Frequently Asked Questions
Ask the Dentist...
- How long have you been in practice?
- Where is your office?
- Do you offer convenient appointment times?
- Do you offer pediatric dentistry?
- I have a fear of the dentist, do you offer anything that can help?
- Do you do a lot of cosmetic dentistry?
- Do you offer whitening?
- Do you perform dental implant procedures?
- With which insurance companies are you a participating provider?
- Do you accept secondary insurance?
- What methods of payment does your office accept?
- Can I use a flexible spending card for payment at your office?
- How often should I get my teeth cleaned?
- Will I get a cleaning at the first appointment?
- Are you up-to-date with dental technology?
How long have you been in practice?
Dr. Kozlowski has been practicing dentistry on Long Island since 2000. She has previously practiced in Setauket, Glen Cove and East Northport. She founded Locust Valley Dental Group in 2011 to service the community where she resides with her family as well as neighboring residents in a new state of the art dental practice.
Where is your office?
Locust Valley Dental Group is located in a medical center at 146 Birch Hill Road, Suite 200 in Locust Valley, New York 11560. It occupies the second floor North wing of the Locust Valley Medical Center. The practice is located in a beautiful, brand new building with an elevator and plenty of parking spaces.
Do you offer convenient appointment times?
Locust Valley Dental Group is accommodating to the busy lifestyle of its patients. Reservations can be made for time slots outside of the scheduled days and hours of operation. If you cannot visit our office during our scheduled hours, please consult our Office Manager so that we can try to accommodate your schedule. Regular practice hours are listed below:
- Monday: 10am – 7pm
- Tuesday: Closed
- Wednesday: 9am – 6pm
- Thursday: 8am – 2pm
- Friday: Closed
- Saturday: 8am – 12pm
- Sunday – Closed
Do you offer pediatric dentistry?
Locust Valley Dental practice provides dental health care to children of all ages. We follow the academy of pediactric’s remmomendation for providing dental health care beginning as early as age one for infants. Dr. Kozlowski has been providing infant, toddler, and adolescent dental care in a caring and nurturing manner for more than a decade. She focuses on preventive treatment and engages each child to help make the visit to the dentist a pleasant and restful experience. Where possible, technology is leveraged in the form of pain free lasers and overhead DVDs to give each child a one of a kind enjoyable visit to the dentist. Parent education on the dental care needs of their children is incorporated into each child’s visit.
I have a fear of the dentist, do you offer anything that can help?
Dr. Kozlowski over the course of her eleven years of dentistry has worked with a multitude of phobic patients. Dental phobia is very common among the dental patient population. Our practice’s philosophy addresses the needs of the patient to ensure a pleasant experience. Our staff is compassionate and empathetic. We offer nitrous conscious sedation (laughing gas), which facilitates relaxation for the patient. Oral sedations, for example Valium, can also be used to help relax patients, following a patient consult and exam. We take the time and care necessary to learn about our patient’s fears and design our dental regimine to accommedate them. We offer the relaxing amenities of patient choice in audio headset music and visual DVD and cable TV entertainment, all of which help distract the patient while s/he receives their dental treatment. Friendly staff, large windows, high ceilings, and a warm ambiance also help our patients feel comfortable visiting our office.
Do you do a lot of cosmetic dentistry?
Locust Valley Dental Group specializes in cosmetic dentistry. We recognize that a person’s smile can be life changing. Treatment plans range from corrrecting the shape of your teeth with veneers or crowns to complete re-construction of gum lines and placement of implants designed to enhance your smile. A simple change in the color of your teeth can actually change the appearance of your smile. Each case is designed using digital photography and models of each patient’s existing teeth. We replicate your mouth on a lab articulator and then design your new smile on a replicated model so that you can see the resulting goal of your treatment plan prior to commencement of the treatment.
Do you offer teeth whitening?
Yes, we offer two different systems for whitening your teeth. The first option available is a single visit in-office laser associated whitening of teeth. The total time frame of treatment is thirty minutes. The second option available is a two visit take home whitening kit. Please visit our office for a free consultation on which option is best for your smile.
Do you perform dental implant procedures?
Yes, Locust Valley Dental Group restores implants placed by both surgeons and periodontists. Implant restorations range from single implants to full arch reconstructions.
With which insurance companies are you a participating provider?
Locust Valley Dental Group does participate with insurance. Please call for more information.
Do you accept secondary insurance?
Yes, as a courtesy for our patients, we will submit to your secondary insurance and have them reimburse us directly.
What methods of payment does your office accept?
We accept personal checks, cash and credit/debit cards. We also provide easy access to third-party financing from Care Credit.
Can I use a flexible spending card for payment at your office?
Yes, provided it can be processed on the Visa/Mastercard platform.
How often should I get my teeth cleaned?
Frequency of cleaning depends on the health of your periodontum or gum tissue. Every individual’s mouth and oral health is different. A patient with no periodental issues should have two cleanings and two exams each year to maintain optimum oral health. Patients with periodontal issues should have four cleanings each year with examinations to monitor bone and gum levels.
Will I get a cleaning at the first appointment?
Yes, typically your first visit will include a complete cleaning and oral examination. If, however, you are seeking dental treatment because you are experiencing pain or discomfort, then we will schedule a follow up visit for your cleaning.
Are you up-to-date with dental technology?
Yes, Locust Valley Dental Group prides itself on maintaining the highest level of dental technology with the associated Doctor and Staff training to properly use cutting edge technology. We are among the leaders in dental practices that use digital patient records, digital radiograph imaging, digital intra-oral cameras, and digital insurance claim processing. We also specialize in laser treatments that employ cutting edge laser technology for injection-less fillings, oral surgery, perio surgery, and teeth whitening with minimal or no post-operative sensitivity.