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Paying for the Dentist Without Insurance: Dental Insurance vs. Dental Discount Plan

August 26, 2019

Filed under: General Dentistry — tntadmin @ 2:20 pm

regular oral health careDental care is a crucial component to good health, but what if you don’t have dental coverage? Unfortunately, many people end up letting their oral health fall to the wayside simply because they don’t have dental insurance.

Many uninsured people falsely assume that they’re forced to choose between paying for expensive dental treatment or going without dental care. But that isn’t true! And if you skip preventative dental care, you could in fact end up with a bigger bill in the long run.

What is Dental Insurance?

Dental insurance is a special type of health insurance that you use to pay for dental visits. Most plans operate by collecting a monthly fee in exchange for partial or total coverage of dental costs.

When considering your options, your first step should be to look into dental care from your employer (or from your spouse’s employer). If you work for a company that offers dental coverage, it probably makes sense to pay for your dental care that way.

Most dental plans cover 100% of preventative dental care, which typically means having the following procedures each year:

  • 2 dental cleanings
  • 1 set of dental x-rays
  • 2 dental exams

However, coverage levels are greatly varied, so do your research. Many plans have maximum spending limits, and others don’t. Some cover treatments completely, while others will require a copay.

What is a Dental Discount Plan?

Many dental offices have in-house dental plans. Usually, those plans operate under an annual flat fee in exchange for discounted rates for services. Many patients like to think of it the same way you would a club membership at a wholesale store.

This is another situation where costs vary greatly, but most annual fees are between $150 and $350. Most patients who are in relatively good dental health find that discount plans are a better value than out-of-pocket expenses for an individual dental health plan. One consideration is the level of care you need. If you need to see multiple specialists for more than just regular cleanings or occasional fillings, the discount plan may not be your best bet.

However, patients who have basic dental needs usually save money by going with an in-house dental plan.

An In-House Dental Plan From Sage Dental Care

Gloss Dental Discount PlanAt Sage Dental Care, our goal is to provide quality dental care to as many people as possible. It’s important to us that patients are able to afford the care they need. That’s why, in addition to accepting most dental insurance plans, we offer options for paying for the dentist without insurance.

Our options for paying without insurance include our own in-house plan, called Gloss Dental Discount Plan. You can click here to learn more about the benefits of our Gloss Dental Plan.

Contact Your Dentist in Westminster

Sage Dental Care is committed to providing great dental care to our patients at an affordable rate. If you have any questions, check out our new patient information page, or contact our office.

Common Reasons To Visit Your Emergency Dentist in Westminster

May 31, 2019

Filed under: General Dentistry — Dr. Terry Batliner @ 8:05 pm

woman at the dentistNo matter what you do, dental emergencies are impossible to completely avoid. Knowing when to visit your emergency dentist in Westminster could be the difference between saving and losing a tooth. Save your oral health and smile by learning what the most common dental emergencies are and how to react when they happen. Read on to know when it’s time to visit your dentist, and when it’s time to phone 911.

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Need an Emergency Dentist in Lafayette? Here’s What to Do First

January 17, 2019

Filed under: General Dentistry — Dr. Terry Batliner @ 8:14 pm

toothache ice packNothing will ruin a trip faster than a dental emergency, whether you’re traveling for business, pleasure or both. You can reduce your risk of needing an emergency dentist in Lafayette by taking a few basic precautions. These include regular brushing and flossing, keeping dental appointments, and knowing what to do if a toothache strikes.

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Your Dentist Explains How a Tooth Extraction in Westminster Works

September 16, 2018

Filed under: General Dentistry — Dr. Terry Batliner @ 2:35 am

extracted toothIt’s one of your dentist’s primary goals to save each of your teeth and keep them as healthy as possible. However, there are certain situations where having a tooth extracted is unavoidable. As you read on, you’ll learn how a tooth extraction in Westminster works, whether there will be any pain and how to encourage optimal healing.

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What to Do for a Dental Emergency? Your Dentist in Lafayette Answers

July 23, 2018

Filed under: General Dentistry — Dr. Terry Batliner @ 3:18 pm

woman at the dentistIt’s a typical summer day in Lafayette and you have plans to get out and enjoy it with friends. As you prepare to leave your house, though, you’re suddenly confronted with an intense pain that shoots through your jaw. What should you do? Just ignore it and try to go about your activities? Your dentist in Lafayette says this is a sign of a dental emergency that requires immediate attention, and as you read on, you’ll discover what your next steps should be.

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What Happens if I Have Oral Health Concerns While Pregnant?

July 2, 2018

Pregnant woman at dentistExpectant mothers have plenty of things to worry about. They’re growing a brand new life, and it’s a big responsibility. For many pregnant women, caring for their teeth goes by the wayside. Unfortunately, the fluctuating hormone levels during pregnancy can lead to a number of oral health concerns, so it’s essential that pregnant patients keep up with their regular preventive dental exams and teeth cleanings. In this post, we’ll discuss some of the many oral health conditions expectant mothers have to contend with and how we can help you keep your smile healthy throughout your pregnancy.
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Congratulations, Dr. Batliner, DentaQuest Health Equity Hero Award Winner!

June 26, 2018

Headshot of Dr. Terry BatlinerThe Sage Dental Care team is pleased to announce that one of our skilled dentists, Terry Batliner, DDS, has received the DentaQuest Health Equity Hero Award. Congratulations, Dr. Batliner! Thank you, so much for all that you do for patients in and out of our Boulder dental office. We are so grateful to have a dentist on our team who is dedicated to making dental health care services accessible to every patient regardless of race, religion, location, or fiscal status. Your hard work has never gone unnoticed by your peers and patients at Sage Dental Care, and we’re so proud you’ve received this award for your years of dedication.
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Want Porcelain Veneers in Lafayette? Here are 5 Celebs Who Have Them

May 4, 2018

Filed under: General Dentistry — Dr. Terry Batliner @ 6:59 pm

A smile with porcelain veneers.When we see our favorite celebrities on the red carpet or on the big screen, their smile can truly take our breath away. Of course, most of the time these actors don’t have the original smile they had growing up. For them, it makes sense to invest heavily in their appearance. Today, porcelain veneers are no longer only for movie stars, singers, and models.

Porcelain veneers in Lafayette can give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of having. Here are five celebs who decided it was worth it to get treatment.

 

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Understanding Smiles In and Out with a Westminster Dentist

November 2, 2017

Filed under: General Dentistry — Dr. Terry Batliner @ 9:59 pm

Tooth cross section design, abstract blue backgroundDo you give your teeth enough credit for everything they do for your smile? Little do many people know, your teeth offer layers of protection for your smile, each sending signals when something is wrong with your oral health. Learn more about how your dentist in Westminster works to keep your smile strong while your teeth work to protect your oral health.

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Learn All About Saving a Smile with a Tooth Extraction!

October 20, 2017

Filed under: General Dentistry — Dr. Terry Batliner @ 9:34 pm

cute teeth drawingThe holidays are mostly about having fun and making memories with loved ones—especially if you’re about flying back home to visit family. What can ruin a great holiday break is persistent, excruciating tooth pain from wisdom teeth erupting. Why suffer from that unnecessary discomfort and potential health risks when you could explore a tooth extraction in boulder? Your dentists have training and resources you need to pleasantly eliminate pesky dental problems.

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