Per directives from the CDC and California Dental Association, we are suspending all elective treatments for 2 weeks.  We are still available for urgent care. Once it is deemed safe to resume treatment, I would like our patient family to know the steps we will always take to keep you, and us, safe.  They are in fact the measures that are practiced day in and day out, hour after hour, consistently over many years time that have always kept us and our patients safe from infectious agents.  The novel Coronavirus currently infecting thousands worldwide can be killed on surfaces just as other Coronaviruses that cause cold or flu illnesses, and appears less hardy than other pathogenic viruses like Herpes or Hepatitis. It is, however, easily transmitted due to it's incubation period, and that people may be infected but have no or only mild symptoms. With the high-level surface disinfection and instrument sterilization employed after each and every patient encounter, disinfection of non-clinical areas like counters and desks, the use of personal protective equipment, and skilled staff that rigorously practice infection control as a way of daily life, you can be assured of safety when being cared for.  We have enhanced our daily routine by more frequent disinfection of non-clinical areas so door pulls, counters, chairs, and items touched by patients are always clean.  We ask you to use hand sanitizer, or wash in the restroom with soap and water, when you first arrive for an appointment, and again as you leave.  Your ability to have quality care in a clean, safe environment always has been and will be our unified goal as a care team. 
    Since we currently do not know when agencies may give a go-ahead to resume regular elective care like checkups, you will be contacted some time before your upcoming appointment and be re-scheduled for the next available times, likely in July or August.  Remember that urgent care needs will still be addressed, and we will be here for you. 
Stay Safe, keep washing your hands (and THEN use your picks!)
To Your Continued Good Health,   Daniel Dozier, DDS and Staff
Healthy Smile Stockton

What are the options available for payment of fees in your office? Do you have payment plans?

We always try to work with you to find a solution that allows you to get the care you want and stay within you means. We often phase treatment over time, prioritizing the most needed treatments first, and if necessary delaying smaller problems or more elective procedures till some later date. We accept Visa and Mastercard, and provide a 5% courtesy discount for payment in full on the day of treatment. For patients who would like to have a payment plan, we are able to offer 3-month payment plans in office, and we also accept Care Credit if a longer payment schedule is needed. Many patients already have Care Credit cards, or we are also able to help you apply for your account if you prefer to have one. Even with dental insurance, most procedures have anywhere from 20-50% patient share amounts, and if you have no dental insurance at all, you have lots of company. If you would like to know more about Care Credit options, please click here.

We have always kept our fees in line with the average community fees, and set out fees according to time and quality of care. We use essentially one basic fee schedule, which has been designed so that un-insured patients do not have to pay a premium or pay a “penalty” by higher fees due to lack of insurance coverage (which is pretty much how it works everywhere if you don’t have medical insurance and end up being charged twice as much because of it!) We always strive to treat patients fairly and respect their financial as well as dental needs, and promise to work with you in the journey to a comfortable and Healthy Smile.

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