Financial

1. Do you take my insurance?

We accept all the major PPO insurances for routine and restorative care. Our specialty services and anesthesia providers accept insurances, but out-of-network. Most dental insurances (except HMO and EPO) have out-of-network coverage.

Our fees are fair and competitive. Most, if not all of our fees, are below the Fair Health Consumer Database for our area code, 22015. Check them out here!

https://www.fairhealthconsumer.org/dental/zip.

2. Who will file the claims with our dental insurance?

We accept and will file claims with all PPO dental insurances. However, not all providers at our practice may be contracted with your insurance. Most insurances other than HMO (Health Maintenance Organization) and EPO (Exclusive Provider Organization) will pay for a significant portion of our fees for out-of-network coverage.

3. My loved one has special needs and Medicaid insurance, do you take Medicaid?

Unfortunately, we do not participate in Virginia or DC Medicaid plans. However, we have many patients that have Medicaid and still come to our practice due to the unique style of services that we offer. We have put together some very competitive promotion plans that many of our Medicaid patients utilize. Feel free to check them out and call us if you have any questions!

4. If you don’t take Medicaid, why should we come to you?

The specialty services we offer are unique, with providers like us, few and far in between. We specialize in the treatment of patients with special needs, complex medical histories, patients with severe gag reflex, limited mouth opening and dental phobia. We provide our patient and their loved ones with the highest level of compassion, quality of work and dental care.

5. Does my medical insurance cover the anesthesia?

Medical insurance does not normally pay for anesthesia or sedation for your dental services, but there are some cases in which they do! Some insurance companies may consider reimbursement for sedation services for children under the age of five, a person with a medical, mental or behavioral condition, or a person who may be severely disabled.

For many of our patients who may have special needs that require deep sedation or general anesthesia to receive dental care, a letter of medical necessity from your physician may be necessary. You will need to complete this PRIOR to your first anesthesia visit with us.

We do not file the medical insurance claims for you. However, we will provide you with the appropriated CPT treatment codes, ICD diagnosis codes and any other information regarding treatment performed. You may submit this along with the physician-provided letter of medical necessity, and you may qualify for reimbursement.

Anesthesia

1. What is the difference between General Anesthesia and Sedation dentistry?

Under sedation, you will feel relaxed and may fall into a light sleep. Often, your dentist refers to this as conscious sedation because you are awake, though in a state of depressed alertness. You will likely be able to maintain your own airway and respond to verbal or physical cues.

As for general anesthesia, patients are completely asleep throughout the procedure and won't remember the treatment afterward. Only qualified professionals, such as our dentist anesthesiologists, will administer general anesthesia through a mask or an IV line, and patients often require assistance with their airway. Typically, this procedure occurs in a surgical center, hospital or properly equipped dental office with trained anesthesia professionals.

2. Will I be put asleep by a dentist or an anesthesiologist?

Both! We have 2 in-house hospital-trained anesthesiologists who are also dentists! They have both completed hospital trainings performing anesthesia for a wide variety of medical cases, being trained by medical anesthesiologists and dentist anesthesiologists.

3. Is Anesthesia / Sedation really safe?

Anesthesia and sedation, when done appropriately by a trained anesthesiologist is very safe. You may think of this experience as flying in a commercial airliner. There are risks, but with proper training, preparation, and systems in place, the experience is exceedingly safe – in fact, commercial airliners are the safest way to travel! Similarly, after seeing our anesthesiologist and being deemed appropriate for anesthesia for dental care at our facility, the most dangerous thing you will do on you or your loved one’s day of surgery is to drive back and forth from your home to see us.

Dental

1. Why should we come to your practice?

Experience: Our doctors are very experienced in providing the highest level of dentistry, utilizing the latest innovative dental technology, and tailors our plan to the specific needs of every one of our patients. Our Dream Team is well trained in treating the anxious/phobic patients, patients with special needs, complex medical histories, uncooperative children, and more.

Safety: You will be receiving your anesthesia by hospital-trained anesthesiologists utilizing state-of-the art anesthesia equipment in our dental surgery center.

Trust: The level of quality, compassion and care you will receive by being a patient at NOVA Dental Anesthesia will be treatment you will value and trust.

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