Smiles in the Sun Dentistry

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Financial Information

Our primary goal is to not allow the cost of treatment to prevent you from benefiting from the quality care you need or desire. In our office, we strive to maximize your insurance benefits and make any remaining balance affordable. 

All patient balances are due immediately after treatment is rendered. Please ask us if you are interested in learning about third party financing, which may allow you to finance your treatment in low monthly payments.

Should a balance accrue on the account, a statement will be sent and payment is to be made, in full, by the date on the statement. If payment is not paid within 30 days, interest may be applied to the entire account balance. A revised statement with the new account balance, payable immediately, will be sent. 

A returned check fee may also be applied and must be payable from you for each check payment returned to us by your bank. 

Dental insurance is a contract between the patient, their employer (if applicable) and the insurance company. Submitting claims for payment to the insurance company is a courtesy provided by the dentist, not an obligation. Ultimately, you are responsible for any treatment that is unpaid by your insurance company. 

Our fees are based on the quality materials we use and the time, effort, and skill required in performing your needed treatment. We charge what is the usual and customary for our area. We will be sensitive to your financial circumstances and do everything possible to help you achieve oral health. Ultimately, however, you are responsible for payment regardless of any insurance company’s arbitrary determination of usual and customary rates.

If there is dental insurance on the account, the clinic has established the patient balance based on the information the patient has provided. Final treatment payment is subject to the terms and conditions of your insurance company on the date of service. As such, until payment is received from your insurance company, no patient payment is final. 

Estimates and treatment plans are based upon information gained from the examination. As with any dental treatment, there may be unforeseen treatment adjustments and/or complications. The treatment plans are a preliminary estimate only and lab charges (if applicable) have been estimated and included in the total. The clinic will make an effort to anticipate any changes in the treatment plan and advise you at that time. However, such events are unpredictable. Likewise, the timing or spacing of appointments may need to be modified as needed to accomplish the best result possible. The clinic will make every effort to accommodate your scheduling needs. 

Estimates do not take into consideration any money that was billed toward your financial maximum or treatment limits that may have been used at other dental clinics. 

A submission to your insurance company may be sent to determine an approximate final investment. However, it is an estimate only. Final insurance splits may be adjusted upon receiving the predeterminations. Predeterminations from your insurance company are NOT a guarantee of payment and final payment is your responsibility. 

We strive to provide treatment in a timely manner with as few visits as necessary. In order to provide the best services to our patients, we require at least 24-hour notice for cancellations or for re-scheduling your appointments.  We understand that unforeseen circumstances may arise, which may result in cancelling or missing your appointment. A charge may be assessed for multiple missed, short notice, or cancelled appointments. Multiple failed appointments may result in being dismissed from the dental practice. 

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