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YOUR FIRST VISIT
Your first visit to our office will be one of orientation as to what you can expect from the doctor, staff and treatment. After being introduced to our team Dr. Curry will perform a detailed examination and discuss with you your individual dental health concerns. In order for Dr. Curry to thoroughly evaluate a treatment plan that best suits your needs, it is important that you give some thought regarding your concerns and goals that pertain to your teeth and oral health.
Our goal is to provide superior dental care in a stress-free environment. We firmly believe in consistent communication and will explain all treatment before and during any dental procedures. Should you have any questions regarding your care, please don't hesitate to ask.
This first appointment will include a comprehensive examination of your oral health, as well as any necessary digital x-rays, which significantly reduces radiation. If you have had x-rays recently, please inform us and we will request them from your previous dentist. After the initial exam, Dr. Curry will discuss his finding with you and recommend a treatment plan that best suits your needs including any alternatives. Should you have any premedication requirements for your first visit, please inform us in advance.
It is important to establish good habits early in life. Dr. Curry suggests that young children have their first dental visit prior to their 3rd birthday. Our goal is to minimize fear and make your child feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible.
INSURANCE AND FINANCIAL CONSIDERATIONS
Indemnity insurance is accepted; we ask that you pay your estimated portion of your bill at the time of service. We gladly assist you with insurance billing and ask that you bring a completed insurance form and/or your carrier's card with you to expedite the billing process. We are proud of the fact that the practice is entirely "fee-for-service" and private indemnity. This environment allows the delivery of uncompromised and superior treatment, uncontrolled by the constraints of managed care.
Insurance Policy and Guidelines
How does dental insurance work?
There are many different agreements between insurance carriers and their subscribers; each contract provides a different benefit. However, dental insurance greatly differs from medical insurance in that each insured individual usually has a maximum benefit per calendar year. This benefit is paid as a percentage of the fee until the benefit maximum has been met.
How does our office assist you with insurance?
For your convenience, we will gladly assist you in submitting initial insurance claims pertaining to charges for care rendered in our office. However, please be aware that our primary financial relationship is with our patients or their families and not with their respective insurance companies. Financial arrangements can be made based on your estimated insurance benefit, however, any outstanding insurance claims not paid are the responsibility of the patient or the patient's family.
We understand that emergencies do happen from time to time. During normal office hours, patients are seen that day for emergencies. For after-hour emergencies, you may call our office and the answering service will contact Dr. Curry. If Dr. Curry is away for any reason, there will always be another dentist on call for him. As an added measure, one of Dr. Curry's Registered Dental Assistants is also on call during the weekends.
Infection control is a significant concern to all of us. I believe it is appropriate to formally discuss the protocol that is rigidly utilized in my office.
For some time, from an infection control point of view, we have treated each and every patient as if a transmissible disease were present. Due to long incubation periods, the possibility always exists that a patient may unknowingly have a transmissible disease. If infection control sterilization protocol is utilized for all patients, then the possibility of cross contamination does not exist. This is our policy. I have, over the past, increased the inventory of all our equipment and supplies so that all instruments and equipment that are used for dental procedures in the mouth fall into two categories:
1. Sterilized (not just disinfected) in high heat sterilizers.
All of our sterilizers are monitored weekly by the University of Southern California to confirm their total effectiveness in sterilization.
All rooms are "scrubbed down" between patients as per recommended standards to achieve complete infection control.
Each one of us replaces our gloves with a new pair each time we leave the room and return.
Space does not permit listing the many other procedures that we are routinely implementing to achieve state of the art infection control; these procedures exceed the standards mandate by the Center for Disease Control and the American Dental Association.
My staff and I attend seminars to assure that our protocol remains state of the art. We are unconditionally committed to providing our patients with uncompromised service including the prevention of disease transmission.