Your First Appointment
Welcome to Prairie Village Dentists! Expect superior and comfortable dental care for your entire family. Accessibility and patient comfort are very important to us. We filled our website with information that you need about dental treatments and better dental health. Our office has advanced technology to give you efficient and gentle procedures. Our warm, friendly team has your comfort in mind.
We’re making patient forms available on this page so you have the option to download and fill them out at your own pace. Please bring the complete forms to your appointment. This step helps keep your dental appointment as stress-free as possible. It also helps us process your registration faster and get started right away on finding the best treatment and preventive care for you.
Expect check-ups and cleanings that are anything but ordinary. At Prairie Village Dentists, each patient gets a 70-minute appointment for physical examination of the teeth and gums, professional cleaning, diagnostic procedures as needed, and a discussion of your treatment goals. This is a great time to tell Dr. Smith what you need and what you expect to see after your treatment.
Please bring your picture ID, dental insurance, if any (see below for insurances information), and inform us right away of relevant details on your dental and medical history and of the medications that you are currently taking.
Feel free to browse through our website pages if you want to learn more about our dental team, office hours, services, directions to our office, cavity prevention, and other useful information.
We are participating providers with these companies:
Delta Dental, Guardian, and Cigna.
In most cases, you can look up your benefits online or feel free to call our office and we can help you. We can only assist in estimating your portion of the cost of treatment.
Please remember you are fully responsible for all fees charged by our office regardless of your insurance coverage.
Some information about dental insurance:
Please understand that we file dental claims as a courtesy to our patients. We do not have a contract with your insurance company, only you do. We are not responsible for how your insurance company handles its claims or for what benefits they pay on a claim. We can only assist you in estimating your portion of the cost of treatment. We at no time guarantee what your insurance will or will not do with each claim. We also cannot be responsible for any errors in filing your insurance. Once again, we file claims as a courtesy to you.
Fact 1- No Insurance Pays 100% Of All Procedures
Dental insurance is meant to be an aid in receiving dental care. Many patients think that their insurance pays 90%-100% of all dental fees. This is not true! Most plans only pay between 50%-80% of the average total fee. Some pay more, some pay less. The percentage paid is usually determined by how much you or your employer has paid for coverage, or the type of contract your employer has set up with the insurance company.
Fact 2- Benefits Are Not Determined By Our Office
You may have noticed that sometimes your dental insurer reimburses you or the dentist at a lower rate than the dentist’s actual fee. Frequently, insurance companies state that the reimbursement was reduced because your dentist’s fee has exceeded the usual, customary, or reasonable fee (UCR) used by the company.
A statement such as this gives the impression that any fee greater than the amount paid by the insurance company is unreasonable, or well above what most dentists in the area charge for a certain service. This can be very misleading and simply not accurate.
Insurance companies set their own schedules, each company uses a different set of fees they consider allowable. These allowable fees may vary widely because each company collects fee information from claims it processes. The insurance company then takes this data and arbitrarily chooses a level they call the “allowable” UCR Fee. Frequently, this data can be three to five years old and these “allowable” fees are set by the insurance company so they can make a net of 20%-30% profit.
Unfortunately, insurance companies imply that your dentist is “overcharging”, rather than say they are “underpaying”, or that their benefits are low. In general, the less expensive insurance policy will use a lower usual, customary, or reasonable (UCR) figure.
Fact 3- Deductibles
You are responsible for any deductibles or co-pays your insurance may have.
New Patient Specials
We also have a Wedding Special. As our wedding gift to you and your loved ones, we offer free teeth bleaching for all brides and grooms who are patients of record and half price for all members of the bridal party!
New Patient Forms & Scheduling Link
Thank you for choosing Prairie Village Dentist. If you have concerns, questions about your dental health, or if you need help in filling out the forms, don’t hesitate to call our Prairie Village, Kansas dental office at (913) 649-5600 or use the online form.