Are you a preferred provider for my insurance?
With most PPO dental plans, we will accept and process insurance assignment and your insurance company will pay. Delta Dental and Blue Cross Blue Shield Dental will not issue a check directly to our practice but will issue a check directly to you. Therefore we can make financial arrangements with the patient to pay us or finance in advance, and they will receive reimbursement directly from their insurance company. The insurance companies are required by law to reimburse, regardless of whether or not the dentist you choose is a preferred provider. Because we are not a preferred provider the reimbursement may be at a slightly lower percentage.
By design most dental insurance maximums are budgeted to address preventative care and maintaining health. Because there are so many limitations to what is even covered, dental insurance is a very small part of the overall picture for someone who is ready to restore their mouth. The coverage does not go far in addressing restorative care and should not be the determining factor for most people’s dental future.
If a dentist is a preferred provider for closed panel type insurance, they have agreed to accept a lower fee, in most cases, than what they would normally need to charge for providing the service. Somewhere along the line, the practice needs to make up for this loss. In most cases it is made up by becoming a high volume practice where patients are run through and procedures are done as quickly as possible, exchanging low dollars for a quick service. To save money, some dentists are also forced to use low cost labs that produce mediocre results rather than making the selection based on quality. For those who are simply maintaining good oral health, most dental insurance serves them well for examinations, cleanings, and preventative care.
For us to provide the kind of treatment that we value for our patients, which is the highest quality, individualized care with personal attention, and helping set goals based on the patient’s values takes more time and costs a little more money to provide. For this reason, we can’t discount fees to what an insurance company has dictated so that they can make a profit. This practice was not designed for high volume but for personalized care.
We have several payment methods available to assist our patients who value quality dentistry and good oral health. We are committed to helping our patients manage their dental related expenses. This allows them to comfortably fit the cost of dental treatment into their monthly budgets while they continue to receive the needed care.
For your convenience we accept cash, personal checks and Debit Cards, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.
Financing Dental Expenses
For patients whose treatment expenses exceed $300.00, our office provides 6 & 12 month interest-free loans that require no down payment. This special lending arrangement is available for those with acceptable credit ratings through http://www.carecredit.com/apply/index.html. Care Credit also offers long-term financing for 24-48 months at a fixed interest rate for expenses over $1,000 or 60 months for expenses over $2,500. Decisions for loan approval take less than 15 minutes and applications are available at our office or by contacting Care Credit.
Care Credit: phone # 800-677-0718
For patients whose treatment expenses exceed $2,000 and would like long-term financing, SpringStone Patient Financing offers 24-84 month financing at a fixed interest rate with options available for a broad range of credit histories. SpringStone also offers interest-free loans for treatment over $1,000. Apply online https://secure.springstoneplan.com/apply/.
SpringStone: phone # 800-630-1663
Please contact our office at 479.845.1225 and our Practice Coordinator will be more than happy to assist you in the credit process.
We respect that each individual is the expert regarding their own lives. It is your job to determine what place you are in life and our responsibility to make you aware of all the options that are available to get you to maximum healthy and comfort until you are ready for the next phase. We can phase the treatment over time so that it fits into your budget and other needs.
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