1. Do I need to arrive early for my first appointment?
Yes. You will need at least 10 to 15 minutes to fill out any applicable patient forms before seeing Dr. Sandefer.
2. Is there anything in particular that I must bring with me on my first appointment?
Before you visit our San Antonio family dentist, please ensure that you have the following with you:
- Your Dental Insurance Card (if applicable)
- Your Driver’s License, State ID, or Military ID
- Your Patient Information Form
- Your Patient Authorization Form
- Your Patient Health History Form
- A HIPAA Consent Form
3. How long will my appointment last?
Generally, your first appointment with Dr. Sandefer will last between an hour to an hour and a half.
4. Is the dentist in your office licensed?
Not only is Dr. Kevin Sander licensed, but he has also served the communities of Shavano Park, Castle Hills, and other communities from all over San Antonio for over 15 years.
Before that, he got his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science at Texas A&M, completed his coursework at the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Dentistry in San Antonio, and later finished his General Dentistry residency.
In between all of his schooling, Dr. Sandefer was also promoted to Dental Director of the Community Health Center in San Antonio.
5. How can we reach you? Where are you located?
Alon Dental Care can be reached at (210) 979-0707. Our office is located at 10003 Military Hwy, Suite 3209 in San Antonio, TX, 78231.
Our hours of operation on Monday through Wednesday are between 8 am and 5 pm, and on Thursday, we are open between 9 am and 2 pm. We are closed on Fridays.
6. How many times a year should I visit Alon Dental Care for a check-up?
It is generally thought that you should only see a dentist when something regarding your oral health is troubling you; however, that couldn’t be any further from the case. Of course, the condition of your overall oral health will determine how many times you should see a dentist.
That said, typically a minimum of two routine check-ups a year can help keep your oral health in tip-top shape, preventing oral disease and conditions (e.g. tooth decay, periodontal diseases, oral cancers) before they happen and saving you money in the long run from costly dental procedures and treatments.
7. I have dentures. Why do I need to see a dentist?
While patients who use dentures generally don’t have to worry about tooth decay, there are a few other things that they must keep an eye on. Mouth sores can still manifest and cause irritation and pain. Dentures may break and need to be refitted. Oral cancer screenings will still need to be performed to ensure that it is caught before it becomes problematic.
All in all, it is still recommended that those who wear dentures visit Alon Dental Care at least once a year for a check-up.
8. Why do I need a mouthguard?
Mouthguards aren’t just for sports anymore. While they do protect the teeth of those in a contact sport, they also protect your teeth from you.
Stress can cause a person to grind their teeth–knowingly or unknowingly. In time and if left unchecked, teeth grinding can cause dental fractures, chipped teeth, and inflammation of the temporomandibular joint.
A custom-fitted mouthguard can, essentially, protect your teeth from grinding down due to stress.
9. What options do I have if I want to change the shape of my teeth?
At Alon Dental Care, we have several options for you should you want to alter the shape of your teeth that have been affected by tooth decay, trauma, or other dental complications.
- Veneers – Thin slivers of either porcelain or layers of composite resin are applied to the front surface of unsightly teeth, giving them a cleaner, straighter appearance.
- Cosmetic Bonding – Cosmetic bonding applies a white enamel-like filling material to a cracked, decayed, or crooked tooth to improve the look and function of the tooth.
- Dental Implants – Should you be missing a tooth, a dental implant and crown can be placed as a substitute, with the look and feel of a real tooth.
Learn more about how we can help you based on your specific circumstances by contacting us at (210) 979-0707 today.
10. How can I brighten up my smile?
We have plenty of teeth whitening options available to you, depending on your preferences:
Sapphire In-Office Whitening – A safe and innovative light treatment combined with bleaching gels that are done chairside.
Custom Tray Bleaching – The dentist creates an impression of your teeth, creating a tray that is given to the patient with a take-home whitening kit.
Opalescence Treswhite® Supreme – A sort of “one size fits all” bleaching tray that is simple to use, effective, and economical.
11. Are silver amalgams safe?
Yes, amalgam fillings are indeed safe. Through much research, these amalgam fillings have been found to be safe and effective at long-term tooth decay treatment.
Let us know what kind of dental work you need done. Contact us at (210) 979-0707 for your initial consultation today.