans are the same on what they cover or how much they pay we suggest you familiarize yourself with your employer’s particular plan. Karen has years of experience filing dental insurance claims, so we can help you with submitting the charges and following up on late payments from the insurance company. If your insurance requires you to pick from a list of dentists you may still be able to come to us, but you should know that they probably will not pay as much as they would if you went to a “network” dentist on their list.
Do you have payment plans?
We realize that dental care for a family can get expensive, especially if you or a family member needs more than a routine cleaning and an occasional filling. We work with an outside company that provides financing for dental services. This allows our patients to spread the cost of necessary dental work out over three months, six months or even two years. And as long as payments are made on time, there are no interest charges. Ask Karen for more details.
Can’t you just knock me out and do the dental work?
Ah, the shots! The soothing sound of a dental drill! The comfort of holding your mouth open for an hour… We admit there are some things not to like about dental visits but we do our best to make your time with us as pleasant as possible. We’ve found that by using a gentle touch and allowing you to stop us at any time during a procedure, our patients feel it’s not as bad as they thought it would be. We do offer laughing gas for those who need a little help in getting through the appointment and we do have the option of IV sedation or even general anesthesia in special cases. Don’t let fear of the dentist keep you from calling. We understand and we’ll do whatever we need to do to help you receive the dental work you need.
How can I improve my smile?
Almost everyone has an idea of what a good smile looks like. At least we recognize when something is out of the ordinary even if we can’t explain what it is. There are many components to a nice smile. Tooth position, tooth shade and gum contour are just a few examples. Correcting a smile may be as simple as a little direct bonding with no anesthetic or it may be as involved as braces, gum surgery and crowns or veneers. It all depends on the nature of the problem. In our office we usually start with a comprehensive “smile evaluation”. This is an information gathering appointment that may include impressions, pictures and x-rays. Once we determine what is “wrong” with a smile we can formulate a treatment plan to correct it. If you would like to look into improving your smile just call Karen to schedule a smile evaluation. The examination costs very little and you’re not obligated to accept the treatment plan, but you may find that improving your smile is not as involved as you thought.