Letter to our patients COVID-19

To All Our Valued Patients:

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. We truly appreciate all your patience and understanding while we have been shut down during this pandemic. We are all looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained constant: our commitment to your health and safety.

We will be reopening our clinic on June 2nd with new protocols to keep patients and team members safe.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice, and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. In anticipation of reopening, we have spent many hours studying the recommendations by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), American Dental Association (ADA) and the Wisconsin Dental Association (WDA) regarding safely treating patients during the pandemic. These recommendations have led to new protocols at Dentistry by Design which are outlined on the page below. Our team has undergone training on these new protocols, and we are committed to putting safety first.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. As we work to catch up on delayed treatment, please be patient with us.

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.
 
Sincerely,
Dr. Sledge and Team 

Donation Supports 16 Area Kindergarten Classrooms

Dentistry by Design recently had the opportunity to present 16 area kindergarten teachers with donations for use in each of their classrooms.  Kindergarten teachers at Algoma, Gibraltar, Sevastopol, Southern Door and Sturgeon Bay public schools each received a $200 donation as a result of our most recent Volunteer Day held at our Sturgeon Bay, Sister Bay an Algoma practices.  The funds were presented to the teachers with the flexibility to use in a manor they felt would best benefit their students and enhance the overall classroom experience. 

“With our most recent volunteer day funds, we knew we wanted to give back to the schools once again and the teachers that play such a pivotal role in our children’s lives.  We selected the 5K teachers because there are many things they need for their classrooms and more often than not their budgets are small so they end up using their own money to stock their rooms. With this donation they can hopefully buy extra books, plan a fun field trip or a class party and not worry where the money will come from.” – Dr. Gina Grenfell, co-owner of Dentistry by Design Sturgeon Bay.

“My mother was a teacher for 28 years.  Growing up I experienced first-hand the dedication of time, energy and resources it took to ensure that her students had the best experience possible. So, being able to utilize my professional skills along with those of our team members as a way to give back to area teachers is such a wonderful gift. We really want them to know we appreciate all that they do!” – Dr. John Sledge, owner of Dentistry by Design Sister Bay.

Dentistry by Design’s Volunteer Day is a collaboration between our team members and patients.  It combines the skills of our team with the needs of our patients as a means to give back to the community.

We aim to have three volunteer days a year at each of our three locations; Sturgeon Bay, Sister Bay and Algoma.  On each of those days our team members volunteer their time and talents to provide dental care to our patients. Two-thirds of that half day’s production is donated back to the community, with only a third retained to cover expenses like lab fees and supplies that pertain to that specific day.  Our team members that volunteer their time, collectively agree on how they want the funds to be distributed in the community.

Since the inception of the program in 2014, with the help of our patients we have proudly donated over $76,600 to individuals and families in need as well as various groups and organizations in the Door and Kewaunee County communities. Thank you to all who have made this possible as we could not have done it without you!

Can You Save Money by Skipping Dental Checkups?

Think skipping regular dental appointments will save you money in the long run?

Depends on how you want to spend your money. Skipping regular dental exams and cleanings could save you about $26.00 a month. This includes, cleaning, exam and x-rays, to help get rid of tartar buildup, prevent gum disease and keep the only set of teeth you have healthy. But, it will eventually cost you anywhere from nearly $200 – $2000 or more for the various types of treatment you may need once your gums and teeth deteriorate.

The chart below from the WDA, illustrates the cost of preventative care vs. treatment.
You decide, own your smile now or pay for costly treatment later.

Ready to schedule your appointment? Give us a call:

Sturgeon Bay: (920) 743-6976

Sister Bay: (920) 854-5200

 

Get Ready For Summer Checklist

It seems like this year, we have been waiting forever for summer to arrive and suddenly out of nowhere it is upon us. Are you ready for summer? We put together a handy list to make sure you have everything you need to have a fun, healthy and safe summer.

Got everything checked off? Don’t worry, we’ve linked to the local stores that carry the items you may need.  

  1. Flattering bathing suit
  2. Sunscreen
  3. Cool sunglasses
  4. Wide brimmed hat
  5. Fun Summer reading
  6. Toned arms and abs
  7. Beach towels
  8. Beach toys for the kids
  9. Great beach bag to carry it all in
  10. A healthy, white smile –

Look and feel your best at the beach and for all the upcoming summer events.
Plus a healthy, natural white smile looks great with a bit of a tan.
And with our new lower priced whitening special,
now is a great time to schedule your appointment:
Call Sturgeon Bay: (920) 743-6976 

Sister Bay: (920) 854-5200  

Average Monthly Cost of Dental Care

Here at Dentistry by Design, our philosophy is preventative dental care. Preventative care is far more affordable than waiting until after there is a problem. And it’s much easier. It’s as simple as brushing two times a day, flossing regularly and seeing your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups. A professional cleaning will prevent tartar buildup and gum disease, which really helps keep serious dental problems at bay.

When looking at the average monthly cost of dental care, it is less than the average cost of your cell phone bill. And in many cases, is less than what you would be paying for dental insurance on a monthly basis. Read more about the importance of seeing your dentist before there is a problem in our blog. 

The WDA put together a great infographic: 

Average Monthly cost of Dental Care
 

Ready to save on dental care? Call to schedule your cleaning and checkup today!

Sturgeon Bay
(920) 743-6976

Sister Bay
(920) 854-5200