Why Pay For Private Treatment?
You, as a patient and a customer have a choice for your smile:
NHS Dentist? Local Private Dentist? Speciality Dentist?
Then What Reason Would You Have to Choose Us?
We spend as much time as possible with you, our patient, to make sure that we work towards giving you the smile you have always wanted, without the rush that is often found in other practices. Our shortest appointment is 30 minutes to ensure you have time to feel 100% confident with your options, and treatment is carried out correctly.
We are able to use the best materials and techniques and all our dentists spend time undergoing constant training and peer review to provide the best care possible.
We also work on a 100% pay as you go system, so there are no signup costs or compulsory monthly payments making paying for your treatment as transparent and simple as possible. You only pay for what you have.
You Pay for Quality
Our dentists have have all worked in various practices, some NHS funded and others private.
Over the years we have come to believe that the setting of "catch all" fee scales stifles creativity and individuality and limits what a dentist can do in the time available. If a simple white filling takes 10 minutes to place it should cost less than a complicated restoration that taking three times as long.
Conversely, a well crafted crown of beautiful aesthetics containing precious metals should cost more than the basic crown produced under the National Health Service fee scale.
It may cost more but you are not comparing like with like. Here you will get value for money: private dentistry at our practices simply allows us to collect an appropriate fee for a quality job.
We take a high degree of professional pride in what we do. We aim to produce the highest standards of dental care possible and our fees necessarily reflect this fact without, we hope, being unreasonable.
How Much Will It All Cost
Patients are often frightened about the potential costs of treatment. At both our practices, we will discuss these with you before we start and if you want, present you with a copy of the estimate.
There will NEVER be any hidden costs.
We suggest that the most important treatments are carried out first: normally those procedures are restorative and protect the health of yourself and your mouth. These are often the least expensive treatments.
Once completed, you and your dentist can talk about other treatments that you may find of benefit and how these can be staged to meet your financial convenience.
This may include more complex treatments that other dental surgeries are normally unable to offer. These include treatments under dental sedation, placement of dental implants and straightening of crooked or misaligned teeth by orthodontics (including Invisalign clear braces).
You may even wish to consider cosmetic dentistry including safe and reliable teeth whitening to get the great smile you deserve.
For all other costs please call us on 01646 690580 and we would be happy to give you an estimate.
We now have finance available. Please ask your dentist about 12, 18 and 36 month loans if this interests you. These are very competitive and we as a dental practice do not make any profit from these. We only offer them to help you.
Actual treatment costs are variable depending on treatment complexity and materials used. Long price lists are therefore misleading and are best discussed with the dentist when he or she talks to you about your treatment needs or expectations.
Dental Plans and Insurance
We have deliberately steered away from Plan providers such as Denplan, DPAS or Practice Plan who take a monthly premium based on expected treatment need rather than actual treatment required.
This is a form of capitation insurance based on a dentist's opinion of your future 'need' and does not cover the many complex treatments we offer here at either Herbrandston or Narberth.
Recently we have found that many of our patients would like known costs spread throughout the year - including check ups, hygiene appointments, x-rays and the like.
As a result we have introduced our own membership program where patients can elect to join at a level that suits them (Bronze, Silver or Gold) and have these benefits plus many more for a fixed monthly sum.
Our suggestion is that if you wish actual dental insurance (as opposed to the above detailed capitation plans) there are many professional policies such as those produced by BUPA, HSA, Tesco etc. These seem to offer far better value than capitation providers without financially benefiting the dentist.
Note: Most insurance policies, like most dental plans, only pay out for future treatments once you have had a course of dental treatment completed. If you do not have existing plans or insurance and present at a dentist with problems these will not be covered by any new policies taken out. There premiums are often based on dental treatment history.
Through working with a 3rd Party, we are able to offer short term dental finance.
It is designed to offer a simple way to take the stress out of paying for large treatments, allowing you to spread the cost over 12, 18 or 36 months.
We work in tandem with one of the leading lenders of dental finance, Finance 4 Patients, so you can be sure that borrowing is simple and affordable
How Does It Work?
Legally, we can only act as a credit broker: to put you in contact with a respected lender who then performs the appropriate credit checks to ensure you are eligible for finance. It is they who determine whether you will receive finance.
All checks are done through simple on-line applications making the process easy and secure.
You may apply to borrow between £250 and £25,000 with repayment terms being over 12, 18 or 36 months at your discretion. You also have the option to pay back the loan early should you wish to.
How To Apply?
It is easy to apply and your options can be discussed with your dentist, or their supporting staff, to make sure you are 100% certain of the type of finance you would like to take.
The application process is via a simple web form. Once completed your application will then be processed. You are able to complete this forms at your leisure and there is no commitment to borrow.
Simply speak to a member of out team who would be happy to guide you through the process.
A Point To Note
As you can imagine we are limited to the number of patients we can see in a day - we always leave plenty of time to ensure your treatment is carried out to the best possible standard.
This means that you may sometimes have to wait a short period of time to be seen if a problem arises. We apologise if this happens.
Conversely, because we do not overbook (as is the case with many other dentists), that appointment is yours without fear that you will be rushed. This means that, should you not turn up for an appointment (and fail to give us a full working day's notice) we will have to apply a fee. This is because we are required to cover our fixed overheads. This is currently £1 for every minute missed (£30 for a 30 minute appointment).
Remember by failing to turn up to an appointment you are denying someone else's chance of treatment and it will cost you money.
Terms of Payment
The practice works on a pay as you go system, meaning that you only ever pay for the treatment you receive. This also means that all payment is due on the day of its completion, unless otherwise discussed with the Dental Team.
With larger items of treatment we are always happy to help negotiate payment over a length of time prior to completion, with the final balance required on your final appointment.
Please also be aware that as of 2011 and the discontinuation of the cheque guarantee card we no longer accept cheques as a valid form of payment, unless previously discussed with a member of the Dental Team.
Additionally, any delay of payment without reasonable justification may incur an interest penalty on the outstanding balance at the practices discretion.
In the absence of prior written agreement to the contrary, payment of our charges is required on receipt of our invoice.
Failure to make payment within 28 days of the due date may result in the matter being referred to P&J CDS our debt collection agents whose charges will be added to and payable with the invoice debt.