Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

If you have a question, we have the answer! We listed some of our most common frequently asked questions here. Have a look through them and give us a call if you do not see your question listed here or if you have a specific question about your insurance coverage or treatment.

You can also contact us through our handy contact form and we will get back to you in a timely fashion.

Yes. Dr. Tuttle is currently welcoming new patients of all ages. Our comprehensive approach to treatment allows us to tailor your treatment to meet your needs at every life stage.

We welcome your children to our office and look forward to partnering with you to create a healthy dental foundation that lasts your little one a lifetime. We strive to make each child’s experience a positive one and our team loves working with children.

Teens have unique dental needs. They may require orthodontics or they might have troublesome wisdom teeth, we will keep an eye on their conditions and bring anything you should know about to your attention. Teens sometimes need gentle guidance to keep up with their home care. We can gently guide them in the techniques that will keep their teeth and gums healthy.

Even if you’re an adult, you are not exempt from potential dental problems. As you age, your teeth show signs of wear. We can help you protect them with quality restorations and preventative treatments.

Our senior patients require personalized dental care. Because your health conditions and dental health are closely related, we will take extra care so that you can eat the foods you love and smile with confidence.

We look forward to helping you achieve and maintain excellent dental health.

We know that you probably want to get in and out of your appointment quickly and, sometimes, if you do not have pain or an obvious dental problem, you may wonder why you need to have x-rays.

The truth is that we would never recommend treatment to our patients that we would not recommend to our own family members. Because we use digital x-rays, you will not be in the dental chair for very long. When we take digital radiographs, they appear almost immediately on our computer monitors.

X-rays are an important part of diagnosis and treatment. While a visual exam is important, it does not help Dr. Tuttle to see what is happening inside your tooth, under your gum line, or between your teeth. X-rays allow us to see much more than our eyes alone. That allows us to diagnose your conditions early, saving you time and money in the future.

Their cost is affordable compared to the benefits they provide and because we use only digital x-rays, they are incredibly safe with up to 80% less radiation in most cases. We only take the x-rays necessary for accurate diagnosis and prevention in order to protect your smile!

We want to make dental care easy and convenient for our patients. That is why we are a preferred provider for most major dental insurance plans. Some of the insurance companies we work with include:

Delta Dental
Metlife Tricare
United Concordia
United Healthcare

If you do not see your insurance company listed here, give us a call. Additionally, if you have questions about your specific coverage, call your insurance company and ask for coverage & benefits or give us a call and we can do our best to answer those for you.

We want to help you avoid surprises when it comes to the cost of your dental care. We will always be up front about cost with you, but we cannot guarantee coverage from any insurance company.

We understand that insurance can be tricky and we will work with you to help you to determine your out-of-pocket expenses.

We do not participate in any discount programs, DHMOs, or Medicaid.

We are open on some Fridays by appointment only from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. To find out which Fridays we are available, give us a call!

We know that many of our patients have anxiety when it comes to dental treatment. You are not alone! We want to make each of your visits as relaxing and enjoyable as possible. Our team is compassionate, friendly, and genuinely cares for your comfort.

We understand, though, that sometimes that is not enough. That is why we offer two levels of sedation dentistry. Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is mild form of sedation that relaxes you during treatment. Because it enters and leaves your system quickly, it is safe and you can drive yourself to your appointment. Nitrous oxide is safe for most patients of all ages.

We also offer oral sedation using a medication called Halcion. This drug will put you in a drowsy state and has an amnesic effect, which means that you won’t remember the details of your dental procedure afterward. We will schedule a separate appointment for you to sign the necessary consent forms and to discuss any potential side effects of the medication prior to your procedure.

We do not currently offer IV sedation.

If you have anxiety or fear of the dentist, tell us about it! Letting us know your concerns helps us to make you comfortable.

We understand that finding out you need dental work can be stressful and it leaves you with numerous questions. When it comes to your health, making the right decision is incredibly important, so asking for a second opinion is natural because you want to stay healthy!

That is why we are happy to schedule a brief appointment with Dr. Tuttle at no charge in order for you to have an opportunity to discuss your conditions and potential treatment options.

In order to be able to offer you specific information about your conditions, we would need to perform a comprehensive evaluation to see firsthand what is going on with your teeth and gums.

A dental consultation is more of a conversation and an opportunity for you to ask our experts some questions to help you make a good decision to support your health. If you have questions about what type of appointment you need, give our Colorado Springs dental office a call. Our team is helpful, friendly, and will be able to guide you toward the next step in improving your dental health.

If you have questions about treatment we recommended in our office, we encourage you to ask! We always want our patients to feel completely comfortable with the information we provide.

We do not accept Medicaid at this time.