sarasota dentistry economic dilemmas

What Kind of Dental Patient are You?

Every day Smile Sarasota hears stories from friends and patients about the different economic dilemmas people are faced with. Dentistry is not immune to them and all too often gets neglected or just placed a little further down on people’s priority lists. We thought it would be helpful to clarify for patients (new and established) that we realize personal circumstances dictate what our patients HAVE to do and not necessarily what they WANT to do when it comes to their dental needs.

Smile Sarasota wants you to have the best dentistry available in as caring a way as possible. We realize that not everyone thinks the same way about the need for dental care. There are those people in crisis or with an emergency problem such as a broken tooth, pain, swelling, or bleeding, who need our immediate help, are at this level. We see emergencies immediately, whenever possible.

Then there are those who choose a level of care only when something breaks or becomes uncomfortable. Generally people at this level expect a limited type of examination, focusing on obvious problems. They usually want to correct immediate problems with as little effort as possible. While Dr. Still will always recommend the best overall treatment for you, he understands that sometimes patients can only focus on one thing at a time.

Some patients want a thorough examination and take an active part in the treatment and prevention of present and future disease problems. However, they usually choose repair solutions that are short range in nature.

Most of our patients choose to have a thorough examination. However, they decide on a plan to formulate a long-term treatment plan for health and repair. These patients are very concerned about treating the causes of dental disease, not simply the effects. These patients want all dental treatment provided to be completed in the most long lasting fashion as possible. They visit us for teeth cleanings and exams at least three times per year and are quick to accept what is recommended to keep them healthy.

Then there are the ‘look your best patients’. People in this category are long-term with regard to dental health but also want to look their best at all times. They know that their smile is the first thing others notice about them and want to put their best foot forward. Smile Sarasota provides full mouth reconstruction and cosmetic dentistry of all types.

We hope these levels of care make sense to you. It is not uncommon for people to begin at one level and progress to another over time, through patient education and as finances permit, and realize that they want healthy teeth and gums for life. We offer CareCredit to assist with financing as well as discounts for paying by check or cash.

We are here to help you discover and decide at what level you are most comfortable. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you and provide you with the best dentistry in Sarasota that is appropriate for you! Call today and set up a consultation with Dr. Still!