The following are common questions and answers for issues that we see in our dental office.
What insurances are accepted?
Most dental insurances provided through an employer (PPO type) are accepted. Dr. Winterton is an In-Network provider for the most common ones including Delta Dental, Cigna, Aetna, United Healthcare, Metlife, United Concordia and many more. We are not accepting medicaid insurance currently but do accept United Healthcare’s Dual Complete insurance (medicare and medicaid together)
What procedures are offered in-office?
Most types of dental procedures can be done by Dr. Winterton in the office including most root canals, simple dental implant placements, removal of wisdom teeth, IV sedations, periodontal surgeries and deep cleanings, and many more. Please feel free to call us to inquire about your specific needs at 505-865-3395.
Do you have availability for new patients?
Of course! We understand toothaches aren’t scheduled, so we make strong efforts, even on our busy days to see emergency patients same or next day. If you have an urgent dental problem call us or leave us a message after-hours and we’ll get back to you in a timely manner (usually within several hours).
What ages of patients are seen in the practice?
Dr. Winterton is happy to treat patients of all ages, from infants to the elderly and everyone in between. For the kiddos we’ll commonly get them into a movie with our headphones and the TV in the ceiling, commonly used along with the laughing gas, most kids do great with all types of treatments. We also have large rooms to accommodate patients confined to wheelchairs. We also often treat special needs patients depending on the tolerance of the individual.
How much will my treatment cost?
It can be very difficult to predict fees with the current insurance situation. Each individual situation is unique and the best way to get a specific fee is to come into the office, have the doctor evaluate the situation and look into any specific insurance that may be applicable. We can then commonly preauthorize treatment prior to starting so there are no surprises.
Is sedation offered for anxious patients or surgeries?
Most any type of dental procedure can be provided under sedation if anxiety, gag reflex, or other issues prevent proper treatment without. Dr. Winterton is uniquely qualified and licensed to provide IV moderate concious sedation in the office, which removed memory of the procedure, as well as lighter types of sedation including oral (pills) and nitrous oxide (laughing gas). Not everyone is a candidate though depending on the health of the individual. To schedule a free in-office sedation consultation with Dr. Winterton fill out the contact form here.
What should I expect at my first visit?
Most commonly the first visit will be a chance for you to meet our doctor and staff, go over medical and dental health, answer any questions and spend time describing dental needs. A series of x-rays taken, evaluated and a custom plan made for your specific needs. Cleanings are commonly done at that first visit but not always. If its been several years since your last cleaning a deeper type cleaning may be needed at a separate visit. Treatment can sometimes be started at that first visit as well, depending on the schedule and needs of the patient.