Grimes Dentistry FAQ
Will insurance cover my dentist visit? What will I have to pay?
Grimes Dentistry works with over 100 insurance companies and knows that each one has frequently changing plan options. We believe in helping our clients as much as possible and have over 30 years of experience working with insurance claims to ensure that you get the most amount of help possible with dental insurance and treatment costs.
Sometimes, we are allowed to take “assignment of benefits” in which we wait to be paid by your insurance contract. During your visit, we will estimate our patients’ part of the cost which will be paid at the time of service. While every insurance company covers dental procedures differently, we will defend your claims by sending dental photos, x-rays, and written narratives to assist you with any policy claim payments.
Contact your insurance company if you have questions about your coverage or give us a call at (806)-798-3384 for any questions regarding your account. For more information, check out our Insurance page.
What services do you provide?
We provide a full list of services for both cosmetic and medical. These include:
- Dental implants
- All-on-4 treatment
- Root canals
- Wisdom teeth surgery
- Tooth extractions
- Bone grafting
- Laser lip enhancement
- Inlays and onlays
- Clear braces
- Much more
Do I need an appointment?
How do I schedule an appointment?
Do I need to arrive early to my appointment?
Yes, please arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time.
What do I need to bring to my appointment?
First time patients should bring the following for their initial consultation:
- Referral slip (if applicable)
- Any X-rays (if applicable)
- A list of medications you are currently taking
- Medical or dental insurance
Every patient under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. If you have a condition that may be of concern prior to surgery (I.e. diabetes, high blood pressure, artificial heart valves and joints, rheumatic fever, etc.) or are on any medication that may be of concern, please alert the office.
Will I be sedated?
The dentist can sometimes make patients feel anxious or stressed. If this anxiety is keeping you from coming to the dentist, then sedation may be a great option for you. Sedation dentistry helps patients relax during any dental procedures. There are several different levels of sedation:
- Minimal sedation – the patient is awake, but relaxed
- Moderate sedation – the patient may slur words when speaking, and not remember much of the procedure
- Deep sedation – the patient is on the edge of consciousness but can still be awakened
Different methods of dental sedation include laughing gas, enteral (oral) sedation, or IV sedation.
What does my first appointment look like?
If you are a new patient, your initial visit will consist of a consultation, a diagnosis, and an explanation of your treatment options. Occasionally, treatment can occur the same day. However, some more complex medical history or treatment plans may require an additional appointment to provide treatment on a different day.
How long will my appointment last?
Appointment times can vary greatly. On average, appointments can be 1-1.5 hours long.
Will I have to get X-rays?
If your previous dentist has taken recent X-rays (within 6 months), you can request these to be forwarded to our office. We may require that additional X-rays are taken during your visit, which will be done at our facility.
What safety measures are in place for my visit?
Grimes Dentistry takes the safety of our patients extremely seriously. We follow procedures recommended by several federal agencies: the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
These measures include:
- Consistent use of disinfectant hand soap
- Consistent use of gloves, goggles and face masks
- Consistent chemical disinfection of countertops and surfaces
- Consistent sterilization of all equipment before every use
- Disposable, “one-time use only” materials
- Disposable gowns
- Nightly cleaning and sanitizing of our entire facility
What do I need to do after my treatment?
Depending on the treatment you undergo, you may have to take steps at home to care for yourself after a procedure. Our dentists will always provide you with full information about any procedures or treatments you undergo including what aftercare should look like. To learn more about aftercare instructions, please visit our Home Instructions page.
If you have any more questions about Grimes Dentistry or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us.
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