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No downtime for dentists during December

Last Updated Dec 26, 2019 at 12:53 pm PDT

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Summary

Most insurance policies set an annual cap on spending with a deadline of Dec. 31

Anyone who wants to avoid the end of year rush can do so by planning ahead and booking before December starts

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — December is the busiest time of year for dentists, and it’s not because people overindulge in sugary sweets.

Most insurance policies set an annual cap on spending with a deadline of Dec. 31.

“It’s really important that people know that, and maximize their insurance. Because, if they don’t use it they’ll literally lose the amount that they could have put towards any dental treatment or cleaning,” explains Dr. Masha Soraya, with Angel Care Dental in Delta.

Soraya says all four dentists at the practice have been booked solid since the week before Christmas.

“It has been crazy. Our doctors have been working 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. which is totally out of our normal hours,” she says. “We’re just taking the one day off and then we’re fully booked until right up until Jan. 1.”

She says anyone who wants to avoid the end of year rush can do so by planning ahead.

“Please people be proactive. Don’t wait until Christmas or Dec. 1. Book your appointment in November and truly use your dental plan. You’re paying for it so you might as well use it.”

The first few weeks of the new year are generally the quietest around the office, as even those who wait for their insurance to reset to book an appointment don’t tend to rush in as soon as the calendar flips.