Your First Visit

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Your First Visit

Your first visit to the doctor typically includes an x-ray that allows the doctor to view the structure of the jaw, the position of any teeth that have not yet erupted, malformed roots, and tooth decay.

The initial visit also involves getting your medical history.  When you share your medical history with the doctor, be sure to provide complete, up-to-date information on your health.  Inform your doctor if you have experienced recent hospitalization or surgery, or if you have recently been ill.  Also tell the doctor the names, doses, and frequency of any medications you are taking — whether prescription or over-the-counter products — and the name of your physician.  Inform the doctor of any changes in your health or medications.  This information will help the doctor to select the safest and most effective method of treatment for you.

Consultation

After the doctor has evaluated your records, we discuss any follow-up treatment with you in detail, including the cost for your particular case.

Regular Appointments

Regular checkup appointments typically take 20 to 40 minutes.  Patients are seen by appointment only.  We make every effort to be on time for our patients and ask that you extend the same courtesy to us.  If you cannot keep an appointment, please notify us immediately.

Payment & Office Policies

Cost

The cost of treatment depends on the severity of the patient's problem.  You will be able to discuss fees and payment options before treatment begins.  We have payment plans to suit different budgets.  We also accept assignment from most insurance plans, and we will file the necessary papers to the insurance company.  We work hard to make dental care affordable and to make sure that you realize your insurance benefits. Cancellation of appointments without sufficient notice will result in an office visit fee.

Fees

In an effort to keep fees down while maintaining the highest level of professional care, we have established this financial policy:

  • Your estimated portion of a dental procedure must be paid for at the time of service.  As a courtesy on large cases, ½ the fee can be paid at the start of a procedure, and the remaining portion at the final visit.
  • You are responsible for any portion of a dental fee that is not covered by your insurance.  Please be aware that we can only estimate what your insurance will pay, insurance companies have the right to change what they will pay.
  • For your convenience, we accept payment by VISA and MASTERCARD.
  • Financing is available through Care Credit and The Lending Club.  No interest financing is available.

Insurance

If you have insurance, we will help you to determine the coverage you have available.  Professional care is provided to you, our patient, and not to an insurance company.  Thus, the insurance company is responsible to the patient and patients are responsible to the doctor.  We will help in every way we can in filing your claim and handling insurance questions from our office on your behalf.

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