We asked Dr. Joseph Skladany to fill us in about his Pinehurst-based practice, Dental Design Innovations. This family-friendly floss force serves patients from their first tooth through their three-digit birthdays. “The difference,” says Dr. Joe, “is care.” Read on below, party enamels:
Q: Tell us a little about yourself.
A: Well, I’ve been serving Moore County for more than 26 years — always with the latest state-of-the-art technology, in a relaxed environment, and alongside the best staff anyone could have … plus a few laughs. It’s an unbeatable combination. Our team members’ individual experience ranges from 11-40+ years. We see patients of all ages — from their first tooth to over 100 years old — for all preventative, restorative, and cosmetic services.
Q: Ok, ok. And what’s something else about you?
A: Admittedly, dad jokes. All. The. Time.
Q: What makes your practice different?
A: We CARE! You are not a number, not a tooth, not a commodity — you are a person, who has concerns and feelings, and we do our absolute best to help each patient as an individual. We treat you at your pace, always paying special attention to your comfort.
I try to preserve as much natural tooth structure as possible, and never “over-diagnose” or recommend anything that is unnecessary. Many patients even make the trip for their appointments with us after moving hours or states away!
Q: Wow – that is more commitment than we’ve ever known. When do you recommend patients make an appointment?
A: Tooth-hurty…dad jokes…see???
A: We do see, Dad, errr, Dr. Joe. What’s your favorite service you offer?
A: More than anything, we enjoy helping patients love their smile. From minor cosmetics to full mouth restorations, our goal is to improve your health and self-confidence.
Q: What does your team do for people who are afraid to go to the dentist?
A: Our office environment and staff demeanor are extremely pleasant and laid-back, while still providing every patient with the highest quality care. And we have fun! Every team member genuinely loves what we do here, and it shows in every interaction. We value patient education, always explaining what we see and need to do and why, taking time to answer any and all questions the patient may have. We proceed at the individual’s pace, never going beyond their comfort level.
Q: Does the same go for kids?
A: We strive to establish a relationship first, so that they feel truly comfortable and even look forward to their dental visits. They are always welcome to watch their parents and siblings during their visits and we offer them a “chair ride” for their first visit — getting comfortable being in the operatory chair, counting their teeth together, and talking about oral hygiene as a fun part of their everyday routine.
Q: How do you handle insurance?
A: Though we are not a participating provider with any insurance, and do ask for full payment the day of service, we will always file your insurance claim for you so that you can be reimbursed the maximum benefit from your particular dental plan. If you have a treatment plan consisting of major restorations, we can send for a pre-treatment estimate of benefits from your plan.
Q: Are you taking new clients?
A: Always! And we currently have a new patient special: $130 off your first hygiene appointment. That includes cleaning, comprehensive exam, and full set of digital x-rays.
Q: Ok, last one. And be honest. Do you ask questions to patients with tools in their mouth on purpose?
To learn more about Dr. Joseph Skladany’s fill-osophies and Dental Design Innovations, visit their website or call (910) 215-4554.
This piece was written in partnership with Dental Design Innovations.