Dentist offices like Feldhake Associates provide general preventative and restorative dentistry services from checkups and cleanings to major restorative services like Dental Implants Scottsdale AZ. Many patients who haven’t been to the dentist in a long time, such as ten years or more, may have hesitated to go to the dentist out of fear or because they were hesitant about the prices for services.
The truth is that selecting a dental provider is much like choosing any other service provider, like the right person to fix your car or the right company to do your accounting. Patients should not feel intimidated to ask a few questions as they call dental offices. Many people do not have dental insurance, so many patients are prices conscious. Dentist offices know this, and they don’t mind quoting a few prices over the phone. Some may even be prepared with price lists already made up that you can ask to have mailed or emailed to you.
Check with your insurance company to find out how much they pay for certain services. If you’re choosing a dental insurance company, you may want one that doens’t have a waiting period on services that you know you will need right away. If you aren’t sure what services you will need, ask a few dental offices if they have any specials for exams and cleanings. An exam and cleaning is one of their least expensive procedures anyway, and they are both worth the money spent. A dental cleaning can remove a buildup of plaque and tartar on the teeth that could otherwise turn into a more expensive cavity.
What you can then ask for during your exam is for the dentist to propose a treatment plan for you. Many dental offices are prepared for this request, and they can get you a printout of all the services the dentist recommends for you. You can ask the dentist which issues are the most urgent and which ones can wait. Using your treatment plan list and your price list, you can then plan out your treatment according to your out-of-pocket expense and according to how much your insurance will pay.