PRIMARY DENTAL INSURANCE
SECONDARY DENTAL INSURANCE
HEALTH HISTORY Correct answers to the following questions will allow your dentist to treat you on a more individual basis, providing the care appropriate for your particular needs.
Although dental personnel primarily treat the area in and around your mouth, your mouth is a part of your entire body. Health problems that you may have, or medication that you may be taking
Do you have, or have you had, any of the following?
DENTAL OFFICE INFORMED CONSENT
It is important to us that you, our patient, understand the treatment we are recommending and any invasive procedures we may, with your agreement, perform. We want to involve you in all decisions concerning invasive procedures you may need. We take informed consent very seriously in our office. Therefore, we only want you to sign this form when you understand that there is a risk associated with dental procedures, and all your questions have been answered. Dental treatment and procedures are not to be taken for granted as being routine or without risk for complications. As with all medical treatment to one's body, including dental treatment, there are no guarantees that the results will be as planned and to each individual's satisfaction. When dealing with the human body there are potentially many variables, some predictable and others are not. Complication rates in dentistry are low but do exist. Even a minor procedure like "filling" can lead to major complications that cannot be foreseen. For example, a "Novacaine" injection could lead to an allergic reaction, anaphylaxis, facial hemorrhage, swelling, bruising, and even hospitalization or death. Granted these are fairy uncommon occurrences but individuals who are contemplating this should be aware of this prior to consenting. Whenever drilling is involved, even a simple cavity can lead to pulpal (nerve) problems, abscess, fractured tooth, and/or post-treatment pain to biting and to temperature extremes (hot and cold). These complaints can be transient or may persist requiring further treatments. The above examples are only samples of possible complications with dental treatment and are not limited to these. In general, complications include but are not limited to pain, swelling, bleeding, infection, and other nerve problems.
NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES PATIENT ACKNOWLEDGMENT
PATIENTS WITHOUT INSURANCE COVERAGE
Patients without insurance coverage are required to pay for services as rendered, We accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover or Debit/ATM cards. We offer an in-house customized Membership Plan. We offer a 5% courtesy on the prepayment of Patient-Doctor discussed treatment plans. We offer up to 12 months of interest-free financing plans.
When you make an appointment we reserve that time for you. We understand that extreme or unavoidable emergencies or circumstances do arise which may require you to cancel your appointment. We reserve the right to charge for any appointment(s) broken without a 48 hours notice. The charge will be $50.00 for every thirty minutes of appointment time. Checks returned from the bank are subject to a $ 35.00 service fee. Account delinquent more than 60 days from the date of billing are subject to a 1.5% per month (18% annually) finance charge. If your account is sent to our collection agency you will be responsible for collection and court costs along with attorney's fees. We welcome you to our office and want to provide you with the best dental care possible. If you have any questions regarding our policies and your treatment, please do not hesitate to ask.
Thank you for choosing us as your dental care provider. We are committed to your dental treatment being successful. We agree in writing with every patient to sign our financial policy, as we have found with our past experience that this policy makes our mutual experience easier and without confusion. This policy is to ensure that all of our patients receive the highest level of quality dental care in a friendly and healthy environment while understanding their financial responsibilities. This policy as well as other health and insurance forms provided must be read, agreed to, and signed prior to any dental treatment.
Patients with no insurance are expected to pay in cash, check or credit card the day the service is rendered unless specific arrangements are made in advance.
For those patients covered by insurance, we may accept the assignment of benefits. This means you must sign the portion of your insurance form that assigns payment to our office. Very few insurance policies cover 100% of the cost of your treatment. In this day and age, many cover 50% or less on many services and actually cover nothing on others. Due to this, and the frequent delays in receiving payment from the insurance company, you will be asked to pay your deductible and your portion of your charges the day the service is rendered. We will estimate your as closely as possible, your coverage, but until we actually receive the payment from the insurance company, it is just an estimate. Some patients request that we send in a pre-determination to their insurance carriers. We state what treatment you need, and they tell us what they will cover on that treatment plan. Many patients prefer to get service started immediately, and some treatments should be started immediately. In these cases, we will ask you to pay for your services in full as they are done, and when the insurance company pays their portion we will reimburse you for what they pay. We will assist you in dealing with the insurance company, but ultimately the responsibility of payment and insurance problems lies with you. If we do accept the assignment of benefits from the insurance company, if the insurance company hasn't paid after 45 days, the full balance is expected from you personally.
The above policies apply equally to parents and guardians of minors being treated, and minors cannot be treated without a parent or guardian authorizing treatment and agreeing to financial responsibility. Thank you for reading and understanding our financial policy. If you have any questions or concerns: please feel free to ask them at any time. We wish to be of assistance in any way we can.
Our Dental Team