FAQ

FAQ

As a family dentist in Clackamas, our team at Sunnyside Dentistry strives to provide our patients with only the latest and most advanced dental care possible. We understand that you have a lot of options when searching for a local dentist office, that’s why we always make the comfort and care of patients our top priority.

It’s not uncommon for many first-time and returning patients to have questions about visiting our Clackamas dental office. To help you better manage and prepare for the quality oral care you require, here are some answers to a few questions we’re commonly asked by patients.

Where are you located?

We’re conveniently located at 14210 SE Sunnyside Rd. Suite 200 in scenic Clackamas, Oregon. If you’d like more detailed directions, please click here for a map and driving directions.

What are your hours?

You can find Drs. Dick Hikade and his daughter Brooke Hikade-Wyatt happily treating patients during the following hours:

  • Monday: 8am to 5pm
  • Tuesday – Thursday: 7am to 3pm
  • Friday: Closed

What dental insurances do you accept?

We happily accept a wide range of dental insurance plans, and will always do our best to help patients maximize their benefits. Sunnyside Dentistry is a preferred provider with Delta Dental plans, Washington Dental Service, and Moda. For additional information on the types of insurance we accept, and to find out what treatments your plan will cover, please feel free to contact our office at 503-558-9828 and a member of our front office staff will be happy to assist you.

What options do you offer for patients without insurance?

Our team at Sunnyside Dentistry remains committed to providing affordable dental care to all of our patients, with insurance or without. For patients not currently covered under a dental plan, we offer special introductory offers and will work with you to help fit the dental care you need into any budget.

How often should I schedule dental appointments?

At Sunnyside Dentistry, we recommend that patients schedule regular exams and cleanings once every six months, or twice a year. Patients with certain underlying medical conditions like diabetes or who are pregnant may need to schedule exams more frequently as their current oral health dictates.

Regular exams allow our dentists the opportunity to spot the signs of dental decay and disease early one while still easily treatable. Frequent cleanings provide our team of gentle dental hygienists with the chance to remove plaque deposits from the surface of your teeth and along the gum line before they can contribute to the development of cavities and gum disease.

As a new patient, can I get a cleaning during my first visit?

During your first visit to see our family dentist in Clackamas, we will take the time to thoroughly assess the current state of your oral health. Your first appointment will typically include a full series of digital X-rays, a periodontal evaluation, and a comprehensive dental exam performed by a dentist. This will provide our staff with the information needed to develop a custom treatment planned designed to meet your oral care needs.

We will do our best to complete a cleaning during your first appointment, but depending on how long it’s been since your last cleaning, the condition of your teeth may necessitate a second appointment to complete your cleaning.

How safe are dental X-rays?

Whether from our appliances at home or from a trip to the doctor’s office, radiation exposure should never be taken lightly. Fortunately, the field of dentistry has advanced in recent years to further protect patient’s health. From highly targeted X-ray technology to high speed X-ray film that requires shorter exposure times, the amount of radiation patients are exposed to during dental X-rays pose no health risk.

In fact, a recent policy change issued by Oregon’s Center for Health Protection, Radiation Protection Services (RPS) no longer requires the use of a lead apron during dental X-rays. For more information on this policy change and what it could mean for your health and comfort, we encourage you to click here.

What types of dental services do you provide?

Dr. Dick Hikade, Dr. Brooke Hikade-Wyatt and our team at Sunnyside Dentistry specialize in complete general and cosmetic dentistry services designed to help your entire family maintain optimum dental health for a lifetime. Our comprehensive general dental care services and treatments include everything from preventative services – such as dental exams and cleanings – to cosmetic treatments and tooth repair.

I have a fear of the dentist. How can you help?

If the idea of visiting our Clackamas dental office causes you unwanted stress and anxiety, know that you’re not alone. Between 9 to 15 percent of Americans report avoiding the dentist due to dental anxiety. To help you overcome this phobia, we encourage you to speak with our dentists. Together, we’ll be able to address your dental anxiety so that you feel more comfortable and relaxed during your next appointment.

 

 

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