What is Fee for Service?

When you hear the words “fee-for-service dentistry,” it can raise questions. Does it mean cash only? No insurance accepted?

Here’s what the reasoning behind fee-for-service really is, and how it can benefit the care you receive.

Quality Over Quantity

Some dental patients feel restricted by their dental insurance, in that they’re not able to select a provider that offer the level of quality care they are looking for. However, as a fee-for-service dentist, we do accept insurance, even if they do not participate as a “preferred provider” in the plan that you carry.

Working outside of the network allows the us to charge a fair and fixed rate for specific procedures that we offer, rather than have their fees managed and dictated by a third-party insurance provider.

This measure allows San Antonio dental office to utilize the highest quality labs and materials, rather than having to select lower-quality facilities in order to meet cost restrictions. As a result, our patients will be able to receive excellent care that isn’t restricted by an insurance carrier’s contract.

Payment at the Time of Service 

Our patients pay for their services in full at the time of treatment (to be reimbursed directly by their insurance carrier). 

What Happens Once Insurance is Filed?

Our dental office is happy to file insurance claims on our patients’ behalf. Even though you are paying our office directly, we will manage all of the paperwork and forms that are needed to seek reimbursement for your plan’s coverage.

It’s important to note that insurance claims can take well over 30 days or more to file, process, and a reimbursement check sent out. Once it arrives, the payment should be made and mailed directly to your home address.

An Advantage for Patients and Dentists

We realize that Fee For Service Dentistry can be a deterrent for some individuals when seeking out a new dentist. But the truth is that when you need the best care at a competitive rate, it truly provides both you and our dental office with more freedom in regard to what’s possible for your smile. The fair pricing allows us to select the best dental procedures and methodologies, rather than the ones that will “only fit into the plan’s package.”

As always, if you have any questions, we are phone call away.  Our office manager, Julie, will be happy to help you. 210-615-8357


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