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What should I bring to my first appointment?

Please bring a current state-issued ID and your insurance card, if you have one. Please come in 5 minutes before your appointment to complete your new patient paperwork on our tablet.

How long do the effects of Sapphire Whitening last?

With proper maintenance the effects of Sapphire Whitening can last for years. When you do Sapphire whitening at Medical Arts Dental you are automatically enrolled in to our whitening for life program. Patients who receive one tube of whitening every six months, get their teeth cleaned every six months and take care of their in at home will likely maintain the results for several years.

How does Sedation Dentistry work?

Medical Arts Dental has two options for sedation dentistry: Nitrous Oxide (also known as laughing gas) and Oral Sedation. Nitrous Oxide is a mild sedation that makes you feel more comfortable during dental procedures. It is inhaled through your nose and the effects are gone within 10-15 minutes after your appointment, meaning you can drive yourself home.
Oral sedation comes in a few different types of medication, depending on your level of comfort. We select one based on your health, age, dental treatment plan, and desired effect. Most oral sedation patients report feeling very relaxed and do not remember much of what happens during their appointment. If you are prescribed an oral sedative, you will need a trusted friend or family member to drive you to and from your dental appointments.

What’s the difference between Crowns and Veneers?

Veneers are primarily used for cosmetic purposes. Crowns are a better option if retention is an issue or the tooth requires more protection. To preserve an existing healthy tooth structure, veneers may be chosen instead of crowns. With both Veneers and Crowns, our dentists are able to make many modifications. They can make teeth bigger, smaller, wider, narrower, longer, shorter, and always brighter!

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is an infection around the tooth – sometimes called gum disease. At Medical Arts Dental, we treat periodontal disease by cleaning the infected pockets to remove plaque and tartar. Then, our state-of-the-art laser is used to further decontaminate the gum pockets, removing bacteria and assisting with healing. We may also prescribe local antibiotics to help fight bacteria.

How does the Whitening for Life program work?

As long as you visit Medical Arts Dental every 6 months for your checkups, cleanings, and recommended X-Rays, we will give you a free tube of whitening for the rest of your life. Enrollment in the program is $150 plus tax, though the tubes normally cost $20 plus tax, so the program pays for itself quickly!

What’s the difference between a Bridge and a Dental Implant?

Bridges are one of the most common forms of tooth replacement. They’re often the best option to replace multiple teeth at once. Bridges are created by crowning teeth on each side of the missing tooth or teeth and adding replacement teeth. Usually, a Bridge can be added in two dental appointments.
Dental Implants are often the preferred option for tooth replacement because they are more permanent and require less upkeep. The implant process takes a little longer, but they are stable replacements and are worth the wait. First, we remove the damaged tooth and often add bone graft material to create a better foundation for the implant. After the implant is placed, a 3 to 6 month healing period is allowed, then the implant is restored with porcelain.

Medical Arts Dental Offers Botox? Why?

We use Botox in a variety of ways to fight signs of aging and to relax muscles in the face to prevent wrinkles, as well as for treating TMJ issues. As dentists, we have the pleasure of improving our patients’ oral health as well as the outward appearance of their smile. Getting Botox injections is ultimately a procedure that you probably want a doctor to perform in a sterile, professional environment—something you may not find in certain “spa” situations.

What are your Payment Options?

We accept cash, personal checks, credit cards, debit cards, and money orders, as well as the Wells Fargo Health Advantage® credit card*, CareCredit, and Lending Club.
The Wells Fargo Health Advantage 
*The Wells Fargo Health Advantage® credit card is issued with approved credit by Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. With Wells Fargo, qualifying patients are able to finance co-payments for any and all services. Medical Arts Dental allows participating patients special financing for 12 months with approved credit. For patients with more comprehensive dentistry needs or larger cosmetic cases, Medical Arts Dental may be willing to extend the special financing period to 18 months with approved credit.
CareCredit® Dental Financing
CareCreditWith CareCredit® you can finance 100% of your dental care and there are no upfront costs, no annual fees, and no pre-payment penalties. So, you can begin your treatment today and conveniently pay with low, monthly payments.
CareCredit offers a full range of payment plans so you can find one that works best for you. With the popular No Interest Payment Plans* there are no interest charges if you pay your balance in full within the specified time period. Monthly payments can be as low as 3% of your balance. For procedure fees from $1,000 and up, CareCredit offers 24, 36, or 48 month plan options with low monthly payments available. CareCredit can be used by the whole family for ongoing treatment without having to reapply and by using dental financing such as CareCredit for your dental care, you can save your other credit cards for household or unplanned expenses.
Click below to apply for CareCredit® or contact our staff for more details.
Lending Club
Lending Club is another option for patients. While Care Credit and Wells Fargo function very much like a credit card; Lending Club is much more like a loan. Patients do not pay for services as they go, but in one lump sum. Lending Club has a variety of different plans. If you have any questions about any of these options or need assistance applying, please contact our office.
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