Dr. Steed's goal during the initial appointment is to understand the unique situation of each patient and to provide a correct diagnosis with appropriate non-surgical treatment plan options. Her goals for TMJ patients are to reduce or eliminate pain, improve the facial and TMJ function and to provide long-term stabilization. The initial consultation usually lasts 2 – 2 1/2 hours to provide the necessary diagnosis and treatment plan. Besides a complete history and comprehensive examination of the head, neck and face, x-rays (including TMJ x-rays) and Psychometric Analysis are provided to justify the presence of each patient's pain. The Psychometric Analysis ( the TMJ Scale) is an American Dental Association approved test which discerns TMJ pain from other facial pain not related to TMD. It also provides an understanding of stress levels and other psychological factors.
The Treatment Plan Presentation will consist of a customized plan detailing diagnosis, non-surgical treatment options and treatment fee.
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your consultation:
- Completed Patient Information Forms, including present healthcare providers' names and addresses. A new patient packet will be mailed to you once your initial appointment has been scheduled.
- A list of medications you are presently taking.
- A recent form of identification, such as a driver's license.
- Medical insurance card and dental insurance card.
Dr. Steed is available to see patients Monday through Thursday from 8:00 – 4:00. Your first appointment will be scheduled as quickly as possible.
We respect your time by staying on schedule. However, on occasion, circumstances may lengthen the time allocated for a procedure or a patient emergency may require immediate attention. We appreciate your patience and understanding. Each patient is special to us.Please call us at (317) 338-6464 with any questions and/or to schedule an appointment.
Financial Policy Insurance
The initial appointment fee will be quoted to you when you schedule your examination and consultation appointment. Fees may vary depending on your specific diagnostic testing needs. Treatment fees will always be given to you before treatment begins.
If you have medical insurance, we will file this for you as a courtesy since Dr. Steed is not a provider for any specific medical insurance companies. Since the TMJ is a joint, medical insurance is usually filed before dental insurance is submitted. Payment for the initial examination appointment is due at the time of the examination. If treatment is needed, various fee schedule options will be offered.Please bring your insurance cards (both medical and dental) during your initial examination appointment so we can try to expedite insurance reimbursement. For your convenience we accept cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express cards. We also provide various options with Care Credit, which is a national financing company designed to help patients obtain funding for treatment.