Do you accept new patients?
Absolutely! We have four dentists practicing at our clinic and all four welcome new patients of all ages. At your first appointment as a new patient it is generally best to have a complete exam so that our team can develop a complete picture of your oral health needs. Together with your dentist, you will discuss and develop a treatment plan. Once your questions have been addressed and your options discussed in detail, subsequent appointments for accomplishing your treatment plan are laid out step-by-step for you.
How soon can I be seen for an examination?
All four of our dentists are accepting new patients and should be able to see you for a check-up within one week of contacting our office.
How soon can I book for a cleaning?
We employ five hygienists in our office and are dedicated to providing continuing care in the form of 4, 6, or 12 month cleanings for our patients. We will do our best to secure you a spot in our hygiene schedule as soon as you request an appointment. If your schedule is very flexible, appointments could be available within a week due to cancellations.
If you wish to be seen sooner, we can generally fit you in to have a complete examination and consult with one of our four dentists and the cleaning can be scheduled for a later date.
How soon can I be seen for an emergency?
If you are experiencing a dental emergency (severe pain, infection, trauma, etc.), we always strive to accommodate you on the day you contact us. We will be certain to provide relief of your pain or infection at this appointment, however your definitive treatment may need to be rescheduled for a later date if we do not have the time to complete it that day.
Do you direct bill?
As a courtesy, our office submits your insurance claims electronically. It is your responsibility to complete the payment in full for the services we provide on the day of treatment.
Your insurance benefits are the result of a contract between you and your insurance company. Souris Dental is not a part of that contract and therefore obtaining reimbursement from your insurance company will be up to you.
How many times per year should I have my teeth cleaned?
It is recommended by the Canadian Dental Association that you have your teeth cleaned twice per year. In select situations when the gum and bone are deteriorating around the teeth, it may be suggested that you attend more frequently than this. Most insurance providers will cover two cleanings per year, however few individuals take advantage of these benefits.
Can I have a cleaning or dental work if I am pregnant?
Yes. Pregnancy is not a contraindication to cleaning or dental work (fillings, root canals, etc.). It is however, safest to complete these treatments in the second trimester of pregnancy. If you are pregnant or expecting, we ask that you please inform us prior to undergoing any treatment.
What age do I bring my child for their first visit?
The Canadian Dental Association recommends that children be seen within 6 months of the eruption of their first tooth or by one year of age. At our office, this visit is known as a “Happy Visit” and there is no fee for this initial consultation. Realistically, it can be difficult to get a great view of a child’s teeth when they are only a year old, but much can be gained at this visit regardless by discussing the habits you should be developing for your little one’s teeth to ensure they remain healthy in the future.
Why should my child get their baby teeth repaired when they will eventually fall out anyways?
Children can suffer pain and infection from cavities in their teeth that can be very debilitating. In addition, if a tooth is lost prematurely, it can lead to a loss of space for the permanent teeth. If this occurs, children may need select adult teeth removed in the future to regain space, or they may develop a crowded dentition that can be both aesthetically unpleasing and difficult to clean. Premature loss of teeth can also make chewing and speaking more challenging for your child which can negatively impact their growth and development.
My teeth and gums feel fine, why should I come for a check-up?
Dental conditions, like cavities for example, are often painless until they are advanced to a stage where a filling may no longer be an option. Treatments at that point are often more involved, time-consuming, and costly to do. Prevention and early detection of dental conditions will help ensure that you can keep your teeth and smile looking great for years to come.
Are dental X-rays safe?
Our dentists and hygienists gain a tremendous amount of information from x-rays (radiographs) that help ensure you receive the best care possible. All of our imaging equipment is digital which allows us to use very low doses of radiation (about 80% less than the old style film radiographs).
We are naturally exposed to radiation every day from the environment around us (sunshine for example). A full set of radiographs for a complete exam would be the equivalent to a day of natural background radiation.
Do you do in-office sedation (for kids and/or adults)?
In Office: We offer oral conscious sedation for adults in our office. This is a safe method of sedation where you are generally awake and aware during your treatment, but you feel more relaxed. If you think this option may be best for you, please ask our dentists and they will be happy to explore this option further with you.
Weyburn General Hospital: We do not sedate children in our office but do make trips a couple times per month to the Weyburn General Hospital where many children receive robust dental care via general anesthesia. This option allows us to resolve any pain and/or infection from cavities by treating the entire mouth in one sitting while a child is asleep. Our wait times for children requiring this service are generally only a month or two. If your child is on a long waiting list elsewhere or you feel they may require a significant amount of dental work, please call us and book a consultation.
Do you do braces or Invisalign?
Our dentists are not specialist orthodontists, but they do have additional orthodontic training which allows them to diagnose many orthodontic problems. Most cases can be treated with braces or clear aligners by our dentists in our office, however certain cases may be best suited for treatment by an orthodontic specialist (located in Regina). We generally book a consult with you to discuss your options, then we collect orthodontic records (photos, impressions, radiographs, etc). Once we have a chance to review these records in detail, we have a second consult to discuss our findings in addition to your treatment options.
Do you place implants?
Dr. Satre is trained to place implants and presently treats many cases each year. Implants can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple missing teeth, or to anchor dentures in place. If you wish to learn more, we recommend you call to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists to see if implants are a viable option for you.
Do I need to have my wisdom teeth removed?
Maybe. This is a decision that is based on many factors and can only be recommended after an examination with one of our dentists. Even though they may not be bothering you, wisdom teeth in many cases can lead to pain or infection if they are left in place without adequate space to erupt properly into the mouth. To reduce the likelihood of complications from the removal of a wisdom tooth, it is important that they be assessed and potentially removed before their roots are fully developed. Once a dentist has assessed your wisdom teeth, they will either recommend monitoring them, removing them in our office, or sending you to the oral surgeon (in Regina) to have the extractions completed.
Can you treat snoring/sleep apnea?
Our dentists are trained to recognize signs of possible sleep apnea and can refer you for a free sleep test, which is completed over two evenings in your own home. The results of your test will indicate whether a dental appliance could help you breathe better while sleeping, or whether you may need something more, such as a CPAP machine.
How important is it to have infected teeth or gums treated?
In most healthy individuals, the immune system will contain a dental infection, however any infection in the mouth can quickly develop into something more serious. If you have pain or swelling it would be wise to see one of our dentists as soon as possible.
My gums are bleeding, is this a problem?
Bleeding after brushing or flossing means that you have a condition called gingivitis. This is a condition caused by build-up on the teeth called plaque or tartar. Bleeding is a sign that you need to clean better or in some instances, can also indicate a more concerning condition known as periodontitis. Periodontitis is a condition that leads to the breakdown of bone around the teeth. If you notice your gums are bleeding we would advise that you call to schedule an exam and cleaning.