At Argyle Family Dental, we are in network with several insurance plans. Each plan varies on what procedures it will cover and how much benefit it will provide. We will research your individual plan to do a benefits check and give you as close to an accurate estimate as possible before proceeding with any treatment. For those who do not have any dental insurance or coverage, we do offer an in-office savings plan that may be helpful.
What do I do if I have a dental emergency?
If you feel you have a dental emergency, please call our office right away! If it is not during normal business hours, you will find on our voicemail message that Dr. Kennelly has provided a number to reach him at and will do his best to return your call in a timely manner to guide you through the emergency.
I have dental anxiety. What can you do to help me?
Most of our patients have some level of dental anxiety, so you are not alone! If you are looking for options that may make your visit more comfortable, we can make nitrous available during your appointment. If nitrous, or "laughing gas," isn't enough to make you relaxed, we also offer oral conscious sedation that leave you minimally sedated. With oral conscious sedation, our patients have found that they can complete their treatment with little or no memory of the visit.
Do you see kids in your office?
Absolutely! It is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry that kids see a dentist within 6 months of getting their first tooth or by the age of 1. We use several different methods to make our kid patients comfortable during their visit and of course, our "treasure chest" is fully stocked!
Are you open late or on the weekends?
Currently, we have evening hours up to 7pm available on Thursdays. We are closed on the weekend as we encourage our team to enjoy quality time with their families.
Are x-rays safe and are they necessary?
X-rays in the dental setting are considered safe and necessary. With new digital technology, the amount of radiation is very minimal. In addition, we use lead shields over your body to further protect you. Among many reasons, we require x-rays in order to check the bone level around your teeth, for any possible infections, and to check for cavities in between your teeth that we would otherwise not be able to detect with a visual exam.
What is the best way to whiten my teeth?
Different methods work better for different patients. We offer in office whitening that has fast results and also take home whitening kits that you can use at your own pace in the comfort of your home. A consultation with Dr. Kennelly would be helpful in determining which option would be best in giving you the results you're looking for!
What are some tooth replacement options?
If you are missing a tooth, or several teeth, we have options including implants, bridges, and partial or complete dentures. Explore our website or call the office to learn more!
What kind of toothbrush and toothpaste should I be using?
We are fans of electric toothbrushes as we feel they do a much better job at removing plaque than a manual toothbrush. Regardless if you use an electric or manual toothbrush, we strongly advise that you make sure it has soft bristles. Medium or hard bristles can easily start doing damage to your teeth and gums over time. Your toothpaste should contain fluoride to help prevent the development of cavities. Any toothpaste brand with the ADA (American Dental Association) seal of approval is recommended. What does Dr. Kennelly choose? Sonicare toothbrush and Arm & Hammer Sensitive toothpaste.
Do I need to floss?
Flossing is the most common way to ensure that we are cleaning in between our teeth! If the plaque and bacteria that collects there is not removed on a regular basis, it may lead to gum disease or cavities. We also recommend the Waterpik water-flossing. This is especially useful for people with braces, implants, bridges, or numerous crowned teeth.
Why do I need a "deep cleaning?"
If your hygienist has informed you that you need a "deep cleaning," or scaling and root planing, it means that there is an active infection in your gums called periodontal disease. This has resulted in bone loss around your teeth and have caused your gums to be inflammed and to bleed easily. The only way to stop the disease process from worsening, is to remove the bacteria that is harbored deep underneath the gums. If the periodontal disease progresses, it may result in loss of a tooth.
Should I go to the dentist if I'm pregnant?
Yes! It is strongly advised to continue with your regular dental visits when pregnant to prevent any existing dental conditions from turning into an emergency. Pregnancy hormones have been known to increase your risk of developing gingivitis, so it is important to keep up with your regular cleanings to keep it in check! Although we may limit x-rays to the most urgent situations until after the baby is born, if x-rays are required, the lead shields are there to protect both mom and baby. If any treatment is needed, you can still be numb for your procedure as we have anesthetic options that are safe to use during pregnancy. Congrats on the new addition to your family!