Can you see the dentist when you need to, and schedule appointment times convenient for you?
Dentists participating in closed panel or capitation plans may have select hours to see plan patients. They may schedule appointments for these patients on given days, or at specified hours of the day, restricting your access.
Some dentist’s fees for seeing you on weekends or during emergencies are high than those the plan allows. You may be required to pay additional costs yourself. If you select these types of plans, have a clear understanding of your dentist’s policies as well as the plan’s dentist-to-patient ratio. It’s the best way to ensure your access to care is not unduly restricted and that you are not surprised by higher fees the plan does not cover.