Northwest Arkansas Family Dental
Fayetteville, AR Dentist

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): New Patient Exam

How can we help you?

Here are some of the more commonly asked questions we hear from our patients. If you have any additional questions or comments, or would like to set up an appointment. Please contact us today.

No matter what dental questions you may have, we are here to help! 

New Patient Exam

Dental insurance is kind of a misnomer.

How is dental insurance different?

Most insurance plans have a deductible and then cover most of the expenses after you have met your deductible. This is how car, home, and most health insurance work. Dental insurance is different. We like to refer to it as a benefit plan. It usually covers your preventative procedures like prophylaxis (cleanings) and exams and then pays less or not at all when major procedures are needed. They usually put limits on treatment payouts of around one thousand or fifteen hundred dollars. This is far less than most other types of insurance. 

It is up to your employer (or whoever is paying for the insurance) to determine your benefits and maximum payable amounts. The insurance company will usually sell a plan that covers more of the major procedures, but the cost of the plan will go up. Each company offers different plans, and it is up to you to look at what the cost to you is and the benefit that you will receive.

Call Northwest Arkansas Family Dental to learn more about our dental insurance!

If you have any questions, Erin or Shawna would love to sit down with you and look at your plan to determine if it is in your best interest. 

When you come intoNew Patient Appointment | Fayetteville Dentist Northwest Arkansas Family Dentistry in Fayetteville, AR, for a new patient exam, here’s what you can expect:

  1. It’s best to come a few minutes early so we can have you fill out any needed paperwork. (Hint: You can save yourself some time by filling out the paperwork ahead of time. You can find it directly on our website.) This is also a good time for you to ask any questions you might have about the appointment.
  2. Once you are brought back into the exam room, you’ll talk with your dentist about any oral health concerns you might have. We’ll go over your medical history at that time as well. If you are feeling anxious about the new patient exam, be sure to share that with your dentist.
  3. Next, your mouth, teeth, and gums will be examined, and x-rays will be taken to find out if there are any potential issues that cannot be seen by the naked eye.

Look at your initial exam as a way to get to know us—and us you!—and to find out the status of your oral health. If any issues are detected, you’ll also be able to find out how we might be able to help you. 

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We are so happy to be able to see everyone soon and we are busy getting our practice ready for our new COVID-19 guidelines.