Our patients are constantly asking questions concerning a variety of subjects involving their oral health. So, we have provided a list of common questions and answers especially for you. If the question you have is not on our list, please feel free to either call or ask us in person. We would love you help you! You can also check out the Canadian Dental Association’s FAQ section of their website.
Question 1: How do I know when it's time to come in for a checkup?
An average, healthy adult person typically benefits from a professional cleaning and check up every six months. While twice daily brushing and daily flossing go a long way towards maintaining a healthy mouth, it is wise to check for plaque that has hardened into tartar, requiring professional cleaning to avoid gingivitis.
Question 2: Do you accept my insurance plan?
Our office accepts nearly all of the major insurance plans. Also, we’re well-versed in the latest coverage trends, and are more than happy to discuss the particulars of your plan with you prior to any treatments
Question 3: What do I do if I have an emergency when the office is closed?
In case of a true dental emergency, please contact our Emergency Care line at (xxx) xxx-xxxx
Question 4: My child has had an accident and his/her tooth has been entirely knocked out. What do I do?
There is no imminent medical emergency such as uncontrolled bleeding, unconsciousness or other bodily injury. Please contact us immediately by calling (xxx) xxx-xxxx to see a dentist as soon as possible. Simply describe the situation over the phone and our office staff will help you determine the safest and most appropriate plan of action.
Question 5: What precautions do you take to ensure patient safety?
Our entire practice team is well trained in state-of-the-art sanitation techniques designed to ensure patient safety. This goes beyond wearing gloves and facemasks to prevent passing germs, and includes a specialized sanitation center and a water filtration system guaranteeing a fresh water source for each patient.
Question 6: I really don't like visiting the dentist. Is there anything you can do to help me relax?
We understand many people have qualms about having their teeth worked on. So, we strive to create a relaxing atmosphere. For entertainment and distraction, we have a TV available in all rooms so you can keep your mind on more pleasant things. And for the more complex procedures, we also offer laughing gas and general and local anesthesia to keep you comfortable and relaxed.
Question 7: What is Smile Analysis?
A smile analysis determines the proper aesthetics with relationship to your facial symmetry, lip line and phonetics. Each person has a unique "perfect" smile; one proportional and flattering to your face to face. And with Smile Analysis, we can show you what your best smile can look like.
Question 8: My spouse snores and keeps me up at night. I have heard a dentist might be able to prescribe an appliance that prevents snoring. Can you help?
Snoring is tough on any relationship! And, since it can be caused by a number of factors, we encourage you to have your spouse come in for a consultation and analysis. In some cases, a person may actually stop breathing for short periods during the night, a condition called sleep apnea. In other cases, snoring can be caused by enlarged anatomical structures within the mouth and throat. During sleep, the throat area relaxes, allowing these structures to collapse against one another and obstruct clear airflow. In the latter situation, we can prescribe and fit a special appliance called a ‘snore-guard’, which gently holds the mouth and throat in an open position during relaxed sleep and thus prevents snoring.