Pediatric Dentist & Orthodontics in Pittsfield & Great Barrington, MA - Drs. Yarmosky, Yarmosky & Ballinger


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About Us   |   Office Hours   |   How are Appointments Scheduled?

Why morning appointments   |   Do I Stay with My Child During the Visit?

 What About Finances?    |   Our Office Policy Regarding Dental Insurance

Mission Statement: To provide the highest quality care to our clients in a loving, caring and honest manner. Only through excellence in Dentistry and quality relationships can we make a positive contribution to the oral health, happiness and self-esteem of those around us.

Yarmosky Pediatric Dentistry - New patients are always welcomed.  With offices in Pittsfield and Great Barrington, Yarmosky Pediatric Dentistry has been providing Berkshire County and the adjacent states of New York, Connecticut and Vermont with superior pediatric dental and orthodontic care for 35 years.  From regular dental cleanings, examinations and restorative work to complete orthodontic treatment, Our doctors pride themselves on providing comprehensive dental care for your child while making their visits as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

Dr. Louis, Dr. Steve, and Dr. Lauren have excelled in their profession.  Dr. Louis and Dr. Steve are part of the teaching staff at Berkshire Health Systems.  The doctors of Yarmosky Pediatric Dentistry are members of many professional organizations including the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Massachusetts Dental Society and the Berkshire Dental Society. They have dedicated their careers to providing children with the most comprehensive and advanced pediatric dental and orthodontic treatment available.

Yarmosky Pediatric Dentistry works with advanced technology and is on the forefront of computer technology with the most advanced equipment available today. Their high tech equipment provides your child with the safest, most advanced treatment available and the confidence they are receiving quality care.

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Office Hours

Pittsfield Office:

Fall (September through June)
Monday 1PM to 6PM (1st and 2nd week of the month)
Monday 1PM to 5pm (3rd and 4th weeks of the month)
Tuesday through Friday 8:30AM to 5:00PM

Summer (June through August)
Monday through Thursday 7:30AM to 3:30PM
Friday 7:30AM to 12:30PM

Great Barrington Office:

Fall (September through June)
Monday 1PM to 6PM (1st and 2nd weeks of the month)
Monday 1PM to 5PM (3rd and 4th weeks of the month)
Tuesday through Thursday 8:30AM to 5:00PM
Friday the Office is Closed

Summer (June through August)
Friday the office is closed
Monday through Thursday 7:30AM to 3:30PM

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How are Appointments Scheduled?

The office attempts to schedule appointments at your convenience and when time is available. Preschool children should be seen in the morning because they are fresher and we can work more slowly with the child for their comfort. School children with a lot of work to be done should be seen in the morning for the same reason. Dental appointments are an excused absence. Missing school can be kept to a minimum when regular dental care is continued.

Since appointed times are reserved exclusively for each patient we ask that you please notify our office 24 hours in advance of your scheduled appointment time if you are unable to keep your appointment.  Another patient who needs our care could be scheduled if we have sufficient time to notify them.  We realize that unexpected things can happen, but we ask for your assistance in this regard.
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Why we Schedule Certain Appointments in the Morning Hours:

At Yarmosky Pediatric Dentistry we are committed to providing your children with the best dental care possible.  We make every effort to ensure your child’s dental experience is a positive one and for that reason certain dental procedures are scheduled at specific times of the day.

We certainly understand that it can be very difficult for your child to miss school or for you to have to miss work, but for certain dental procedures, morning appointments are recommended.  In most cases, your child can return to school or normal activities after their appointment.  We are also more than willing to provide your child or you an “excuse” letter if needed.

For restorative dental procedures on younger patients (fillings, extractions, crowns, sealants and nitrous oxide/laughing gas, etc) we find that children have a better experience in the morning.  They are more rested and more likely to tolerate dental treatment than later in the afternoon after a long day at school or at play.   Also, we find that children that are anxious tend to get a little more “worked up” and nervous about “what is going to happen” as the day progresses.  Also, the morning appointments in our office are dedicated to our patients that often require a little extra time and “TLC” and we as practitioners are better able to focus on them in a less chaotic office environment.

For certain orthodontic appointments, such as an appointment for full bracketing (having braces put on), we also have morning appointments reserved.  Again, these appointments require a little more time and focus for our patients and we want to provide the best care possible.

We hope you understand that our recommended treatment goals and procedures are focused on the wellbeing of your child and quality of the care we provide to them and why morning appointments are sometimes necessary.

We sincerely thank you for your trust and confidence in our Pediatric Dental Team at Yarmosky Pediatric Dentistry.

Do I Stay with My Child During the Visit?

We invite you to stay with your child during the initial examination. During future appointments, we suggest you allow your child to accompany our staff through the dental experience. We can usually establish a closer rapport with your child when you are not present. Our purpose is to gain your child's confidence and overcome apprehension. However, if you choose, you may come with your child to the treatment room. For the safety and privacy of all patients, other children who are not being treated should remain in the reception room with a supervising adult.
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What About Finances?

Payment for professional services is due at the time dental treatment is provided. Every effort will be made to provide a treatment plan which fits your timetable and budget, and gives your child the best possible care. We accept cash, personal checks, debit cards and most major credit cards.
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Our Office Policy Regarding Dental Insurance

If we have received all of your insurance information on the day of the appointment, we will be happy to file your claim for you. You must be familiar with your insurance benefits, as we will collect from you the estimated amount insurance is not expected to pay. By law your insurance company is required to pay each claim within 30 days of receipt. We file all insurance electronically so your insurance company will receive each claim within days of the treatment. You are responsible for any balance on your account after 30 days, whether insurance has paid or not. If you have not paid your balance within 60 days a finance charge of 1.5% will be added to your account each month until paid. We will be glad to send a refund to you once insurance has paid us.

PLEASE UNDERSTAND that we file dental insurance as a courtesy to our patients. We do not have a contract with your insurance company, only you do. We are not responsible for how your insurance company handles its claims or for what benefits they pay on a claim. We can only assist you in estimating your portion of the cost of treatment, we at no time guarantee what your insurance will or will not do with each claim. We also can not be responsible for any errors in filing your insurance, once again we file claims as a courtesy to you.

Dental insurance is meant to be an aid in receiving dental care. Many patients think that their insurance pays 90%-100% of all dental fees. This is not true! Most plans only pay between 50%-80% of the average total fee. Some pay more, some pay less. The percentage paid is usually determined by how much you or your employer has paid for coverage or the type of contract your employer has set up with the insurance company.

You may have noticed that sometimes your dental insurer reimburses you or the dentist at a lower rate than the dentist's actual fee. Frequently, insurance companies state that the reimbursement was reduced because your dentist's fee has exceeded the usual, customary, or reasonable fee ("UCR") used by the company.

A statement such as this gives the impression that any fee greater than the amount paid by the insurance company is unreasonable or well above what most dentists in the area charge for a certain service. This can be very misleading and simply is not accurate.

Insurance companies set their own schedules and each company uses a different set of fees they consider allowable. These allowable fees may vary widely because each company collects fee information from claims it processes. The insurance company then takes this data and arbitrarily chooses a level they call the "allowable" UCR Fee. Frequently this data can be three to five years old and these "allowable" fees are set by the insurance company so they can make a net 20%-30% profit.

Unfortunately, insurance companies imply that your dentist is "overcharging" rather than say that they are "underpaying" or that their benefits are low. In general, the less expensive insurance policy will use a lower usual, customary, or reasonable (UCR) figure.

When estimating dental benefits, deductibles and percentages must be considered. To illustrate, assume the fee for service is $150.00. Assuming that the insurance company allows $150.00 as its usual and customary (UCR) fee, we can figure out what benefits will be paid. First a deductible (paid by you), on average $50, is subtracted, leaving $100.00. The plan then pays 80% for this particular procedure. The insurance company will then pay 80% of $100.00, or $80.00. Out of a $150.00 fee they will pay an estimated $80.00 leaving a remaining portion of $70.00 (to be paid by the patient). Of course, if the UCR is less than $150.00 or your plan pays only at 50% then the insurance benefits will also be significantly less.

MOST IMPORTANTLY, please keep us informed of any insurance changes such as policy name, insurance company address, or a change of employment.

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