Frequently Asked Questions

What days are you open?

We are open Wednesday 9 to 7 and Friday 9 to 7.

Do you take emergencies?

Emergencies are seen the same day. Patients are free to call and we will work them into the schedule or they can come in without an appointment Wednesday 9 to 7 and Friday 9 to 7. For after hours, Dr. David S. Can be reached by a voice mail service.

What is the new patient process?

Unless they have a specific problem such as a toothache or broken tooth or denture, new patients are first seen for a complete exam which includes a full set of x-rays and then if the condition of their mouth is healthy are scheduled for a cleaning.We normally verify insurance before the initial appointment also.

How much do you charge for a deep cleaning?

This is a very common question, as many patients are told they have "gum disease" and require a deep cleaning to treat it. Actually the dental term for this procedure is root planing/ curretage and this requires local anesthetic and either the dentist or hygienist going below the gumline and removing all of the plaque and calculus present. Dr. DaVID S charges $480 for this procedure on his in-house dental plan. However, he has found that this is commonly overprescribed, so before this question is answered an exam with x-rays is required.

What type of anesthesia is used?

Dr. David S. Uses a very strong local anesthetic, 4% Septocaine with 1:100,000 epinephrine or 3% Mepivacaine for those who can't be administered epinephrine. For the vast majority of patients this enables the procedures to be done painlessly.

Do you see children?

Dr. David S. sees children starting at age 5. If they are uncooperative or require complex treatment they are referred to (children's dentist).

How is payment handled?

Payment is required at the day of treatment, by cash , check or any credit or debit card. For those with insurance, we accept assignment for the balance after the patient's copayment (if any) or deductible.