Insurance & Financing for Pain & Sleep Patients
Polit & Costello Dentistry is committed to providing the highest quality of care with compassion, respect and expertise in a professional and timely manner. In order to assist you with the investment in your treatment, we have outlined our payment policy. We will give you an estimate of your fees and will update them as needed.
We are participating with Medicare and BCBS plans. We are the only in-network DME(Sleep Apnea Dental Devices) provider for Geisinger in the Wyoming Valley. We encourage all of our patients to contact their medical insurance prior to treatment to confirm benefit coverage. We do not bill any dental insurance. Co-payments and deductible payments are designed by insurance companies to enhance patient responsibility and commitment to their own healthcare. Therefore, we require patients with insurance to cover their co-pays at the time of service. Co-insurance and deductibles are part of the estimate and are due at the time of the splint fit. The fees may be paid at each visit with cash, check Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and CareCredit.
If you have insurance benefits, as a courtesy, we will contact your medical insurance prior to the start of any treatment. When we call to verify your benefits, we ask your insurance company all information about your policy including deductibles, co-insurance, co-pays, maximum out of pockets, and any limitations. With the information from your insurance, we will calculate an estimated out-of-pocket for you. Please remember that this is not a guarantee that this is all you will owe. Your final financial responsibility can only be determined by your insurance company and may be different than the estimated out-of-pocket.
A complete patient registration form and/or copy of the insurance card(s) must be provided by the patient at the first appointment and updated at each additional appointment. Patients must notify our office of any changes with insurance information. It is your responsibility to know your insurance coverage, as you are ultimately responsible for the entire balance.
If you don’t have any medical insurance or if your medical insurance doesn’t cover treatment, we do require payment for these services at the time they are being rendered. The fees may be paid at each visit with cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover or CareCredit. For more information about the discounted fees, please contact our billing office.
A Few Of Our Patients Success Stories
Patient Renae that has been through the ENT service multiple times a year for 3 consecutive years. She came to our service with very little expectation and was thinking her pain maybe not treatable and stated “I’m questioning myself if this pain is real because no service can resolve my issue.” Renae had chief complaint of ear stuffiness and pain that radiated from her ear to the angle of the jaw. Our clinical exam exhibited that Renae had bilateral TMJ pain confirmed by palpation, bilateral stylomandibular ligament insertion tendonosis and a diurnal and nocturnal bruxing issue. Renae was treated with a series of bilateral stylomandibular ligament insertion injections, bilateral temporal tendon injections and bilateral suboccipital injections (that we term the “Blume”). Renae was provided with daytime and nighttime orthotics to control the bruxing habits. Within a few months, (September 24th to January 12th ) providing an injection series and orthotic daily use, Renae had her ear pain and radiating symptoms into her jaw her symptoms were almost completely resolved with a small amount of tinnitus remaining. All areas of palpation were negative.
Patient Tina had 7 years of right sided ear pain that was becoming bilateral and finally (mis)diagnosed as trigeminal neuralgia (one of the common diagnosis’s we see is Trigeminal neuralgia), which becomes the default diagnosis for facial pain with an unclear etiology. Tina had an extracted upper right molar and a root canal on the adjacent tooth. Tina’s clinical exam showed positive bilateral stylomandibular insertion tendonosis (Ernest Syndrome), which was treated with stylo injection series from June to September. Orthotics to control bruxing habits and reduced her a pain from a right sided facial pain from a 10 (June), to a 0.5 by September. Tina refused medication that would very likely had reduced her symptoms to a zero.
Patient Rose had been seen by neurology for 17 years in a attempt to control her migraine issue. She was referred our service with a chief complaint of she a 14 day headache that had been continuous. We treated Rose with bilateral suboccipital injections (Blume), and daytime/nighttime orthotics. Rose has had no significant headache at last report (6 months). Most cases do not improve that quickly but it can happen.
Patient Carlos was hit in the head with a golf club on the right side on the head above and in front of his ear (frontal parietal suture line). He had been treated by neurology with multiple medications for his right-sided headache for five years. The proper diagnosis was auriculotemporal neuralgia.  Carlos was treated with a series of auriculotemporal nerve blocks with anesthetic and corticosteroids. Also, daytime/nighttime orthotics. Carlos was almost pain free in three months with our treatment.