If you are a new patient to our office, please visit our patient forms page to download our new patient bundle with forms that will need to be filled out when you arrive at our office. Printing them, filling them out and bringing them with you will allow us to attend to your medical needs more quickly than completing them on your arrival. You may also email the completed forms to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you and please contact our office if you have any questions at all.
For your convenience, we accept cash, personal checks, and most major credit cards. Payment is expected at the time services are performed.
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Please understand that we file dental insurance as a courtesy to our patients. We do not have a contract with your insurance company, only you do. Although we are happy to assist you, please know that it is your responsibility to understand your policy. We will assist you in estimating your portion of the cost of treatment, but we at no time guarantee what your insurance will or will not pay with each claim. Please keep in mind the following:
Fact 1 - BENEFITS ARE NOT DETERMINED BY OUR OFFICE
Insurance policies are contracts between the insurance company and you, or your employer. Our financial arrangements for dental services are made with you, not with your insurance company.
Fact 2 - NO INSURANCE PAYS 100% OF ALL PROCEDURES
Dental insurance is intended to be an aid in paying for dental care. Most dental plans pay between 50% - 80% of the total fee. This percentage is determined by how much you or your employer has paid for the coverage, or the type of contract set up with the insurance company. At times, you may be notified by your insurance company that its reimbursement rates are lower than our actual fees. Often, insurance companies will state that your reimbursement has been lowered because a dentist’s fees exceed the “usual and customary rates” (UCR). This is misleading. There are hundred of insurance companies that offer dental insurance, and each company sets its own schedule for what they consider allowable. These allowable rates vary greatly.
“Estimate of Benefits” (EOB) reports you may receive may imply that your dentist is charging higher fees for your area or “overchanging” rather than saying that they are “underpaying” or stating that your plan’s benefits are lower than usual and customary.
Fact 3 - DEDUCTIBLES & CO-PAYMENTS MUST BE CONSIDERED
When estimating dental benefits, you must consider deductibles and percentages. Most dental plans have an annual deductible for restorative procedures. For example, assume the fee for a certain service is $150. Assuming that the insurance company allows $150 as its “usual and customary” fee, we can figure out what benefits will be paid. First an annual deductible, on average $50, is subtracted, leaving $100. The plan then pays 80% of $100, or $80. Beginning with a fee of $150, the insurance company will pay an estimated $80, leaving $70 to be paid by the patient. Of course, if the UCR is less than our fee, the insurance benefit will also be less. We will collect your co-payment and any deductibles at your time of service.
Please contact our office for insurance details. We look forward to hearing from you.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Interesting Dental Websites
In addition to our own website, there are other sites on the Web that provide interesting and helpful dental information. Because we are committed to improving the oral healthcare knowledge of our patients, we provide a selection of links to other sites you might find interesting and informative. To view these visit our links page.