Frequently Asked Questions

Why do you take my blood pressure at the beginning of an appointment?2018-04-12T14:39:06-04:00

Taking your blood pressure is part of the medical evaluation and history which we routinely do at your visit.

We need to have a picture of your general health as your mouth is part of your body and some of the medicines we use can have an impact on your blood pressure.

Your dental appointment is an excellent opportunity to provide this simple and very important screening.

Most people see their dentist at least twice a year, but they only see their physician every year or two. Therefore this simple test could alert us to the fact that you may have an asymptomatic, undiagnosed potentially serious medical condition.

High blood pressure, or hypertension as it is known, is the most commonly diagnosed primary condition in the United States. A primary condition is a disease or symptom to which others conditions may be secondary. High blood pressure may be an indicator for undiagnosed problems with the heart, the blood vessels, the kidneys, the eyes and other tissues. High blood pressure may also indicate the possibility of type II adult onset diabetes as 2/3 of patients with type II diabetes exhibit high blood pressure.
If your blood pressure is found to be elevated, we will usually refer you to your physician for further evaluation.

Will I have to wait in your waiting room for a long time before my appointment?2018-04-12T14:39:06-04:00

Generally, no. Most of the procedures that we do are routine and predictable. However, this is a vital and active practice, so occasionally situations arise and unforeseen circumstances are presented which require additional time to manage. So if in the unlikely event that we happen to be behind schedule when you are waiting to be seen, take comfort that we will not hurry through your procedure either!

Why doesn’t it hurt when you give me the Novocain?2018-04-12T14:39:07-04:00

Dr. Wollensak uses an anesthetic gel on your gum before administering the local anesthetic and has over thirty years of experience perfecting his technique delivering local anesthetic comfortably.

Is flossing really necessary?2018-04-12T14:39:07-04:00


Why do my teeth hurt when I drink cold water?2018-04-12T14:39:07-04:00

Sensitivity to cold or hot in otherwise healthy teeth usually stems from a small bit of the root surface being exposed at or above the gum line. If you are experiencing symptoms like this, please let us know because it can be easily treated and often taken care of at your routine visits.

How many times a year should I have my teeth cleaned?2018-04-12T14:39:07-04:00

Most people have their teeth cleaned every six months. However, some people need or want to have cleanings every three or four months.

What are your office hours?2018-04-12T14:39:07-04:00
The Barre office is open Monday thru Thursday 7:45-5:00
The Waterbury office is open Wednesday 7:45-5:00 and Friday 8:00 to noon as well as one or two Tuesdays each month with Dr. Joyce Barmore.
Do you offer payment plans?2018-04-12T14:39:07-04:00

We offer payment plans through Care Credit. You can apply online, or we can help you apply here at the office.

Learn more or apply online here.

Do you treat emergencies?2018-04-12T14:39:07-04:00

We see all kinds of emergencies. Toothaches, abscesses and the Traumatic loss and breakage of teeth. As well as broken dentures, crowns, and bridges. Emergency patients are almost always seen the same day that they call.

Do you see children?2018-04-12T14:39:07-04:00

Of course, we see children, we are a family practice.

Usually, we recommend the first visit for children as young as two years old. We try to make the first visit fun and rewarding for the child. Our goal during this visit is to do an examination, screen for any problems, polish the child’s teeth, educate the parent on caring for their child’s teeth, and provide a positive first dental visit for your child.

If your child is apprehensive, we do not force them to do anything they are not comfortable with. On this first visit, we reinforce the positive aspects of the visit and reward them with a prize and a new toothbrush.

How much will my insurance pay?2018-04-12T14:39:07-04:00

Different insurance plans pay different percentages on various procedures. Usually, you can find out from your insurance carriers website reimbursement levels. For specific cases, we can file a predetermination of benefits with your insurance company and get back exact details of your coverage.

Do you accept my insurance?2018-04-12T14:39:07-04:00

We except most commonly available types of dental insurance although there are some insurance programs that we do not participate in. Please contact us with information on your specific plan and we can give you a definite answer.

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