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Dental Insurance and Your Child’s Care

Dental insurance can be confusing. Luckily, our team is ready to help you understand your insurance plan!

Your Personalized Insurance Analysis

When it comes to understanding your dental insurance benefits, there are so many questions that we hear regularly. “Is my preferred dentist an in-network provider?” “What is covered?” “How much do I pay out-of-pocket?” The list goes on and on. We’re happy to help with all the questions that you may have. We’ve probably heard it before and can give you an answer that will save you time from trying to figure it out on your own! In fact, our office will do a benefit analysis before you even come into the office to make sure that you are aware of your benefits – both in-network and out-of-network.

Rethinking Your In-Network Benefits

Did you know that although insurance can help with your out of pocket expenses, insurance companies limit the amount of benefits available to you and that leads to less comprehensive care for your child? Shocking, right? Another common misconception that many patients believe is that in-network coverage is their only option. When in fact, many times in-network and out-of-network coverage are the same!

The sad truth is that some insurance coverage may limit the customization of your child’s treatment plan. That’s why it’s a good idea to restructure the way that you think about insurance coverage. It can lower your payments for certain services, but please remember the importance of procedures that may not be fully or partially covered.

Creating Lifelong Smiles is our Priority

When your child is in our chair, their oral health and creating a lifelong, healthy smile is our number one priority. We are fully committed to customized care that results in a healthy, beautiful smile to last your child’s lifetime! Unfortunately, in many cases, insurances are forcing us to lower our standard of care by limiting the covered procedures – or making patients believe that choosing an in-network provider is their only option. But don’t worry! In your comprehensive benefits analysis we will help you understand exactly what your options are and give you a cost estimate.

What We’re Doing to Help

In addition to helping our families understand their benefits, we’re looking closely at the insurance companies and policies with whom we work. We are doing this because we want to ensure we are able to offer TOP QUALITY CARE to all our patients. We’re currently evaluating the research we’ve done to make the best insurance decisions for you! While there will be some changes coming, rest assured that all of our decisions will have your child’s quality of care in mind.

Call Us Today to Learn More

When it comes to insurance, we couldn’t begin to cover every individual patient’s needs in a single blog. Call us today or fill out a contact form to talk through your benefits and let us help you understand how we can work with your family to provide excellent and affordable dental treatment for your children.



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When Should a Baby See a Dentist?

Did you know that a baby should see a dentist by age one? The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) all recommend that children see a dentist by their first birthday. Even though babies may not have all of their teeth yet, seeing a pediatric dentist is beneficial. This allows a baby’s jaw and tooth development to be checked and any potential issues to be caught early on.

Why See a Pediatric Dentist?

A pediatric dentist has additional training and education to specifically work with kids. Baby teeth are different than permanent teeth. Our pediatric dentists specialize in treating kids similar to a pediatrician in the medical field. Pediatric dentists also take courses on working with kids who have special needs.

Dr. Angie Sage is passionate about preventative care and teaching kids (and their parents) how to best take care of their teeth so that they do not have more serious issues later in life. This process begins at a child’s first appointment. Studies have shown that kids who wait to see a dentist until after age one are more likely to require restorative and emergency visits. In addition, a year one exam could even save you money!

Infant Lap Exams

You might be wondering how we will check a baby’s teeth, since babies are not always cooperative. We perform what we call, an infant lap exam, where a parent holds the baby facing them and lays them down in their lap. Sitting knee to knee, one of our doctors will quickly check their mouth and teeth while they lay down in the parent’s lap. This is safe, fast, and effective!

If you have a baby approaching age one that has not had a dental exam, give us a call today. The Alamo Heights Pediatric Dentistry team is excited to welcome you to the family!