Chances are high that we do! We accept assignment for almost all insurance companies. While we are not on any dental DMO plans, all other “regular” insurance plans will reimburse us for care provided. Some insurance plans will say that you must seek care only from a “preferred provider” on their list. You won’t find our office on any of those lists, but that doesn’t mean you cannot have care here. That means that coverage provided to you may be at a slightly lesser percentage than if you went to a “preferred provider”….but OUR office is worth the slight difference! No “preferred provider” office can provide you with the customized, high-quality TLC that you will receive here!
Yes. We will submit a claim to the insurance company for the amount of your services. We will ask that you pay your deductible and an estimated co-payment for the services provided at that appointment. We will wait for the insurance to reimburse us for the remaining amount. Sometimes we find the insurance does not pay as much as we had estimated, and there is a balance that will remain. You will be responsible for paying any remaining balance not covered by insurance.
We offer ways to help you afford the dental care you need, but we don’t extend credit from our office. Often, extensive dental treatment can be completed in small sections at a time, which helps make the payments more affordable for you as we go. We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover credit cards. Also, our patients have had great success with various 3rd party loan sources. These source provide low-interest loans for your dental care. Our office can help you get in contact with these loan companies to see if they will provide the right loan options for you. Our office is now partnered with CareCredit. We are offering the 12 month no interest payment plan. Please ask us how you can apply for CareCredit. Visit their website at www.carecredit.com.
Yes! We love kids! Being in an office with a female dentist helps many children feel much more comfortable right at the beginning. We usually recommend age 3 as the ideal age for the first comprehensive dental office visit. In case of an emergency or if a suspicious area is seen on a tooth, we will see a child earlier. The Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends age 1 for the first dental appointment, but usually this is limited to a screening only, as children usually need to be closer to age 3 to be able to sit in the chair to comply with a cleaning and exam.
We will always do our best to respond to your problem promptly. Please call the office as early in the day as possible once you realize you are having a problem—this will allow us to get you the help you need that same day. If an emergency arises outside of our regular business hours, an emergency number is always available on the office answering machine.
D.M.D. is her dental degree, which is latin for Doctor of Dental Medicine. Some dental schools bestow a D.M.D. degree and others bestow a D.D.S. degree. There is no difference between the two degrees. The initials F.A.G.D. stand for Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is a voluntary professional dental organization to which Dr. Licata has belonged even before graduation from dental school. The AGD places emphasis on life-long continued dental education, above and beyond what is needed for basic state requirements for annual licensure. To earn Fellowship status, a dentist must achieve at least 500 hours of continued education then pass a rigorous 8-hour written exam. Dr. Licata achieved her Fellowship status in 1997, and was bestowed her Fellowship degree at the 1998 AGD National Convention Convocation ceremony in Boston, MA. Dr. Licata achieved her Fellowship 9 years after graduating from dental school. If a dentist met only the state required 25 hours per year of continuing education, it would take a dentist over 20 years to achieve fellowship status!
People have different levels of dental anxiety. We will always talk with you about your fears and concerns and help devise some coping mechanisms for you to help manage your apprehensions. These mechanisms might include some simple techniques like discussion and relaxation techniques, to considering nitrous oxide (laughing gas) sedation. We can also prescribe medications from the pharmacy which relax you so much that you might not even remember being here!