Helpful Information

It’s our privilege to help you with your dental needs as well as making the administrative aspects of dental appointments as easy as possible. We always welcome your questions… call, email or drop by. The information provided below addresses many common questions:

Appointments

Running on time is a top priority to Dr. Chandler and each staff member. To build on our reputation of “rarely having a patient wait”, we carefully schedule the large variety of procedures we provide according to the patient’s unique conditions, procedure, material and lab interface, and good ole fashioned TLC. With thoughtful attention, we construct the schedule to allow Dr. Chandler or the hygienist to give their undivided attention to the patient having treatment. Respecting your time is a well-coordinated effort between us and our patients. If your schedule allows, please arrive 5-10 minutes early. You are always welcomed and we might even be able to surprise you with a refreshing drink or “breathable” moment to enjoy a magazine article. If you are a new patient, please complete your forms prior to your scheduled appointment time. Or, let us know so we can adjust your appointment by 15 minutes to provide you enough time to fill them out after your arrival.

One important request: Being gentle and running on time requires the thoughtful focus and careful planning from several people. Therefore, we ask that should you ever have a change in your schedule, and need to reschedule your appointment reservation, please give us a full 2-3 days notice. By doing so, we are able to give your reserved time to another patient seeking an appointment with Dr. Jordon or your hygienist.

Changing an Appointment Reservation

Periodically unforeseen circumstances may require that you reschedule an appointment. For rescheduling your appointment due to a non-emergent nature, we ask that you provide us with 3 days notice. By doing so, we will have sufficient time to provide your reserved time to another patient seeking an appointment with Dr. Chandler or your hygienist.


Another service that we provide to many of our patients with uncertain schedules is to join our “VIP-call system”. Attorneys with sudden court demands, real estate agents with last minute closings, flight attendants with on-call schedules, truck drivers picking up extra loads and a variety of other professions make keeping reserved appointments difficult. In these cases, we are happy to work around you, so you don’t have to work around us! If appointment reservations become cumbersome, we’ll work with you on a “VIP” notice, checking-in with you 24 hours in advance to see if the appointment we’ve been able to arrange will match your busy schedule.

Payment

After services are provided, payment is made by cash, check, credit card or a very popular payment plan through Care Credit.

Care Credit is a health care credit card with options including those with no interest, low monthly payments, no up-front costs, no annual fees and no pre-payment penalties. Our office pays the fee for you to enjoy Care Credit. Care Credit has allowed millions of dental patients across the USA to afford their dentistry and restore their dental health. We are grateful to their company founders and appreciate the service they provide so our patients can get the dentistry they need. Their application is extremely easy and fast and, if you desire, we can discover if this option is available to you at your visit.

We have been delighted to help patients problem solve and consider their options for payment. There is great reward in helping a patient exclaim “NO CAVITIES!” and helping them remain problem free when they revisit the office for periodic teeth cleaning.

Insurance

Our office staff simplifies the dental insurance claim management processes for our patients. So, here are the easy steps and some help information:
  1. Call our Royston dental office at 706-245-5031 or email us and reserve your new patient appointment. During your conversation, she’ll gather the information needed from you that is available on your insurance card.
  2. To minimize your out-of-pocket cost, we will process claims for you on your behalf. We accept most insurances and file on behalf of the patient.
  3. Co-payments (which is the patient portion of the fee) varies according to the insurance you have. From the information provided to us by your carrier, we will estimate your benefit and out-of-pocket expenses. And, we practice an easy to follow guideline: “Inform before you perform”. This means that we’ll review anticipated insurance benefits and your portion of the cost before treatment is started. After all, we’d want to know the fee and we believe you would like to, also!
  4. After the claim is paid, if a “0” balance is not gained on the account, we either refund an over-estimate or send you a statement for any remaining balance.
  5. As a service to our patients, we file claims to your insurance company for you. We can determine your coverage prior to treatment according to the information provided to us from your insurance company. Any outstanding balance after insurance payment has been received is the patient’s responsibility. If we have not received reimbursement from your insurance company within 30 days, we will ask you remit payment for any balance due on the account.

Many patients know they have insurance and have not had the “ins and outs” explained in a helpful manner. We enjoy educating and helping patients and the following explanation may be helpful to you: Dental insurance is structured quite differently than medical insurance. In simple terms, dental insurance is a set amount per year that your employer has agreed to spend to help you with dental costs. Unlike medical insurance that takes care of “everything” after you pay a certain cost, dental benefits are capped typically between $1000 and $2500. Any coverage is helpful, but dental benefits have decreased throughout the years when previously a patient’s common annual needs were readily covered by their insurance plan. However, considering the vast number of patients who come regularly to the dentist with no benefits to offset costs, dental coverage is still a wonderful employer-paid benefit.

We encourage patients to let the state of their oral health and treatment options guide the choices for their well-being and not whether or not your insurance will cover it. When small dental problems are caught and treated early, the lifetime expense to the patient is significantly less and there are many functional and esthetic advantages to treating dental problems when they are small – whether covered by insurance or not! If you are concerned about paying for dentistry, check out our awesome payment plans with Care Credit.

We are often asked if we are on a PPO or discounted insurance plan. After reviewing the fee reimbursement levels, we made the decision that it was not in the best interests of our patients to cut our fees and, consequently, seek ways to reduce the cost of materials, lab and other “corner cutting” options. Here’s a major rub: The ethics and values of dental practices vary as widely as car repair shops. We often meet new patients who have been given treatment plans from other offices that recommended treatment on healthy teeth or recommended treatment on problem teeth that we believed could be treated more conservatively. We encourage all patients to select their dental office carefully and weigh your priorities and values to make the choices best for you and your family.