Dental Frequently Asked Questions
At Comfort Dentists we believe in open and forthright communication with all our patients and their families, because a fully informed patient is a healthy patient. Here are some of the questions our dentists and staff are asked regularly. If you have another question for us, please call us at (954) 424-6500 we’d love to help!
What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Generally speaking, any dental technique or procedure that improves the appearance of your teeth and smile can be described as cosmetic dentistry. This includes everything from teeth whitening to complete smile makeovers using multiple methods including porcelain veneers, crowns, tooth whitening, braces, and dental implants. To read more about cosmetic dentistry, please click here.
What is Sleep Dentistry (or Sedation Dentistry), and why are people sedated during their dental treatment?
At Comfort Dentists, our certified sleep dentistry certified specialists safely use a variety of methods to alleviate patients’ anxieties about dental visits or procedures and to ease treatment for patients with special requirements (Alzheimer’s, Parkinsons, etc.). Sedation dentistry includes Nitrous oxide and IV medications for calm relaxation. Sleep dentistry is the administration of general anesthesia.
May I receive sedation on my first visit and on subsequent visits when my dental work is being done?
Before receiving sedation, our patients must meet with the dentist to discuss your needs and general health. There are preparations and guidelines that we follow to ensure your safety, so sedation (suitable for your specific treatment plan) would be offered on a subsequent visit. Please click here for a more in-depth description of the various sedation techniques.
How much will my first appointment cost?
We always offer a “no-charge” consultation with the doctor so that you may discuss fees and payment information. Each patient individual treatment plan varies, so the no-charge consultation will be very helpful to determine your needs, and therefore the cost of service. If x-rays are required, this would be the only cost incurred.
As a patient who hasn't been to your office before, how long before I can get an appointment?
Typically it takes one to two days. Our wait-time record is outstanding, so you can expect on-time appointments. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort, we see most patients the same day they call.
If I have an emergency, can you see me immediately?
Yes, as our patient, we will help you out the day you call. An “emergency” is pain, swelling, or trauma. Call us as soon as you can.
What is Periodontal Therapy?
Periodontal (gum) disease occurs when naturally occurring bacteria that in the mouth has opportunity to multiply and harm the supporting tissues of your teeth, including gums, ligaments, and even your jaw bone, compromising your oral and overall health, and sometimes leading to tooth loss. Regular checkups ensure careful monitoring of the health of your gums. Should gum disease be present, our gum specialist, a Periodontist, will use a variety of periodontal therapy methods to help you regain the health of your smile. Click here to read more about periodontics.
What are Restorations and Bridges?
Restorations reinforce damaged teeth with natural-looking repairs or substitute missing teeth with natural-looking replacements. Repairing or replacing teeth is critical for oral health, gum health, appearance, and self-esteem. To learn more about general restorations, click here. To read about bridges, click here. And for more information on dentures, click here.
Does Comfort Dentists accept dental insurance?
Yes we do! Each insurance plan offers different benefits and has established criteria for coverage. We will help you to understand your plan so that you can maximize your coverage throughout the year. Often we submit “pre-determinations” so that, before each procedure, you know exactly what and how much is covered prior to your appointment. We network with Cigna PPO. Delta Dental Premier PPO, and other PPO policies. If you have an HMO plan, we will explain the various options at the time of your first appointment.
What payment methods do you accept?
We accept cash, checks, and major credit cards, and payment is due after your appointment. For patients who receive anesthesia, we will require a deposit to reserve your appointment time. The balance is to be paid on the day of your appointment unless other arrangements have been made in advance. We require 72 hours notice to change or cancel an anesthesia appointment. If this notice is not given, your deposit will be forfeited.