Welcome, New Patients!
Thank you for choosing to become Dr. Marvin’s patient at The Center for Natural Dentistry in Encinitas!
We have created this page to help you prepare for you first visit to see us. Below you will find all the documents you need to fill out before your first visit, answers to some of our most frequently asked questions, important documents that many of our patients request, and much more.
STEP 1: PAPER WORK
Before you visit for the first time, we need you to print the following forms, fill them in completely, and bring them with you to your first appointment. This is very important to our office. We DO NOT double-book appointments. We do everything in our power to see our patients on time, and this is a vital step. The paperwork can take as long as 20 minutes to fill in completely. By completing it ahead of time, you help us see you on time and allow other patients to be seen on time, as well. (For more information about arriving late or rescheduling an appointment, please see our Cancellation/No-Show Policy, below)
Cancellation / No-Show Policy: We do understand that things happen in life that may force you to change your plans. If an emergency arises that forces you to reschedule, we request that you let us know at least 48 hours in advance to allow another patient to be seen. If you do not show up for your appointment, show up more than 20 minutes late, or call less than 48 hours before your appointment, you will be charged a $50 cancellation/no-show fee. Please show us and all of our patients the same respect you would expect and make every effort to keep your appointment and arrive on time. Thank you
STEP 2: DIRECTIONS TO OUR DENTAL PRACTICE
To reach our practice, from Interstate 5:
- Exit Encinitas Blvd and head East
- Make a left turn on El Camino Real
- Turn up the steep driveway for 317 N El Camino Real (The building is on the hill. The sign at the street say El Camino Medical Dental)
- Park in the first spot you see. Our practice is is at the front corner of the first building at the top of the driveway.
For directions from anywhere else, please see the map, below:
STEP 3: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
QUESTION: Do You Take Insurance?
ANSWER: Yes and no. If you have a PPO or Indemnity plan that allows you to see the provider of your choice, we can probably help you with your insurance. To find out more about how we handle insurance and to see if you can use your insurance at our practice, please read our Insurance Guide. Regardless of your insurance situation, we require payment in advance for all services and, when applicable, we can help you maximize your reimbursement from your insurance company.
QUESTION: Do You Use Metals?
ANSWER: Not in the materials we use in your mouth. Some of our tools are metal, but none of the restorations we do contain metal. We can place metal-free, BPA-free composite fillings, metal-free crowns, metal-free bridges, and metal-free partial and full dentures. Onlays and inlays are also free from any metals.
QUESTION: What If I already Have Metal in My Mouth?
ANSWER: If you already have metal fillings or other metal restorations, we can safely remove the metals and replace them with metal-free, biocompatible materials on an as-needed basis. Not all mercury filling removals are the same (it can be a very dangerous procedure). We take extra precautions to keep you safe during the procedure, even going so far as to develop our own safe protocol that is above and beyond what is required (find out more about our Patient Protection Protocol for mercury filling removal here).
QUESTION: Are You More Expensive Than a “Traditional” Dentist?
ANSWER: Yes and no. We feel that our prices are commensurate with the quality and level of service you receive, and most of our patients would agree. While some of our services are more expensive than discount dental practices, we have also found that some of our services are less expensive. If you are shopping for your health based on price, we may not be the provider for you. But if you want safe, high quality dental care that can protect and improve your health, we believe you will find no better option than The Center for Natural Dentistry. Remember, just like in everything, you get what you pay for in dentistry. If you want cheap dental services, you can find it. If you want high quality work and top-notch services that gets the the root of your problems (preventing expensive future work), than you’ve come to the right place.
QUESTION: Who Does the Dental Work? Do You Have Associate Dentists or Hygienists?
ANSWER: Dr. Marvin and Dr. Godes do all your dental work, from exams and cleanings to extractions, bridges, and crowns. Dr. Marvin and/or Dr. Godes will be your dentist.
QUESTION: Can You Fix My Health Problems?
ANSWER: That’s a tricky question. We focus on getting to the root cause of your dental problems. During your first visit Dr. Marvin will conduct a thorough examination and begin to draw up a treatment plan based on what he found. We don’t try to hide or “mask” pain… we try to fix the problem that is causing the pain. For instance, if wisdom tooth hurts and you were told you need a root canal, we try to find out why that tooth hurts. Is it because of deep decay or is it because of the way you bite? A root canal will certainly eliminate the pain, but it may be unnecessary and may just be masking the root cause. The bottom line is this: we do everything we can to accurately diagnose and propose a treatment plan that will get you back on the path to complete oral wellness.
QUESTION: Are There Any Hidden Costs?
ANSWER: No. We do our best to outline all costs up front. The cost for your first visit should be outlined before you come in. If more diagnostics are necessary, we will let you know the cost before we proceed. Our treatment plans will outline everything we found and as many possible scenarios as we can find. In rare cases, we may find something after we begin treatment. We will do our best to always be up front and give you all associated costs and your options before proceeding.
QUESTION: What If I Have To Cancel or Reschedule My Appointment?
ANSWER: We do not double-book our appointments and many patients wait 2 weeks or more to come in for a visit. Out of respect for Dr. Marvin and his staff, along with the other patients who are waiting to come in, we request that you keep your appointment and show up on time. We do understand that things happen in life that may force you to change your plans. If an emergency arises that forces you to reschedule, we request that you let us know at least 48 hours in advance to allow another patient to be seen. If you do not show up for your appointment, show up more than 20 minutes late, or call less than 48 hours before your appointment, you will be charged a $50 cancellation/no-show fee. Please show us and all of our patients the same respect you would expect and make every effort to keep your appointment and arrive on time. Thank you.
STEP 4: VIDEOS
We believe the most overlooked item at other practices is education. Education is the key to making informed decisions and we want to provide you with every opportunity to educate yourself on your health before, during, and after your first appointment. One way we can do that is through videos. If you have the time, you may enjoy the video below.