FAQ’s

What are your office hours?

Greater Houston Dental Arts is open:

Monday: 9 AM - 6 PM

Tuesday: 7 AM - 3 PM

Wednesday: 8 AM - 5 PM

Thursday: 8AM - 5 PM

Friday: 1 PM - 7 PM

Saturday: By appointment only

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How do I schedule an appointment?

For your convenience, we offer the following methods to schedule your appointments:

  • Online scheduling: To request appointment availability, please click here to fill out the form. Our scheduling coordinator will contact you to confirm your appointment.
  • Call our office at 713-417-3327.
  • Email us at smiles@greaterhoustondentist.com with your preferred date or day of the week and time range, and our scheduling coordinator will contact you to confirm your appointment.

How often should I schedule regular check-ups?

The American Dental Association recommends twice-yearly exams and cleanings. Some people may need more frequent check-ups based on their dental needs. After your first exam, we’ll be able to determine the best frequency for your dental health.

What do I need to bring to my first appointment?

  • Completed new patient forms
  • Insurance card/information
  • Government-issued ID
  • List of current medications and medical conditions
  • X-rays taken in the last 6 months (if available)

What if I need to reschedule?

Please call our office at least 24 hours in advance of your appointment. We’ll work with you to help you find another date that fits your schedule to avoid our $50 “no show” or “late cancellation” fee.

What is your cancellation policy?

We understand that unforeseen situations may arise that are out of our control. If you miss an appointment, please call the office in a timely manner and we will be happy to assist you with rescheduling, in order to avoid our $50 “no show” or “late cancellation” fee.

What if I need emergency dental care?

If you have pain or an emergency situation, every attempt will be made to see you within 24 hours. If you need urgent dental care after our office hours, please call the office and you will be directed to our after-hours helpline.

Treatments

What services do you provide?

Greater Houston Dental Arts provides Orthodontic (braces, clear braces, lingual braces, and Invisalign), Periodontic and Implant (and adjunctive surgery) procedures. Please click our Services tab for more details.

What happens during my first visit?

We will conduct a thorough examination on your first visit to determine the best course of action to achieve dental, periodontal and orthodontic health and your goals. We will:

  • Take full mouth x-rays to identify any current problems and to use as a baseline on future visits to detect early signs of problems.
  • Assess gum condition and health.
  • Teeth should be assessed for cavities with your general dentist (If you do not have a general dentist, Dr. Younus will be delighted to introduce you to some.)
  • Perform a head and neck exam, including salivary glands and lymph nodes, for swelling or other abnormalities.
  • Screen for oral cancer and TMJ (jaw joint).
  • Determination and discussion of orthodontic and/or periodontic treatment needs.

Why do I need to discuss my medical conditions with the dentist?

Many health conditions are indicated in the mouth and can affect oral health, so your medical information is very important in diagnosing issues with your teeth, gums, and mouth.

Are X-Rays necessary?

Absolutely! Dental X-Rays are essential preventative and diagnostic tools. Many oral conditions occur between teeth or under the gums or bones, undetectable by the human eye, and may have no early signs or symptoms. Left untreated, these conditions can create serious dental and general health problems, including loss of teeth and heart problems. Early detection with X-Rays can make treatment much less painful, faster, and less expensive. The American Dental Association recommends getting a full series every three years.

At Greater Houston Dental Arts, we use the latest radiographic techniques to minimize the amount of radiation and follow the ALARA (as low as reasonably achievable) principle, as recommended by the American Dental Association.

Children

When should I start cleaning and brushing my child’s teeth?

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, you should begin cleaning your child’s gums with a soft cloth soon after birth. As soon as the first tooth appears, start brushing twice daily with a soft infant toothbrush and just a smear of toothpaste. When you come in for your child’s first visit, we’ll show you how to brush properly.

At what age should I schedule my child’s first visit?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends visiting the dentist as soon as the first tooth appears, or by the child’s first birthday. We can look for potential problems and help your child get to know us as their friend. These early visits can make your child’s experience with a dentist a positive one.

Can my teenager come alone to the appointment?

Please note that patients under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all visits. We want to meet with both of you to discuss findings and treatments, and to address your questions and concerns.

Invisalign/Braces

When should my child first see the orthodontist?

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, each child should first see the orthodontist at the age of 7 to assess the eruption of permanent teeth and ensure early intervention to prevent major problems with dentofacial development in the future.

Can I use my aligners as bleaching trays for my teeth?

Invisalign/aligners are used to straighten your teeth, which means they are made to fit snug around your teeth. Bleaching trays, on the other hand, are made to have room for bleaching gel. Applying bleaching gel to your aligners may cause the material to be pushed out and onto the soft tissues in your mouth, causing irritation. Therefore, we DO NOT recommend using aligners as bleaching trays.

How often do I need to see the orthodontist?

During active orthodontic treatment, it is recommended to see the orthodontist every 4-8 weeks. The orthodontist will suggest the interval. Once orthodontic treatment is complete, we recommend seeing the orthodontist once a year, along with seeing your general dentist and hygienist at least twice a year (or more, as recommended by the dentist). We LOVE seeing our patients for years after they are done with treatment!

What happens once orthodontic treatment is complete?

Once orthodontic treatment is complete, we recommend seeing the orthodontist once a year, along with seeing your general dentist and hygienist at least twice a year (or more, as recommended by the dentist).

Sedation

What types of sedation do you use?

Many dental procedures can be completed under local anesthesia. However, to help more anxious patients relax, or for more complex procedures, oral sedation, inhalation sedation and IV sedation (under the supervision of a board-certified anesthesiologist) are available.

What is Novocaine?

The most common anesthesia, Novocaine works by blocking the nerve that supplies sensation to the teeth in a specific area. You feel no pain during the procedure and are totally alert, aware, and able to function normally. The effect wears off fairly quickly with no side effects.

What is Inhalation Sedation?

Known as nitrous oxide or “laughing gas,” you’ll experience a feeling of euphoria after just 2-3 minutes of breathing in the gas. You’ll be aware of your surroundings and able to respond to questions. Inhalation sedation has very few side effects and is eliminated from the body within 3 to 5 minutes after the gas supply is stopped.

What is Oral Sedation?

This general anesthetic allows you to be conscious but relaxed during treatment. We prescribe medication to be taken before your appointment(under the doctor’s supervision), allowing you to be fully relaxed by the time we begin your dental treatment. You may not be safe to drive, so you should expect to have someone bring you to our office, stay at the office during the procedure and take you home after your appointment.

What is IV Sedation?

These drugs are administered into the bloodstream, allowing you to relax in a semi-conscious state with little or no memory of the treatment. You will not be safe to drive, so you should expect to have someone bring you to our office, stay at the office during the procedure and take you home after your appointment.

Financial

What payment options do you offer?

Greater Houston Dental Arts offers several payment options:

  • Cash, check or credit card at time of service.
  • Payment plans – For major treatments, we will work with you to develop a payment plan.
  • Insurance – For your convenience, we will submit your insurance claims. All co-pays are due at the time of service in the form of cash, check or credit card.

Do you require payment at the time of the visit?

If you have PPO insurance, only your estimated portion of the fees will be required at the time of service. For best service, please call in advance regarding your insurance information so it can be verified for an accurate estimation of your payment

Do you accept insurance?

Please contact our office to verify we are an accepted provider for your insurance plan.

Do you offer financing options?

Yes, we offer both short-term, interest-free financing and longer-term financing with low monthly payments. We will be happy to work with you to find the best payment option for you!

Do you offer treatment discounts?

As a form of gratitude to patients that are referred by current patients of the office, we offer a discount to both.

We also offer a discount for full or early payment of treatment that is otherwise part of a payment plan (ie. braces and Invisalign®)

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At Greater Houston Dental Arts, we make it convenient to plan your visit. Click the link to request your appointment time that fits your busy schedule. We can’t wait to see you.

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