We are well into Spring, and loving the longer days, warmer weather, and flowering trees! We aren't acknowledging the random snow day. Another reason we are loving this Spring is because we are seeing so many returning patients. The pandemic kept many people at home and delaying routine appointments, like dental cleanings. With vaccines getting more prevalent, our schedule is getting more and more full. In fact, at the time of writing this, our spring and summer hygiene schedule is nearly full! Don't worry, if you have an emergency, we usually can get you in with Dr. Jones within the week.
We know that it is important for patients to be assured that our entire team has been fully vaccinated since early February. *Before including this into our Newsletter, I did ask every member if it was okay, because of HIPAA.
A few weeks ago, we sent out an email about our Spring Whitening Promotion. From now until June 17th, current patients that have had a dental cleaning and exam within the last 12 months can save 25% on whitening services and products. Please call or email us if you want to know more about pricing or have other questions.
DENTAL CONCERNS & EMERGENCIES
In 2013 we wrote a blog (yes, we have a blog!) about what to do if you experience a dental emergency and it is after-hours, or on a weekend. This blog has since been updated, but still is a great resource to determine what we consider an emergency and a non-emergency. For those of you that I know won't click the link above, here is a short version:
COVID PROTOCOL UPDATES
We are no longer requesting patients wait in their cars and call to check-in before appointments. If you arrive for your dental appointment, please come right into our office. We will still ask you if you are feeling well that day. We also still have hand sanitizer at the front desk for you to use, too.
DENTAL TEAM CHANGES
For the last few weeks, Ashleigh has been doubling as our chairside dental assistant in addition to her usual duties at the front desk. We have a new team member starting in May and she is going to be cross-trained to be able to work up front and also as Dr. Jones' chairside assistant! Please bear with us a few more weeks while we get our team member started, trained, and us back to a normal routine. We know you are going to love our new team member and can't wait to introduce you to her!
Every one deserves a little break now and then, and that is no different for Dr. Jones and our staff. Dr. Jones, Courtney and Ashleigh have time-off planned over the summer months. We appreciate your patience and kindness to whomever is filling in that day!
I know that everyone LOVES a Courtney hygiene cleaning and may only want to see her. However, due to our full hygiene schedule, we may not may be able to move you to another date near your pre-scheduled appointment.
When Dr. Jones is out of the office, we will still be able to see most patients for hygiene visits. Dr. Jones always reviews Courtney's notes and any x-rays taken. If something needs to be addressed, we will notify that patient and make an appointment for an exam or treatment. For pre-planned vacations, we notify patients that are scheduled during those dates.
HAPPY 9 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!
We are celebrating Courtney's 9 year work-a-versary! For years, she has put up with our bad jokes, stories from our childhood (if you don't know...Dr. Jones and Ashleigh are sisters), and Pandora playlist country songs. When someone new joins your work team, you never know how the dynamic will truly be. However, with Courtney, it's been great from the get-go and we are so lucky to have her!
What are we up to in the spring time?
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for supporting our small business! It is our pleasure to take care of your dental health and appreciate all the kind reviews, emails, and visits.
You did it! You survived our crazy September hours.
Thank you for your support, understanding, and positivity during this time. To all the patients that were rescheduled, we appreciate your kindness and willingness to be moved to a later time or another day.
We are back to our normal hours!
Monday: 8 AM to 5 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM to 5 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM to 12 PM and
12 PM to 3 PM (Cleanings/Exams Only)
Thursday: 8 AM to 5 PM
Friday - Sunday: CLOSED
A little help from our friends!
I am going to be very honest with you all. We are needing to fill in our schedule this fall! Because we were closed for 8 weeks in the spring (6- months ago), it has created a large hole in our mid-October to mid-November schedule. If you are due, or it has been 3 months and you are feeling like your professional cleaning is wearing off already, call us to schedule!
Wait, come in for a cleaning sooner than 6 months?!?! I can't do that! Insurance won't let me. Or, I can't come in because I don't have dental benefits. Yes, you can. Now, your benefits may not pay because of the rules of your plan, but you certainly can come in. It will just mean paying out-of-pocket....you know, like we all do for a haircut or a manicure/pedicure or any of the other services that we do to keep us looking and feeling our very best! Do not allow your dental benefits (or not having benefits) dictate when you can come in for a hygiene visit. As dental professionals, we choose to get our teeth cleaned more frequently than every 6 months because we know it's better for our teeth, gums and over overall health!
Many dentists, including Dr. Jones, recommend more frequent dental cleanings for many of our patients. Some of those people the fall into that category include: periodontal disease patients, patients in orthodontic treatment, patients that tend to get calculus build-up faster than normal, and older patients that have lost dexterity or have memory issues and are unable to brush their teeth regularly or effectively. If you or a child is in braces and you need help getting those hard to reach areas around brackets and wires, please give us a call. Courtney has all the tools to get plaque, tarter and food debris that you might struggle with. If you have a family member that has lost dexterity or has memory issues and may not be getting the help they need at home or in their care facility to brush twice a day (2-minutes each time), please call us.
Accepting New Patients
If you know of a family member, friend, neighbor, or co-worker that is looking for a new dentist, we welcome new patients with open arms! For people that aren't quite sure if they want to commit to a cleaning without meeting us first, we offer 30-minute complimentary visits with Dr. Jones. This is a great opportunity to see our office, meet our staff and Dr. Jones to see if we are the right office for their needs. We see patients of all ages.
Thank you for supporting us as a small business. We truly and genuinely appreciate your business and our relationships with all of you.
A Fair Alternative to Dental Benefits
For patients that do not have dental benefits, or are retiring and losing benefits, or are turning 26 and getting kicked off your parent's plan, we have a great option called Smile Advantage. This is our in-office dental membership program for patients that do not have traditional dental benefits. We have a plan for Children (1 to 15 years old), Adult (16+ years old), and Perio Patients (patients that have had scaling and root planing). For more information, check out our website or call us at 913-491-0077.
Schooling a Little Differently
Okay...now that all that business stuff is out of the way...on to the fun! Let's talk about how fun the first few weeks of school have been! Just kidding, we know it's been rough. We are with you! If you need to get away from your students (or significant other) (or new quarntine puppy), you can always schedule a dental visit. The longest treatment available would be a full mouth restoration and will guarantee you being away for a few hours and several visits! Ha!
Here are a few pictures of our students hard at work!
Here is Courtney's son showing her how he feels about Zoom calls.
Don't worry...after the picture, Courtney made sure he was back to participating and listening to his teacher.
Dr. Jones' son is concentrating hard on the first day of high school. Yes, he is in the basement wetbar...it was quiet and had the best WiFi connection in the house.
Ready for 2nd Grade! (Dr. Jones' youngest)
Here we have a middle-schooler with all the things that you need for school.
A thumbs up from the 2nd grader!
This third grader (Ashleigh's youngest) posed himself and directed the First Day of School Pictures. This is called, "Looking into the distance with legs crossed."
And here are both of Ashleigh's sons. What you don't see is mom and dad smiling big because these two guys were dropped off for in-person learning!
Cheers Park Hill School District!
We hope that you all are safe, happy, and getting into the groove.
We look forward to your next visit!
Winter 2020 Newsletter
Happy New Year! We hope that everyone enjoyed the holidays and were able to find some relaxing moments. For our new patients opening one of our newsletters for the first time...welcome! Our newsletters come under the guise of spreading dental information, but really is for sharing cute pictures of Dr. Jones' family and fun personal tidbits. This time...you get a video!!!
Though we may be your dental office, we absolutely love getting to know our patients and their families on a more personal level. So, as long as you don't care about passing the test on newsletter content we give you at your next visit, scroll past all the very helpful office updates and information and skip on down to our "top ten lists!"
We recently added a new and very convenient scheduling application to our website for new patients (and current ones) that allows you to make an appointment online. Ashleigh updates all the open dental hygiene openings for the next 4 weeks. This is really is helpful for those that think about making appointments on weekends and evenings, when we are away from the office. If you are a patient that needs to book appointments closer to the time you are due because of a busy schedule, this will be help, too. Just click on the green, oval button on the lower left corner of our page.
Winter Weather Policy
Do you follow us on Facebook? No?! Well, here is a taste of the important policy updates and messages that you are missing:
Of course, this FB post was a joke...kind of. But, we would love for you to follow us on Facebook and Instagram (@alisonjonesddsleawood). Mostly, our social media is a fun way for Dr. Jones to interact outside of business hours, but we do post important updates and notices such as last-minute dental appointment openings, traffic or parking conditions that may impact your alloted time to arrive, and other helpful last minute information.
We offer a variety of ways to pay your account balance. For patients with dental benefits, your Billing Statement will be mailed after we receive the Explanation of Benefits from your benefits carrier. The exception are those patients with BlueCross BlueShield of Kansas City. Because our office is Out-of-Network, BCBS will send reimbursement payments directly to their members.
Your payment options are to:
Mail in a check or your credit card information.
We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express
Call us with your credit card information during business hours.
Please DO NOT leave your card information on the voicemail
Pay online via the Patient Portal on our website.
If we have your email in our system, you will have access to the Patient Portal.
However, only the Head-of-Household is able to make a payment.
This is a great option for patients that are wanting to finance with zero or low interest for 6 or 12 months.
If using CareCredit, payment is due on the day of treatment, or the seating date for patients getting a crown, bridge, implant, or denture.
Please check out our updated Financial Policy for more information.
And now...for some FUN!
We've noticed a lot of people posting "top ten" lists on social media. We like to dispense a lot of advice around here, and not all of it is dental related. Dr. Jones, Courtney, Kayla and Ashleigh can be overheard talking to patients about restaurants they enjoy or shows they are currently binging on Netflix. So we decided to compile our own "top ten" list of "favorite things." In no specific order, these are random things that just make our life more enjoyable and happy, or we just really couldn't live without. :)
1. Protein/Energy Balls - click here for a recipe and link for video
**be sure to watch the video and try to find someone sneaking chocolate chips in the background!
3. Peloton Bike & Fitness classes
4. Our "Alison Jones DDS" Lip Balm
5. My morning latte
6. Daily vitamins (woman's multi, probiotic, K2/D3, magnesium, and Halo Beauty Hair, Skin and Nails)
7. Vacation cocktails (a spciy margarita tastes better looking at thte ocean!)
8. White tea scents/aromatherapy
9. Apple Watch
10. Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum cream
1. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
2. Sporting KC
4. Making lasagna
6. Playing soccer with my kids
7. The Outsider (HBO)
8. Fleece clothes
9. Childhood memory: Riding horses at summer camp
10. Cookbook: Whole 30
1. Country music
2. Travis Kelce
6. Riding motorcycles
7. Swimming with her kids
8. Any Disney movie, new and old
9. That 70s Show
10. Loves cooking new things for her family
1. Stephen King
2. Seva Indian Cuisine
3. Fresh, clean sheets
4. Tati Beauty - Textured Neutrals Vol. 1 (it's eyeshadow!)
5. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
6. Crossword puzzles
7. The bee brooch from my grandmother
8. Eating with friends on Mass St. in Lawrence
9. Cooking and trying to make recipes I love vegan
10. Surprise trip from my husband to St. Lucia for our 10-year Anniversary
Staff Holiday Fun
Dr. Jones loves to treat us during the holidays! This year we took a limo to the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts to have dinner and see The Nutcracker. On our way home, we drove us through The Plaza and Brookside for a holiday lights tour. I think my co-workers would agree that we highly recommend adding this to your KC Bucket List!
Ali Jones, D.D.S. - Dentist