New Patient Forms
Our new patient paperwork is very simple and quick to complete. You will have a chance to complete once you arrive while your little ones enjoy our
theater, video games, or toddler area. Please bring a copy of your insurance card.
Insurance Info Form – 1 per family
Patient Health History/General Consent – Each patient needs to complete this
The big day is here! We are so excited for your child to experience Alligator Dental and have FUN at the dentist!
The first step is to your child’s dental health visit is to check in with our receptionist and ensure all information is correct. We will take your child’s picture and invite him or her to enter to win our Patient Contest. Your child will be free to enjoy the entertaining waiting areas that make Alligator Dental so unique. There are bubble walls, a movie theater, an arcade, and play areas.
Your child will be greeted by our New Patient Specialist who will accompany him or her (and you) throughout the appointment.
- Little Gators (ages six months to three years) will be brought to one of our Baby Rooms where they will receive a special ‘knee-to-knee’ dental exam. He or she can play with age-appropriate toys while you discuss their dental care with the doctor.
- Gators ages three and older will visit our X-ray and brush-up stations prior to being led to our bright, open hygiene bay for their professional evaluation and cleaning. Kids will have the opportunity to lie back, relax, and enjoy a fun movie in their chair. Dental Assistants and Doctors use a variety of age-appropriate tools for kid’s teeth and will educate your child to help get them excited about good oral hygiene.
- Teen Gators (ages 12 and older) are part of our Teen Clinic and have special perks just for them.
- Parents have plenty of opportunities to discuss concerns and get professional direction to keep their child’s smile healthy.
In addition to our superior dentistry for kids, new patients love to sign our New Patient Yearbook Wall and ring the Alligator Dental Gong at the end of their appointment! Children also have the opportunity to join the Alligator Dental Cavity Free Club and will leave with a complimentary hygiene kit and a fun prize.
Be warned: Your child may enjoy coming to Alligator Dental so much they may not want to leave!
Are parents allowed to be a part of the appointment?
Most Definitely! Our pediatric dentists firmly believe that parents play an important role in diagnosis, treatment planning, and behavior assessment for children. Especially with young children, parents can assist in making a trip to the dentist comfortable and help reassure an anxious child. We strongly encourage parents to come to the back for all appointments, at least until a child is comfortable and confident to go alone (unless the parent would rather play Guitar Hero in the waiting room!). Parents are asked to participate in all new patient dental health exams. We also welcome siblings to come along to see the Alligator Dental experience and build their own confidence in going to the dentist. However, we ask that siblings not attend appointments when a child is receiving restorative treatment to allow our staff and the parent to focus solely on the patient.
At Alligator Dental of Seguin, San Marcos, and Cibolo, we provide industry-leading dentistry for kids so that every child may have the beautiful, healthy smile they deserve! We want to provide care based on what is in the best interest for your child and not based solely on what insurance companies allow. Alligator Dental accepts all dental insurance plans, including Medicaid and Texas CHIP; however, our office is not contracted with any insurance company. This means that Alligator Dental is an out-of-network provider for all insurance plans.
The good news is that most insurance companies cover 80 to 100% of all preventative and treatment services for out-of-network providers like Alligator Dental.
Do we accept insurance?
Absolutely! You can use your insurance at Alligator Dental! As a courtesy to our patients, we file electronically with all insurance companies to put your premium to its maximum benefit.
Please feel free to contact your insurance company with any questions about what your coverage will be so there are no surprises. You are also welcome to call our office to clarify our insurance policy and obtain assistance in finding out the estimated charges you may incur. Should you call your insurance company, they may request a few common codes for a new patient appointment:
If your child is six months to 12 years
- 0150 Comprehensive Exam
- 1120 Child Cleaning
- 1203 Child Fluoride
- 0272 2 X-rays (three to 12 years)
If your child is 12 to 18 years
- 0150 Comprehensive Exam
- 1110 Adult Cleaning
- 1204 Adult Fluoride
- 0274 4 X-Rays
Please contact our office for any additional codes you may require
We are confident that the expert dental health care and positive experience your child has at Alligator Dental will more than compensate for any minimal out of pocket fees your insurance company may require. Our dentists look forward to meeting you and your child!
Frequently Asked Questions
Alligator Dental is here to serve as your premier pediatric dentists in Seguin, San Marcos, and Chibolo. Check below for a few of our most frequently asked questions about our practice, and be sure to contact us if you’re searching for the best patient care. We look forward to helping you!
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Simply put, a pediatric dentist is an oral health specialist who provides a complete range of dental services to patients under the age of 18. Our dentists help kids smile, relying on our board-certified doctor to lead the way into the future. Dr. Burns was certified in 2010, and continues to work with his qualified team to be the best dentist for kids across Texas!
Taking your children to the dentist can be a time full of stress and concern. If your little one is dealing with a lot of dental anxiety, it can help to stop by one of our locations for a tour! Alligator Dental provides a comforting experience for patients of all ages, relying on our caring staff and top-notch facility to make children feel at ease once they sit in the chair.
Our pediatric dentistry offers a movie theater room, arcade, bubble walls, and a toddler play area to create a fun experience for your child. We make an extra effort to explain our services in terms that they can understand, offering support and fielding any questions along the way. We also host monthly contests and prizes, as well as a cavity-free wall to help make proper oral care fun!
Our pediatric dentistry team strives to provide the safest results for all of our patients. For our gators — ages three and older — Alligator Dental provides fast and effective dental X-rays. This process results in a very low dose of radiation, with all of the proper safety precautions taken beforehand to ensure the best results.
We recommend bringing your child in for their first visit once their first tooth erupts, or before their first birthday (whichever comes first).
Once you have visited one of our locations, your child will be expected to return every six months. Kids with oral health concerns may need to visit more frequently for their regular appointment. These twice-yearly appointments count as preventative cleanings, and give our pediatric dentists the best opportunity to check up on the status of your little one’s smile.
Yes! Alligator Dental accepts all dental insurance plans. We believe that your child should receive the best dental care regardless of your coverage, and our team will work hard to help create a lifetime of happy smiles that meets the needs of your little one, not what your insurance provider covers.
It’s important to note that our pediatric dental office is not contracted with any insurance company. While we’ll qualify as an out-of-network provider under your insurance, it can help to know that preventative treatment and care is often covered up to 100%. Our staff submits all codes electronically to ensure your premium is used to its maximum value.
Our practice believes in providing the highest level of care to every child in need. Alligator Dental proudly accepts Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage, and we can work with you to generate the best possible outcome for your little one’s oral health.
Many kids can stand to benefit from the protection offered by dental sealants. These materials serve to coat your child’s teeth along the chewing surfaces, preventing decay and future cavity growth. A sealant will cover the deep grooves along the surface, creating a layer of protection that is hard to beat. Children and adults of all ages can benefit from sealants if needed.
The age at which your child can benefit from the corrective measures of braces will depend entirely on the condition of your child’s smile. We see a lot of patients who are ready for braces between the ages of 12 and 13, while some kids require corrections closer to seven years of age. If you’re worried about the condition of your little one’s teeth, Alligator Dental is here and always happy to make recommendations!
We recommend allowing your little one to begin brushing on their own as soon as they are able to demonstrate that they can do it on their own without any adult intervention. This milestone typically occurs close to the time that your child can tie their own shoes. Most children begin brushing their own teeth between the ages of six and eight.
Many parents believe that proper brushing and flossing are enough to maintain a healthy smile, but the reality is that what you eat can have a serious impact on your teeth. Sugary, starchy foods can increase the likelihood of tooth decay while fruits, vegetables, grains, and meats can support the opposite outcome. Nutrition is key to many aspects of the human body, including your smile!