Questions About Dental Associates

Answers to Common Questions About Dental Associates

Does Dental Associates only have clinics in Wisconsin?
Yes, all of our clinics are in Wisconsin. However, our Kenosha clinic is near the Illinois border and we have many patients who find our savings and comprehensive care to be worth the short drive from Illinois cities in Lake County including Antioch, Lake Villa, Lindenhurst, Gurnee, Wadsworth, Winthrop Harbor, Zion, and Beach Park.

Where are Dental Associates dentist offices located?
We currently have dental clinics located throughout eastern Wisconsin, from Kenosha and Racine, up to the Milwaukee metro area, up to Fond du Lac, through Appleton and the Fox Valley and up to Green Bay. For detailed information about our clinic locations, please visit our Locations page.

Is Dental Associates accepting new patients?
Yes, our dentists and dental specialists are currently accepting new patients. Please use the Request an Appointment feature to get started! 

What insurance does Dental Associates accept?
For a list of dental insurance that we accept, please consult our Dental Insurance We Accept page. 

Will I see the same dentist on every visit to Dental Associates?
Yes! Your team starts with your general dentist, a hygienist, and support staff. These are the same friendly faces you'll see with each time you visit Dental Associates. Read our How Dental Associates Has Evolved page to see how we’ve changed over the years.

Are Dental Associates specialists like orthodontists in the same office as general dentists?
In most cases, yes, our specialists are in the same clinic as our general dentists. With a few of our smaller clinics, you will see a dentist at your primary clinic then travel to one of our nearby full-service clinics for specialty care. In either case, all treatments you receive from us are on your one Dental Associates account. Should you need more complex dental care, our dental specialists are available to consults with your dentist’s team. No more running all over town to get the specialized, expert dental care your family deserves. You won’t need to be referred to other providers or establish a new account with another provider.

Can my dentist treat me if I have a latex allergy?
Yes, your Dental Associates dentist and hygienist will take every precaution to accommodate you. Prior to seeing your dentist, your medical history will be reviewed to assure we take every precaution necessary to keep you safe.

Why do I need to share a complete medical history with my dentist?
During your first dental visit, your dentist will ask you for a thorough medical history, which typically is gathered during registration. Your medical history may include questions about lifestyle (such as smoking or involvement in high-risk sports) and family medical history. This history, combined with the results of your initial clinical examination, will help to assess your immediate dental care needs and recommend the best treatment approach. 

What kind of health information should I share with my dentist and how specific should I be?
Mention everything about your health, even if you don’t think it relates to your mouth. If you have had surgery or a major illness, be sure to include this information. Many diseases can have significant effects on your mouth and teeth, and researchers continue to discover ways in which oral health is related to overall health. For example, diabetes can increase the risk for periodontal disease. Also, periodontal disease or gum disease may adversely affect certain heart conditions.

How often should I update my medical history?
After your first visit, be sure to keep your dentist informed if there is a change in your current health status. Normally, the dentist will update your medical history at least every six to 12 months.  Let your dentist also know if you are pregnant, have developed allergies, have started any new prescription drugs, or are a smoker. Depending on your health status at the time of your visit, different treatment alternatives, or even delaying treatment may be recommended. 

Our dentists frequently work with medical specialists to confirm a healthy dentition prior to scheduled medical surgeries.

Dental anxiety and nervousness... can anything be done?
If you get nervous about a visit to the dentist, we can certainly help. First and foremost, know that you’re not alone and that we’ve treated many patients who were timid about their dentist visit. If you're tense or anxious it’s important that you tell your hygienist and dentist. Letting your dental team know about your nervousness will help your dentist adapt to your needs.

Please know that your team at Dental Associates will do everything possible to make your experience with us positive. With many of the advances in diagnosis and treatment in the recent past, dentistry has become more comfortable than ever. Read how we treat your dental anxiety or your child's dental anxiety.