For New Patients
Conveniences For New Issaquah Highlands Patients
We do accept most dental insurance plans, including plans from Microsoft, Amazon, Boeing, T-mobile, and Costco. Please call our office for more details! The list of insurance we accept include:
- DELTA DENTAL
- UNITED CONCORDIA
With the Choice Dental Plan, patients without insurance will be able to have a dental plan that works for them. The best part is that it is all administered in-house by us. Patients will not have to deal with any third party that only has their bottom dollar in mind. For the first time, we can gladly say, “No Insurance? No Problem!”
Plan Features Include:
Pay a one-time yearly fee ($340 /year)
- Pay only for services needed
- No insurance company hassles
- Reduced fee schedule with no deductibles
- No maximum allowance
- Plans for individuals and families
For one annual fee, you’ll receive:
- 2 basic cleanings with appropriate x-rays
- Discount on bleaching
- 2 exams
- 1 fluoride treatment – up to 18 years old
- 20% off most services like fillings, crowns, and dentures
Call us today at (425) 295-7975 and schedule an appointment.
What to Expect at Your First Visit
Your first visit is all about you – your comfort, your happiness, and your health.
We will review your dental and medical history forms, and take x-rays. Then, one of our hygienists will clean and polish your teeth as well as do a full periodontal charting. Dr. Vanama will also meet with you to do a comprehensive exam and discuss oral systemic health. After all the information is collected, we will be able to work with you to create an individual treatment plan.
Bring your smile, and remember to bring your completed patient forms and insurance card.
We recommend visiting Dr. Vanama every six months for regular checkups and routine teeth cleanings to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Your regular checkups and cleanings can last between 45 and 90 minutes.
I have been with Discovery Dental for about 3 years now. Dr. Madhuri is very professional. Last year I had my crowns done and was very happy with the outcome. They are always very accommodating and personal with your care, as well as flexible, all depending on your needs. If you don’t have insurance, they offer family plans which I believe includes preventative care. I highly recommend Dr. Vanama and her team; they truly know how to take care of their client's needs.
Alexandra A., Actual Patient
New Patient Offers Tailored For Any Patient
Frequently Asked Questions Answered by Dr. Vanama
What is dentistry?
Dentistry is the treatment of the teeth, gums, mouth, and jaw. As advocates for your health, we approach dentistry with a whole body approach where the health of your smile can impact your overall health.
Who is a dentist?
A dentist is a specialist in teeth by diagnosing, treating, and preventing oral health problems. Dr. Vanama has completed at least eight years of schooling at SCB Medical College/Utkal University and University of Southern California and received a DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) degree. There may be times where she partners with other oral health specialists depending on your smile’s function and health.
Other specializations include:
- Pediatric dentist
- Endodontics (root canals)
- Oral and maxillofacial (including pathology, radiology, and surgery)
- Orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics
- Periodontics (gum disease)
- Prosthodontics (implants)
Why is visiting the dentist so important?
Visiting Dr. Vanama every six months will keep your teeth, mouth, and body healthy. Dental care is important because it:
- Prevents tooth decay
- Prevents periodontal (gum) disease (leading cause of tooth and bone loss)
- Prevents bad breath
- Gives you a more confident, bright smile
- Maintains the strength and durability of your teeth
My teeth feel fine. Do I still need to see a dentist?
Your teeth may feel fine, but problems can exist without you knowing. Dr. Vanama can spot tiny issues before becoming bigger problems, which cannot be seen with the naked eye. By visiting the dentist regularly, you can rest assured your smile is in good hands and keep you smiling for life.
What should I look for when choosing the right dentist for me?
It’s important you choose an Issaquah family dentist who is genuinely looking out for your best interests – not your wallet. When you research for several dentists and schedule that first important, consider the following:
- Is the dental team friendly and answering all of my questions clearly?
- Is the office easy to find?
- Does the office feel like home and is it filled with the latest dental technologies?
- Does the dentist explain and visually show you what’s going on with your smile?
- Does the dentist answer all of your questions? Does the team present you the costs of treatment before scheduling it?
How can I take care of my teeth between dental checkups?
- ALWAYS remember to brush your teeth at least two times a day, and floss at least once!
- Use toothpaste with fluoride, and get fluoride treatment at every checkup to prevent cavities.
- Avoid foods with a lot of sugar and avoid tobacco.
- Brush your tongue! Brushing your tongue removes food particles, reduces the amount of plaque-causing bacteria, and freshens your breath.
- Be sure to schedule your routine checkup every six months.
At what age should I start taking my child to see the dentist?
According to The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), children should visit their first dentist no later than one year of age. Your child’s baby teeth will be coming in, and Dr. Vanama can examine the health of your child’s baby teeth and ensure your child’s smile is on the right path to optimal health.
How often should I see the dentist?
Everyone should visit the dentist for an exam and hygiene appointment every six months. Patients who are at a higher risk for oral cancer or gum disease may be asked to see the dentist more than just twice a year. At your first visit, Dr. Vanama will discuss her recommendations for how much you should come in for checkups.
What is a cavity?
A cavity is a small hole building inside the tooth from tooth decay. Tooth decay happens from plaque buildup combined with sugars and starches in the food you eat. In turn, acid is produced and eats away the tooth’s enamel, creating the cavity. If left untreated, it can lead to more serious oral health problems and complex restorative dentistry services. To prevent cavities, brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once.
What is a filling?
A filling is used to fill a cavity after Dr. Vanama removes all of the tooth decay. The process is getting fillings are usually painless because your dentist will numb your mouth with an anesthetic. At Discovery Dental, we only use metal-free fillings (composite) to blend with your smile. If you have mercury fillings, ask us how we can remove them for you.
How often should I brush my teeth?
According to the American Dental Association, you should brush your teeth at least twice a day. Brushing removes plaque and keeps your teeth and gums clean and healthy. We advise you use a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste containing fluoride to prevent cavities further. Brush your teeth for 2 minutes, and don’t forget to brush your tongue!
When should I change my toothbrush?
The bristles in a toothbrush will fray over time. Dr. Vanama recommends changing your toothbrush every three months.
If you have gum disease, you’re encouraged to change your toothbrush every four to six weeks. If you’ve been sick, be sure to change your toothbrush as soon as possible.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease (periodontal disease) is plaque and bacteria buildup in the gums. It has stages, including:
- Gingivitis: The beginning stage of gum disease and is treatable if caught early. Brushing your teeth and visiting Dr. Vanama regularly will help prevent gingivitis.
- Advanced gum disease: If left untreated, gingivitis will lead to tooth and bone loss, and is a permanent condition
Common signs of gum disease, include:
- Red, irritated, bleeding, or swollen gums
- Chronic bad breath
- Loose teeth, or loss of teeth
- Extreme tooth sensitivity
- Receding gum line
- Abscessed teeth
If I have braces, do I still need dental checkups every six months?
Yes! It’s essential your visit the dentist regularly while getting orthodontic treatment. With braces, food may be caught in places that your toothbrush can’t reach. If not removed, bacteria builds up, leading to cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Dr. Vanama will work closely with your orthodontist to make sure your teeth stay clean and healthy while wearing braces.
How do I schedule my next checkup?
Simply call us at 425-295-7975! Our front desk staff will be happy to help schedule your next dental checkup at your convenience. If you are a new patient, please let us know, and we will provide you with all the information you need for your first dental visit.