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“Do you take my insurance?”

We participate and are “in network” with Delta Dental as a Premier provider. This is the only dental benefit that we are “in network” with.

We are “out of network” and unable to submit claims to: Meridian, Molina, Medicaid, Delta Dental Healthy Kids, Delta Dental Healthy Michigan or any dental insurance requiring “in network” participation.

We are able to submit claims to any dental insurance that does not require “in network” participation. But if your insurance requires that your dentist is “in network” it means they will not cover your care at our office. You are responsible for any unpaid balance.

We’re Back! (as of May 29th, 2020!)

We’re baaaack! Whoo Hoo!

The carpets are clean our filters are changed some new barriers are up and our attitudes are 100% ready to go back to work! 

What has changed?

In order to keep our patients and team safe, we’ll be screening patients when they arrive. What’s that going to look like?

  • Your temperature will be checked
  • We’ll ask you some health screening questions, verbally. But don’t worry…it’s an easy test. We’ll give you the questions in advance!

Have you, or anyone close to you, experienced flu-like symptoms within the past 14 days such as:

  1. Cough: Yes / No
  2. Fever: Yes / No
  3. Shortness of Breath: Yes / No
  4. Sore Throat: Yes / No
  5. Muscle/Body Aches: Yes / No
  6. Nausea/Vomiting: Yes / No
  7. Fatigue: Yes / No
  8. A recent lack of taste or smell: Yes / No

Have you come into contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19? Yes / No, If yes, when________

Have you been tested for COVID-19, Yes / No 
If yes, was it a positive or negative result?  Positive / Negative

See…nothing to it! One other thing, we’d ask you to check your temperature at home before your appointment if you can. If you have a fever, call the office and we’ll figure out what’s next!

You’ll notice some other changes in scheduling and protocols to help keep everyone safe. For instance, we’ve staggered our appointment times. Upon your arrival there should only be one other patient waiting, if any. If you prefer to wait in your car, please check in first. You can call us at (989) 799-9133) and we can let you know when we’re ready for you!

In an effort to keep the fewest number of people at the office, we ask that you come alone, if able. If you have someone accompanying adult patients, they will need to wait outside. 

Existing appointments with Dr. Mead for treatment:

If you have a scheduled appointment with Dr. Mead for treatment, it is still on the schedule and we’ll be expecting you! You will NOT receive a text for the next few weeks. (Texts have been disabled until the schedule is up to date.)

We will contact you ASAP to confirm your appointment with the date and time. Each appointment is key to catching up with our patients who have been waiting to see us. With that said, a 48 hour notice is required to change or cancel any scheduled appointment. You may leave a message on the machine, email us at: alanmeadoffice@gmail.com, or call us during normal business hours (989)799-9133. 

A $25.00 “no show” fee will be enforced for patients who miss scheduled appointments. 

Existing appointments dental hygiene visits:

If you have a scheduled appointment with our hygienist for teeth cleaning, most appointments will still be on the schedule and we will be expecting you. You will NOT receive a text for the next few weeks. (Texts have been disabled until the schedule is up to date.)

We will contact you ASAP to confirm your appointment with the date and time. Each appointment is key to catching up with our patients who have been waiting to see us. With that said, a 48 hour notice is required to change or cancel any scheduled appointment. You may leave a message on the machine, email us at: alanmeadoffice@gmail.com, or call us during normal business hours (989)799-9133. 

A $25.00 “no show” fee will be enforced for patients who miss scheduled appointments. 

EXCEPTION!! If you have a scheduled appointment on a Tuesday with the hygienist we may have to change your cleaning appointment

Why? Our amazing dental hygiene team of Shannon and Tanna is now just the very amazing Shannon! For the moment our Tuesdays will only have one hygienist working, so we might have to re-arrange some appointments for a little while. Don’t worry, though! We’ll catch up!

I want to schedule an appointment

Existing patients: we would prefer an email at alanmeadoffice@gmail.com. Include your full name, reason for appointment, and contact info. We will contact you as soon as possible. You can call the office at (989) 799-9133 as well. We expect to be a bit swamped for the next few weeks so if you get the answering machine please leave a message and we’ll get back to you ASAP!

New patients: we can’t wait to meet you! Ideally you would send us an email at alanmeadoffice@gmail.com. Include your full name, reason for appointment, and contact info. We will contact you as soon as possible. You can call the office at (989) 799-9133 as well. WE LOVE NEW PATIENTS and we think you’re going to love our office, but we’re currently doing our best to catch up with the high demand! So please be patient with us! 

For any other questions…please email us at alanmeadoffice@gmail.com!

We can’t wait to see you and get back to “normal!”

Dr. Alan Mead and team

 

The best dentistry…

The best dentistry is no dentistry.

I realize that this sounds kind of silly coming from a dentist who actually enjoys restoring teeth. But you must realize that in a perfect world, there would be no dental decay. Gum disease would be nothing more than a bad dream. The perfect world would be one where no one would need the services of a dentist or dental hygienist. Teeth would be self cleaning, perfectly white and straight and I would be out of business.

It’s fine. I’d find something else to do. I could spend more time working on my podcast.

But it’s not a perfect world. Dental disease is still rampant. People have decay and gum disease. People break teeth and fillings all the time. So we dentists are doing fine.

The “no dentistry is the best dentistry” concept is still pretty great, though. The idea of doing the least to teeth makes me feel better. Every restoration I place, no matter how meticulously crafted and handled is still way worse than what mother nature originally gave you. In fact, I’m just as happy if you have boring teeth as I am with exciting cases!

Each treatment plan that we create takes this into account. If I’m going to propose a treatment to any part of your mouth it’s important that my treatment leaves you better off than when you started. Whether that is the placement of the very first restoration a tooth has ever had or me removing of a sick tooth I want it to improve the health of that patient. Which means we (the patient and I) have to consider how invasive any given treatment is before we embark upon any permanent treatment.

How do we do this? First, I’ll probably take photos, videos or x-rays of whatever condition we’re looking at. I use these images to explain to the patient what I’m seeing, what the condition is (the diagnosis) and whatever treatment options they have. This includes the option of no treatment with my best guess as to what would happen if the condition isn’t treated. This leads to a conversation between the patient, myself and usually our team.

These are “we” decisions, not “me” decisions. When we determine the best option for the patient, we move forward. The best option is almost always the least invasive for the situation whenever possible.

My favorite treatment? Doing an in depth, microscope based exam on a patient that’s making great choices and taking care of themselves in such a way that I can say, “you look terrific! I don’t have any treatment to recommend!”

Did this make you feel minimalist? Did it make you want to floss your teeth? I’d love to hear about it! You can share any Mead Family Dental post with a “Like” on Facebook, or you can “tweet” it with Twitter! All you need to do is hover over the heart shaped button next to the title of the post. Or you can leave a comment by clicking on the balloon shaped icon next to the title.

If you’re looking for a dentist in Saginaw, we’re always happy to accept new patients! You can request an appointment online or call the office at (989) 799-9133. And, as always, you can email me at alan@meadfamilydental.com. I always answer my own emails!

You get used to it

You get used to it (1)Your brain is an amazing organ. Not only does it automatically control much of what your body does all day, every day…it manages a huge number of sensory inputs. From your toes to the top of your head, your skin is a giant sensory organ sending your brain constant signals about temperature, pressure and sometimes pain. Your ears are constantly sending your brain input from all the sounds happening around you. Your eyes are like two incredible HD cameras sending ridiculous amounts of visual data that your brain has to assemble into the things you see at any given moment. In short…your brain has a lot to do.

In order to make that possible, your brain has to learn some short cuts. Let’s be honest…all of the input your brain gets isn’t important. Brains are used to making decisions about survival. It’s definitely more important to notice the tiger jumping out from behind that tree than it is to remember that the car that just passed you a few miles back was blue. So the brain is pretty good at filtering out the stuff that’s less important.

Take for example the town where my mother grew up. It was outside a large chemical plant. When I would visit my grandparents the first thing I would notice was a distinct and strong “chemical” smell. It wasn’t exactly unpleasant, but it was very noticeable. It usually only took a few minutes before I didn’t notice the smell any more. My brain decided the distinct smell wasn’t a threat and it pushed the mute button. I just didn’t notice it after that. Brains need to be able to do this because the amount of stimulus that reaches the brain at any given moment would be otherwise unbearable!

Then you show up to your dentist’s office. Your dentist does an exam and it seems like all they have to say is negative stuff. Your fillings are wearing out. You have a couple of teeth that are broken. You’ve got some places between your teeth where food gets stuck. And then you’re all like, “hey Doc, why so negative? My teeth feel fine!”

And then you remember that yeah, now that you think of it, when you eat things like roast beef or anything stringy they always get stuck in the same spot. And wait a minute…a piece of that tooth not the lower right did kind of chip off, but it doesn’t hurt. In fact, I forgot about it.

Remember that crazy brain you have? The one that can tune out the way your dog smells after it got sprayed by a skunk? It realized that your survival wasn’t threatened by that obnoxious roast beef catcher between your lower molars, so it tuned that sucker out.

A partially broken tooth. Just one of the many problems you could get used to and not even realize!

A partially broken tooth. Just one of the many problems you could get used to and not even realize!

The problem is that many of the dental problems I see every day don’t hurt one bit. Tooth decay is usually painless until it reaches the nerve of the tooth! Periodontal disease is usually doesn’t hurt right up until your teeth get loose! The beauty of regular dental care is that your dentist is outside of that amazing brain of yours and can help you determine where you might need some help and where you’re doing fine.[/caption]

So definitely trust your brain when you’re hiking through the African savannah or crossing the street. But maybe trust your dentist a bit more about the condition of your teeth. Because it’s possible you’ve gotten used to something that could cause you pain or problems down the road!

Did this make you rub your teeth with your tongue? Did it make you want to slide underneath one of our microscopes so we can get a closer look? I’d love to hear about it! You can share any Mead Family Dental post with a “Like” on Facebook, a “+1″ on Google+ or you can even “Tweet” it with Twitter! All you need to do is hover over the heart shaped button next to the title of the post. Or you can leave a comment by clicking on the balloon shaped icon next to the title.

If you’re looking for a dentist in Saginaw, we’re always happy to accept new patients! You can request an appointment online or call the office at (989) 799-9133. And, as always, you can email me at alan@meadfamilydental.com. I always answer my own emails!

The Clock is Ticking

Vintage alalrm clock on yellow backgroundThe Halloween decorations are still up, but not for too much longer. It’s still about ghosts and goblins for now, but soon it’s going to be more about turkey and stuffing.

I hear this noise. It’s a quiet, barely audible ticking. But it seems like it’s getting a little louder. And a little louder.

You see, although the calendar says we have 1/6th of the year left, it kind of lies. Because time in the last two months of the year becomes much more precious. The holidays bring their own special kind of busy. Whether it’s stocking up for a Thanksgiving feast or Christmas shopping for the grandkids, everything takes time.

If you’re anything like me…you’ve let things pile up. You’ve got a lot of things you were hoping to get done in 2017 and now we’re getting close to the end of the year.

A lot of you probably left some needed dental work until now. Now is the time you can use benefits without worrying about the fact that you “might need them for an emergency.” Your benefits run out at the end of this year and you’re leaving money on the table. You’ve already spent those dollars on premiums or spend downs. My friends, that money is gone.

If you’ve got benefits left and treatment that’s been diagnosed…it’s go time. It’s “let’s use the benefits we paid for time.” Let’s do this.

Call (989) 799-9133. As of now (November 1st…and counting) we’ve still got a little room on the schedule. But it’s going to fill up.

Do. Not. Wait.

That ticking you’re hearing…it’s going to get louder.

Did this make you feel urgent? Are you feeling like you need to get some dental work done? I’d love to hear about it! You can share any Mead Family Dental post with a “Like” on Facebook, a “+1″ on Google+ or you can even “Tweet” it with Twitter! All you need to do is hover over the heart shaped button next to the title of the post. Or you can leave a comment by clicking on the balloon shaped icon next to the title.

If you’re looking for a dentist in Saginaw, we’re always happy to accept new patients! You can request an appointment online or call the office at (989) 799-9133. And, as always, you can email me at alan@meadfamilydental.com. I always answer my own emails!