Q. How often should I see a dentist?

A. The American Dental Association (ADA) guidelines recommend visiting a dentist at least twice a year for a checkup and professional cleaning. Our office also recommends a minimum of two visits per year, or depending on your condition, possibly 3-4 times per year.


Q. What should I expect during my appointment at Dr. Cowley's office?

A. One of our staff members will compile your medical and dental history during your first visit. We will then examine your teeth and gums, screen you for oral cancer, make X-rays of your teeth as needed and complete a TMJ (temporomandibular or jaw joint) exam. After we review your dental profile, we will discuss a diagnosis with you. If treatment such as a root canal (endodontics), braces (orthodontics) or oral surgery is needed, we will plan to treat you in our office or refer you to a specialist. We will discuss your options for treatment and fee payment and help you determine the best plan to fit your needs.


Following your initial visit, your regular follow-up visit will include: examination of your teeth and gums, screening for oral cancer, clean and scaling teeth and then we will make plans for treatment, as needed. We will discuss any pain or problems you may be experiencing and answer any questions you may have.


Q. What does “painless dentistry” mean?

A. Painless dentistry is a means of ensuring your total experience in our office is as stress-free and pain-free as possible. We will discuss treatment options that may require no local anesthetic and whenever possible, alleviate pain by the means most comfortable to you.


Q. What if I have an emergency?

A. Please call our office as soon as you determine that you have a dental emergency. We will be glad to work you in to our schedule if you have a dental emergency during regular business hours. After hours, over the weekend and during holidays, please call our office for the doctor’s emergency contact number.


Q. Can Dr. Cowley whiten my teeth?

A. There are several methods available for bleaching the teeth. We offer Tres White Supreme Bleaching with 10 sets of trays {$70} and we offer Custom Trays {$170}. We recommend custom trays so you are able to convieniently bleach at home with a perfect fitting tray. Fill the bleach tray with a small amount of bleaching gel and wear it for a set amount of time, depending on teeth sensitivity. You then continue to bleach for a series of days, until you reach your desired whiteness. After your first bleach session, touch-ups are needed every so often to maintain your beautiful white smile. We sell refill tubes of bleach in the office for $5 a tube. To achieve the whitening results you desire, the ADA recommends that you seek the professional advice of a dentist, including examination and diagnosis of the cause of tooth discoloration, before you begin any bleaching process.


Q. What if I have a gap in my teeth, a chipped tooth or teeth that do not respond to normal bleaching methods?

A.We have many different procedures that can help these problems. Porcelain veneers are designed to look like your natural teeth and are individually and permanently attached to the fronts of your existing teeth. Veneers can be positioned to close gaps. Bonding utilizes a composite material made of plastic to fill in areas of your teeth and correct chipping and shape problems. Both porcelain veneers and bonding are color-matched to the rest of your teeth.


Q. Are payment plans available for my dental treatment?

A. Yes. We accept many types of dental insurance and will process your claim for you upon receipt of your co-payment. We offer a low interest rate payment plans through Carecredit and also accept most major credit cards.


Q. Does Dr. Cowley accept my dental insurance plan?

A. Dr. Cowley will gladly "accept", or file a claim, any dental insurance plan that you or you family might have, but he is only a perferred provider for the plans listed below:

Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield of UT, Delta Dental, Humana, Select Health Dental, and United Concordia.

If your dental plan is not listed above, please contact our office or your dental insurance provider to see if you still have out-of-network benefits available through your plan. There are many dental plans that will still pay dental benefits, even if Dr. Cowley is not a preffered provider.