PROSPECTIVE PATIENT INFORMATION
Thank you for your interest in becoming a patient at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine (SDM). As a patient you will make an important contribution to the education of our student dentists. Prior to acceptance we require prospective patients to proceed through a ‘New Patient Screening Appointment.’
Application and screening do not guarantee acceptance. Many factors influence your acceptance into our educational program including but not limited to: the current condition of your oral health and your availability. Once we receive your completed application a staff member from Patient Admissions will contact you within 5 days to schedule an appointment.
WHY MUST I COMPLETE THE APPLICATION BEFORE AN APPOINTMENT WILL BE SCHEDULED?
Due to the economical value and the high quality of dental services offered at UB Dental, there is often a waiting list to become screened and accepted as a patient. Obtaining all required documentation prior to the screening will help streamline your visit.
HOW MUCH IS THE SCREENING AND WHY IS ONE REQUIRED?
A non-refundable fee of $54.00 has been set to cover the cost of establishing a patient record, processing the information, the initial evaluation and a panoramic radiograph (x-ray), if needed. If current x-rays of good quality have been received prior to your New Patient Screening Appointment, you may not require the panoramic x-ray. Please make check or money order payable to “UB School of Dental Medicine”. Individuals with Medicaid insurance are NOT required to pay the fee; however, you must provide us with enough information to determine your Medicaid eligibility. Fees are subject to change at any time.
FAILURE TO BRING MEDICAID CARD OR PAY SCREENING FEE WILL RESULT IN HAVING TO RESCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN AT THE SCREENING APPOINTMENT?
Your screening appointment will consist of the following: 1) A student dentist and faculty member will review your medical and dental health history forms that are to be completed by you prior to your appointment. 2) A preliminary assessment of your current dental condition will be completed. 3) Radiographs (x-rays) may be ordered, unless you have already submitted current x-rays with your application. 4) Photo I.D. will be required at the screening appointment, and may also be requested at any other time. Please remember to bring this document with you to your scheduled appointment. This is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission Red Flags Rule (16 CFR 681.2). 5) You will receive a complimentary toothbrush and floss.
Patients who do not qualify to participate in our clinical educational program will be notified. We regret that all patients screened cannot be accepted for dental care. Your treatment may be too complex for student dentists and may be best managed by a private dentist or your availability may not match that of our clinic schedule.
DENTAL TREATMENT FEES: HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
The fees charged are substantially less than the cost of care from a private dentist. The fees for treatment being provided by students are 1/3 to 2/3s lower than in private practice. For patients with advanced dental needs, it may become necessary to refer all or some of your treatment to one of the post-graduate or specialized clinics. Fees for treatment in the advanced clinics are higher than those offered in the student (pre-doctoral) dental clinics, because the providers are graduate dentists working either toward a specialized degree or gaining additional experience in a general dentistry setting. You will be informed if all or part of your dental care requires referral to one of these clinics. Your estimated fees will be presented to you along with a treatment plan before any substantial treatment has begun. Because the SDM is a New York State educational institution, payment plans cannot be offered and payment is required at time of service.
If you are a Medicaid recipient, please be aware that Medicaid does not cover all dental procedures. Once accepted as a registered patient, you should discuss all planned treatment with your assigned student so that Medicaid coverage can be determined before treatment begins.
HOW LONG ARE APPOINTMENTS?
Since the SDM is a teaching facility, the length of your appointments and overall treatment will likely take longer than it would from a private dentist. High standards are required of our student dentists, and our clinical faculty continually evaluate the student’s abilities and skills. Treatment at the SDM typically progresses more slowly and requires more frequent visits. Therefore, you should expect to spend approximately 3 hours per appointment. This attention to detail requires more of your time, but assures you of quality dental care.
If your schedule is such that it is difficult for you to come frequently and stay for the rather lengthy appointments often required, then you should consider seeking care from another dental provider.
MY CHILDREN NEED DENTAL CARE, WHO CAN I CONTACT?
The UB School of Dental Medicine has a Pediatric Dental Department, which specializes in dental care for toddlers, children and adolescents (ages 0-17). This department handles their own screening appointments and you may contact them directly for additional information at (716) 829-2723.
MY CHILDREN MAY NEED BRACES, WHO CAN I CONTACT?
The School of Dental Medicine has an Orthodontic Department, which specializes in correcting problems associated with spacing and crowding of teeth. This department offers screening at various times of the year. For acceptance into their clinics, you may contact them directly for additional information at (716) 829-2845.
Clinic hours are 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday. Clinics are closed weekends and some holidays that are recognized by the University.
Questions regarding the application process can be directed to Patient Admissions at (716) 829-2732.