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For Our Patients
We welcome you to our Bozeman, MT dental office and look forward to serving you and your family! We have compiled some information below about policies and procedures in our office.

Patient Appointments
Patients are seen by appointment only. We make every effort to be on time for our patients, and we ask the same courtesy from your family. If you cannot keep an appointment, please notify us immediately, giving a minimum of 48 hours notice to avoid any missed appointment fees. We realize that unexpected illnesses and emergencies may occur, but we ask for your assistance in this regard.

Our office strives to schedule appointments at your convenience and when time is available.

Insurance & Patient Co-payments
If you have insurance we will help you determine the coverage you have available. In order to best assist you, it is important that you submit your dental and/or medical insurance information to us with your New Patient Paperwork a minimum of two business days prior to your scheduled appointment. This allows us time to contact your insurance company and obtain a breakdown of the benefits your employer or you have purchased from the company. In addition, you will want to bring a dental benefit book that your carrier should be able to provide. Our business team will be happy to help you understand your policy.

Should you be diagnosed with treatment services, we will be able to provide you with a detailed plan which will give you an estimate of how much your insurance company may pay for each procedure, as well as the portion you will be expected to pay at the time of service.

Professional care is provided to you, our patient family, and not to an insurance company. The insurance company is responsible only to the patient as a benefit from the employer or individual plan purchase, and the patient is responsible to the doctor. We will assist you in every way we can in the filing of your dental or medical claim and handling of insurance questions from our office on your behalf.

Financial Policy
In an effort to reduce the cost to you, the patient, while maintaining the highest level of professional care, we have established the financial policy as follows:
• Payment of any account balance is due in full within 20 days of statement date.
• We gladly accept Visa, Discover, American Express, or MasterCard payments.
• Payment plans are available through

Dental Services Available
At Summit Dental we offer all aspects of general dentistry including:
• After hours emergency dental care
• Athletic mouth guard fabrication
• Comprehensive dental exams
• Comprehensive family dental treatment
• Crown and bridge restorations
• Dental cleanings
• Digital x-rays
• Emergency dental services
• Extractions, including wisdom teeth
• Implant retained dentures
• Implant restorations
• Intraoral camera
• Limited and comprehensive gum treatments
• Limited orthodontic tooth movement
• Nitrous oxide
• Oral hygiene maintenance
• Paperless charting
• Partial and full dentures
• Pediatric crowns and space maintainers
• Preventative education
• Root canals
• Sealants
• Sleep apnea: we can consult your physician to see if you are a candidate for an oral sleep apnea appliance
• TMJ/TMD treatment
• Tooth colored restoration
• Treatment of teeth grinding or bruxing
• Veneers
Welcome to the Summit Dental Family!
If you've decided to begin your dental care journey with Summit Dental, we can't wait to meet you. Before your first appointment, we invite you to take advantage of the new patient forms we've provided here for your convenience.

You can download, print and fill the new patient forms out before coming to our office. We know your time is valuable and we try to offer ways to save it.

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Many of our patients have referred us to their friends and family after visiting us at Summit Dental. We would highly value your comments on Dr. William Samson's dental care at one or more of our social media websites.

If you are not a current patient, we welcome you to read the reviews placed by our patients on our online profiles below.

We look forward to seeing you in our dental office soon!


Patient Reviews
Great Experience
"I had a great experience. I was treated well, all my questions were answered. They made sure I was comfortable. I would recommend this dentist."

Best Dentist
"Summit Dental is the best dentist I have ever come across! Dr. William Samson is very kind and responsive; he takes the extra step to get it done right the first time. His office has done such a great job working with my insurance company too! Also, the staff at Summit Dental is so kind and helpful. I have nothing but good experiences from this local dentist!"

Outstanding Office
"Dr. Samson and his staff are outstanding! Punctual, professional, friendly and GENTLE! They also did not try to sell me a bunch of cosmetic services that I don't really need, like so many other dentists are doing these days. They did a fantastic job cleaning my teeth, and it was pain-free! I HIGHLY recommend these folks to anyone looking for a new dentist. My husband went to them too and was very happy."

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Dental FAQ
Q) Why are dental checkups recommended every six months?
A) At Summit Dental, we believe in the importance of preventive dental care, and that's why we (and the American Dental Association) recommend you come in every six months for a routine cleaning and exam. Patients at increased risk of dental disease – smokers, individuals with diabetes, those already suffering from gum disease, and pregnant women – are advised to visit us even more frequently. Why so often? The earlier Dr. Samson discovers your oral health issues (gum disease, teeth grinding, cavities, or oral cancer to name a few), the better your chances of recovery. If it's been a long time since your last trip to the dentist, contact Summit Dental for an appointment.

Q) What happens if missing teeth are not replaced?
A) Missing teeth can cause a number of other problems, including the loss of other teeth. Missing teeth also cause problems with your bite and oral function, as other teeth move to fill in the space left by the lost tooth or teeth. Over time, these shifts can cause TMJ pain, increased risk of cavities, and problems with chewing. Summit Dental offers several different options for tooth replacement.

Q) Are there differences between over-the-counter teeth whiteners and professional teeth whiteners?
A) Over-the-counter whiteners do not work as well as the professional-grade teeth bleaching options you can get at Summit Dental. The whitening kits you receive at our office are made specifically to fit you, offering greater coverage and effectiveness. Within just a few days, you'll notice a difference, and by the time treatment is complete, you'll smile with confidence.

Q) I have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, is there anything that you can do for me?
A) We would love to work with your physician to see if an oral appliance would benefit you and your sleep apnea. This may be a comfortable alternative to a bulky C-PAP machine.

Q) My jaw pops, is that normal?
A) It is not uncommon for somebody's jaw to "pop." However, we would like to work with you to minimize jaw discomfort through jaw exercises and possibly fitting you for an oral device that you wear at night.

Q) When should I take my child to the dentist for the first check-up?
A) In order to prevent dental problems, your child should see a dentist when the first tooth appears, or no later than his/her first birthday. At Summit Dental, we welcome children of all ages and look forward to teaching you how to properly care for your child's teeth and showing your child that a trip to the dentist can be a great experience.

Q) Will you see my entire family?
A) Absolutely! Dr. Samson believes in providing comprehensive care for your entire family. We want to be your family's Dental Home.

If we haven't answered your questions here, don't hesitate to call Dr. Samson. We are always happy to answer any questions you might have about the care you can receive in our office.

William Samson, DDS
Summit Dental

3997 Valley Commons Drive
Bozeman MT 59718

Call 406-404-1186

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