• Dr. Vallerie B. Kee

Need a referral? Here's what to do first ...

A patient may be referred to a specialist to improve the success of treatment in complicated and difficult cases. Often times a referral dramatically improves the sucess of dental procedures like root canals.

Think of a dental specialist like an endodontist as analogous to a primary care physician referring a patient to a dermatologist for a skin condition. While a primary care doctor has a some understanding of many skin conditions, a dermatologist specializes in the subject and has extra training and effective therapy to better handle difficult or rare conditions.


Nevertheless, it is very important to be prepared when you visit a specialist. Unlike your family dentist, you will bear a greater responsibility for making sure you are fully prepared. This means that you must be an informed patient in regards to your benefits (in-network/out of network), your financial responsibility, your documentation, appointments, and follow-up care.


  • Specialists often participate with only a select number of dental plans. This status can change rather quickly and it is always advisable to check before scheduling and at the time of appointment. Verify network status with your carrier.

  • Contact your carrier for the maximum allowed copay for your procedure so you know what to expect.

  • Remember: In-network specialists will provide you with the best cost-savings because you will not be balance billed. If you are going out of network, check that you have benefits and confirm the cost prior to service.


  • Ensure your referral and x-ray were received 48 hours prior to appointment

  • PLEASE DO NOT WAIT UNTIL YOUR APPOINTMENT DAY TO REQUEST DOCUMENTATION. Our office hours may not align with your appointment.

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