Schedule Now to use Your Benefits!

2020 has been quite a year!  Covid 19 shut us down for 3 months, which took away 3 months from you to use your dental benefits.  The end of the year is fast approaching, and we want to make sure you get in and get your dental needs taken care of. 

Many things have changed, one thing that remains the same is our commitment to your safety.  On top of all the infection control protocols we have always had in place, we have implemented a few more to make your trip to the dental office even safer.  Just a  few of the new protocols are:

  • We continue to do daily temperature checks and a health assessment for team member and patients. 
  • Team members and patients are required top wear face masks when not receiving dental treatment.
  • Lobby, handrails, and doorknobs are disinfected multiple times a day.
  • You may not recognize us, but that is your regular dental provider under all those layers!  Team members are now wearing N95 masks, face shield, gowns and caps. 
  • Air purifiers were put in EVERY operatory room.
  • Patients are asked to rinse with a peroxide solution and wash your hands before every procedure.

Good dental health is a vital part of your overall health.  Now, more than ever having good health is important.  Make an appointment today to ensure you can receive treatment before the end of the year, and that your benefits are not forfeited.  You pay for those benefits and we urge you to use them!

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Safely Serving You!

We hope this finds you and your family in good health. We realize that the COVID-19 outbreak has created a level uncertainty as we all head towards a “new normal”.  While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for Valley Dental Group and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office reviews infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and closely adhere to each agencies’ recommendations as best possible given this evolving environment. 

We wanted to share some other changes we are making to reassure you that your safety is our #1 priority. 

  • We have temporarily turned off our electronic appointment confirmations. When we call you to confirm your appointment, we will have a series of questions that we will ask prior to your visit. These questions are from the American Dental Association.
  • We are checking temperatures of our team members and patients daily.
  • A second series of questions will be asked at check-in and a consent to treat will be signed.
  • We will ask you to swish with a peroxide solution and wash your hands prior to being seen by the Provider.
  • We ask that patients and guests wear a face mask while in the practice. If you do not have a mask, you will be provided a mask.
  • Our waiting rooms will have a reduced and limited capacity to ensure proper social distancing. You will find social distancing markers in the practice to assist us all in this effort
  • All magazines and child play areas have been removed, as well as the coffee station.
  • We would ask you to attend the appointment by yourself to reduce office congestion unless you are accompanying a child, a person with disabilities, etc.
  • The lobby will be disinfected every 60 minutes and an even more rigorous disinfection process will be implemented in the treatment rooms after each use.
  • Our Providers will all be wearing proper Personal Protective Equipment consistent with any new guidelines. Depending on your procedure you may see your Provider wearing a face shield and gown in addition to their mask and googles.
  • If you are considered “high risk”, have flu like symptoms, shortness of breath, recent loss of taste/smell, have traveled  in the past 14 days to any regions affected by COVID-19, and/or  have a fever greater than 100, please contact the practice prior to your appointment.

We miss our patients greatly and cannot wait to see your smiling faces soon!

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Social Responsibility

Social Responsibility is important to us.   Valley Dental Group feels a commitment to our community.  We put an effort towards being engaged and give back when we can.  In addition to attending Health fairs, Collecting Gifts for Seniors every year, participating in local fun activities like the Golden Valley parade, donating dental supplies to organizations, we also give back in other ways. 

Syngenta Health Fair

On January 18 when the metro area was experiencing a winter storm, a group of team members braved the conditions to honor their commitment to volunteer at Feed My Starving Children.  In just 2 hours they helped feed 76 children for 1 year! 

Feed My Starving Children!

Another initiative that is important to us, is hosting the American Red Cross twice a year for Blood Drives, helping the Red Cross with their never-ending shortage on blood donations.   Team members and patients always step up to the plate and donate!  Our next drive is scheduled for February 20, 2020 and again on October 1, 2020.

Please like Valley Dental Group on Facebook, so you can keep us with us! 

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LeAnn celebrates 25 years!

LeAnn has passionately practiced dental hygiene at Valley Dental Group since 1994.  LeAnn focus on bringing her patients to their optimum dental health has not gone un-noticed.  Her leagues of dedicated patients can testify to that!  Her dedication to give the patients the best dental care is unwavering and very appreciated. 

Through out the years, LeAnn has also been the Radiation and Hazardous Waste Safety Officer.  Always making sure that Valley Dental Group stays compliant with the ever-changing rules and regulations.  LeAnn has also been instrumental in training and mentoring new employees to the team.  She is a visionary and has always given great input on an always improving culture.

LeAnn has recently scaled back her hours to spend more time on her ranch, where her and her husband board horses and LeAnn gives riding lessons. 

We thank LeAnn for her dedication and hard work over the last 25 years. Congratulations LeAnn on 25!

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Use it or Lose it!

It’s true. Whether you’re paying for dental care through a benefits plan or using an FSA, your current plans will most likely run out on December 31. Don’t let your hard-earned dental dollars go to waste.  Now is the time to schedule any appointments for your dental needs!  Waiting until December to schedule is risky business because schedules become very full, very fast for the end of the year.  Before the end of the year approaches, follow this checklist from Delta Dental to maximize your dental benefits!

  • Use Your Preventive Benefits

Most dental coverages focus on preventive care and completely covers services like regular exams and cleanings when you see a participating network dentist. Take advantage of this coverage, as preventive care can benefit your oral and overall health and save you money in the long run.

  • Check Your Deductible

Your deductible is the specific dollar amount you pay out of pocket toward covered services before your dental insurance applies payment to those services. Under most comprehensive plans, routine cleanings and exams don’t count toward your deductible.

If you’ve met your deductible for this year, now may be a good time to schedule any dental treatment you’ve been delaying. Most plans reset your deductible on January 1 of each new year.

  • Know Your Annual Maximum

Your annual maximum is the maximum dollar amount your insurance will pay toward the cost of your covered dental care. Keep in mind that once you’ve used up your maximum, you’ll be responsible for paying the entire cost of your dental care for the rest of the year. Just be sure to use it up by the end of the year, since any amount remaining doesn’t roll over into the next year.

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Valley Dental Group celebrates 45 years!!!

Valley Dental Group is celebrating 45 years of providing quality dental care in our community! 

In addition to celebrating  45 years of Valley Dental Group, we are also celebrating the many milestones set by some of our team members. It is because of our wonderful, dedicated team that makes it possible to achieve 45 years.  We would like to thank and recognize the following team members for their devoted years of service:

Dianne “Dee Dee” Weber, Dental Assistant – 35 years

Dr. Janet Parsons, General Dentist and Partner – 25 years

Dr. David Klump, Periodontist – 20 years

Amy Smrekar, Hygienist – 15 years

Jenell Frailey, Hygienist – 15 years

Vicki Hurshuajer, Dental Assistant – 10 years

Jackie Williams, Patient Service Representative –5 years

Jackie Bystedt, Dental Assistant – 5 years

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April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month!

Every hour, 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year, someone dies of oral or oropharyngeal cancer (cancers of the mouth and upper throat) in the US. However, when oral cancer is detected and treated early, treatment-related health problems are reduced, and survival rates may increase.

This year an estimated 51,550 new cases of oral and oropharyngeal cancers will be diagnosed in the US. Of those individuals, 40 percent will not survive longer than five years, and many who do survive suffer long-term problems, such as severe facial disfigurement or difficulties with eating and speaking. The death rate associated with oral and oropharyngeal cancers remains particularly high because the cancers routinely are discovered late in their development.

Regular oral cancer examinations performed by your oral health professional remain the best method for detecting oral cancer in its early stages.

As your dental care team, we can ensure you that all patients at Valley Dental Group receive a proper intra/extra oral exam. Valley Dental Group believes it is the standard of care that all our patients during a comprehensive exam and periodic exam receive a thorough intra/extra oral exam (aka: oral cancer screening).  We also offer the VelScope Oral Cancer screening, which helps detect oral cancer in the early stages.  If you have any concerns, please make sure to talk with your dentist.

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Doctor Spotlight – Dr. Marin Parsons

Valley Dental Group is spotlighting Dr. Marin Parsons who started practicing dentistry at Valley Dental Group in July of 2018. 

Why did you choose dentistry as a career?   

I grew up seeing my mom balance family time and a career in dentistry really well.  That was something that was important to me when choosing dentistry.  I also love how dentistry is a mix of science, health, and art. 

What do you find most satisfying  about dentistry?

Getting to know my patients and building relationships.  I love helping people feel more comfortable during treatment. 

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I love trying new things and visiting new places.  For example, a new recipe, a new restaurant, or arts and crafts projects.

What is your all time favorite movie and why?

The Holiday or any other Christmas movie.  The season between Thanksgiving and Christmas is my favorite time of year!

What is your personal motto or mantra?

Enjoy the little things in life. 

Any hidden talents?

I love to sing and am always up for some karaoke!

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Sedation Dentistry, is it for YOU?

It is estimated that 30 percent of the population avoids the dentist due to fear or anxiety. This common “dental phobia” prevents people from receiving necessary dental care, potentially compromising the health of their mouth and smile.

For many people Sedation dentistry is the solution to this problem. Sedation dentistry places the patient in a relaxed state throughout their treatment. Many patients even fall asleep. A variety of medications can be used to achieve this. They can also be administered in a variety of ways. Inhalation of nitrous oxide gas is the most common. This is typically the “lightest” form of sedation, and most patients are able to drive themselves home afterward.  Oral (pill form) and Intravenous (IV) sedation are used to administer medications that provide greater sedation.  The advantage of IV sedation is that it allows the medication to be given in smaller increments.  This provides a more predictable sedation for each individual patient.  For oral and IV sedation it is necessary to have someone drive you home and stay with you for at least a few hours.

Jordan 2015

IV sedation is both safe and effective when administered by a trained professional. Dr. Brian Jordan has been providing sedation dentistry services at Valley Dental Group since 2007. He is certified by the Minnesota Board of dentistry to provide moderate oral and IV sedation.

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

One of the major benefits of sedation dentistry is that people often feel like their dental procedure lasts only a few minutes, when in fact it might have taken hours to perform. This makes extensive dental treatment possible in as little as one appointment

Are you reluctant to change the appearance of your smile or improve your dental health because you are afraid of undergoing long or complicated dental procedures? Sedation dentistry can help you feel comfortable during the treatment process and help you achieve a smile you have dreamed about!

Some of the reasons, Dr. Jordan is your Best Choice for sedation dentistry:

  • Your dental health is his number one priority. –  Our mission at Valley Dental Group has always been to help people achieve and maintain optimum dental health. Offering sedation dentistry services provides our new and existing patients with a solution to healthy teeth and a beautiful smile.
  • We’ll make your visit 100% comfortable.  –  Dr. Jordan understands you might feel anxious about visiting the dentist. That’s why it’s important to him that you feel completely confident when choosing sedation dentistry. We’ll consult with you before and after your procedure––making sure your questions get answered.
  • Your safety is essential to Valley Dental Group. –  Dr. Jordan is trained and experienced in oral and IV sedation. He is certified in advanced cardiac life support, and is a member of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology. Throughout your procedure, Dr. Jordan monitors your blood pressure, pulse, oxygen level, and heart rhythm to ensure your safety.
  • We offer financing options. –  We know you may be apprehensive about pursuing dental care due to cost. That’s why we offer a variety of cost effective financing options. We’ll work with you to determine which financing option is right for you so you can get the dental work done that you need.

Dr. Jordan offers free consults to discuss if Sedation Dentistry is for you!

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We are taking SAFETY Viral!!

Dental Infection Control Awareness Month (September) highlights infection control in dentistry. Infection control is one of the things our office is committed to so we can provide you with safe care. We’re serious about your safety.

Our office is committed to have infection control a main priority.  Our office is a member of OSAP, which stands for The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention.  Their mission is to be the world’s leading provider of education that supports safe dental visits.  We follow all CDC recommendations, and have a designated Infection Control Officer, who is dedicated to making sure our office is following the highest standard of protocols when it comes to Infection Control.  In addition, our team is regularly trained on infection control practices.  We understand that patients sometimes worry about the risk of infection during dental procedures. We use sterile instruments, and disposable instruments and supplies that are used only for you and then thrown out. That means they have been through a rigorous decontamination process and all items are safe for use when we remove them from their sterile packs during your dental appointment. We wash our hands, wear new gloves and masks for each patient, and we make sure work surfaces are cleaned and disinfected between patients. If you have a concern, please tell us! We are happy to explain our infection control procedures. We’re committed to taking Safety Viral for you!

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