What are dental insurance networks?
Our office participates in PPO networks that do not affect our overall quality of care, like Delta Dental Premier. We are not contracted with all other dental networks, and how this affects you will be discussed prior to your appointment by one of our insurance specialists.
Most dental PPO plans will let you see the provider of your
choice- we accept most PPO insurances. Sometimes insurance will have a list of
'network' providers. "In-network" providers are offices that have
accepted a fee schedule for services, and your benefits may be paid at a higher
percentage in these offices. An example is a basic cleaning, instead of 100%
coverage, an out of network coverage may be 90%. However, there is a lot more complexity to
the cost of dentistry. In regards to the example of a cleaning, at our office a
‘basic cleaning’ involves an hour with a highly trained hygienist. This is
usually not the case at many other offices. By receiving a more thorough
cleanings at each visit, a patient
reduces the need for ‘deep cleanings’, treatment of decay and other costly treatments. In short, going “in network” often does not
save a patient dental costs.
Many of our patients
elect to see us "out-of network", and seldom is their overall out of
pocket cost higher with our office. The reason we keep the patient’s out of
pocket cost down is our conservative approach and our quality of care. We
diagnose and recommend dentistry that is absolutely necessary and favor the
least complicated treatment alternatives when treatment is warranted. When
treatment is rendered we take the time, effort, and care to make long lasting
restorations that provide many more years of service than dentistry done at a
lower level of quality and this is the true out of pocket cost to a patient.