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Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How much is my appointment going to cost?
A. Independent dental hygienists charge less for dental cleaning. The savings will be 25-40%! The average cost of a first time appointment is $135.00-165.00.
Q. Is it true that you can do a complete dental assessment?
A. Yes. As part of your cleaning appointment, I do a dental assessment that includes the charting of visible tooth problems and gum lesions, gum or bone loss, orthodontic needs, oral cancer screening, and needed referrals.
Q. Do you do whitening? How much is it to do bleaching or whitening?
A. Yes. The best way to do this is by having custom guards made of your teeth and then wearing these for 1/2 hr/day for a week. Your teeth will be bright and white for years! Cost: $190.00. Regularly $500.00 at most offices.
Q. How do I get my dental records moved to your office?
A. When you come in, you can sign a form that I will fax to your dental office and they will send me a copy of recent x-rays and treatment.
Q. What if I have a medical emergency while in your office?
A. I am trained in CPR, and First Aid and have an emergency kit, including oxygen, in the office.
Q. Can you tell me if I have cavities?
A. Dental hygienists cannot 'diagnose' officially but will tell you if you need to see a dentist.
Q. Can I use my dental insurance policy at your office?
Q. What type of payment do you accept?
A. Visa, MasterCard, Debit, Cheque
Q. Doesn't a dentist have to be on site?
A. No. For many years dental hygienists worked for dental offices but no supervision was required. Now, Independent Registered Dental Hygienists can operate their own clinics independent of dentists.
Q. What if I need a filling done?
A. No problem. I will refer you to a dentist.
Q. I've just moved to Ottawa to attend Carleton University. Can you take me on as your patient?
A. Certainly. As an alumni of C.U. I understand that it is important to use your dental insurance plan and maintain your overall health by having your teeth looked after by a professional.
Q. I have more questions. How do I reach you?
A. Email any questions that you might have to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org