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GPS Dental Welcomes Back Patients for Routine Dental Appointments
Dear GPS Dental Family,
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, including routine dental appointments.
While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.
Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice, and you may have seen this during your visits to our office for dental appointments. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it is both safe and comfortable.
We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our
practice to keep patients and staff safe.
Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the:
- American Dental Association (ADA)
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up to date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.
You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff.
- Our office will communicate with you before your dental appointments to ask some screening questions. You will be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
- We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
- You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
- Dental appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you are offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
- We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.
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.
To make an appointment, please call our office at (210)633-3477 or visit our website at GPSDentalSA.com.
Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.
Dr. Gary Skrobanek and the GPS Dental Team
COVID-19 UPDATE from GPS Dental
During our current National Emergency concerning the COVID-19 virus, we would like to assure you that at GPS Dental, your health, safety and well-being is our highest priority.
We are open for EMERGENCY DENTAL APPOINTMENTS at this time.
You can feel safe knowing that all our clinical areas are, and always have been, treated with standards that far exceed all state and federal guidelines. Our team is highly trained annually, using guidelines set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Our training, coupled with our commitment to the highest standards of care, will see us through this unusual time calmly and successfully.
In addition, you can feel confident that we are taking the following precautionary measures in the common areas:
- We will be increasing the frequency of disinfecting all door handles, reception area surfaces, furniture, credit card terminals, restrooms and more.
- We have removed all shared magazines and newspapers.
- Patients can check in for their appointments by calling from our parking lot and wait in their car for their appointment. We’ll call you when our Team is ready for your appointment.
- Remember, all New Patient Forms are available on our website to print & complete at home, before your appointment.
- All non-essential items at the check-out desks such as pens, business cards and candies will be removed from the counter and still available by request.
We are counting on you to help us get through this as well. If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, or if you, or someone you have been in contact with, have traveled out of the country in the last 21 days, please call our office at 210-633-3477 to discuss rescheduling your appointment. (There will NOT be appointment cancellation charges at this time.)
Please know that we are closely monitoring the evolving situation and are following all CDC and ADA guidelines.
CDC Guidelines: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
American Dental Association Infection Control: COVID-10
American Heart Association: Coronavirus and Heart Health | (COVID-19) Resources
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Thank you for your understanding and support during this time. Please be assured that we are here for you, and we welcome all communications.
Stay healthy and keep Smiling!
Dr. Gary Skrobanek & Team
San Antonio Affordable Dental Care at GPS Dental
At GPS Dental, we know how important quality, affordable dental care is to our patients in San Antonio. Dr. Skrobanek and his team always strive to offer services that provide wonderful results with our sincere and precise work. We’ve been in the business of helping people achieve their best smiles since 2013, and we love helping your entire family.
Our range of services include:
- Enamel shaping
- White fillings
- Cosmetic dentistry options
- Teeth whitening
- Dental implants
- Sleep apnea treatment
- TMJ treatment
- Dentures and partials
- Sports mouthguards
- Full mouth rehabilitation and more!
More Dental Services: https://gpsdentalsa.com/dental-services-san-antonio/
Payment and Financing with GPS Dental
We want to remove the stress of financial barriers with our dental services, and though insurance plans can cover a portion of your treatment, we know that all expenses are not covered by insurance. That’s why we accept multiple payment options, such as cash, check, credit card, or CareCredit Medical/Dental Card.
CareCredit Interest-Free Payments
With Care Credit, we aim to remove the stress of immediate payment. Whether you’re uninsured or underinsured, with CareCredit, you can pay in interest-free installments. Simply apply online. We have payment plans for:
- 3 months
- 6 months
- 12 months
- 48 months with extended financing
If you’re unsure of what your insurance will cover, please bring in your insurance plan information and we will work with you, and your insurance, to make sure you are getting maximum benefits and can file most insurance claims for you. Read more here about how to maximize your dental benefits before they expire each year. Call our office for a list of providers and to schedule your appointment today!
Dr. Gary P. Skrobanek’s experienced and friendly team at GPS Dental offers affordable dental care for all ages in San Antonio, TX area. Our Brooks City Base dentist office is conveniently located and offers early morning appointment times Monday through Friday to meet your needs. At GPS Dental, we promote dental health awareness to our patients and provide most dental services, from family and general dentistry to dental implants, sleep apnea, TMJ / TMD Treatment, cosmetic dentistry and much more. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Call us at 210-633-3477 to make an appointment.
Brooks City Base Dentist: GPS Dental Office Spotlight on Dr. Gary Skrobanek, DDS
Many of you may not know that Dr. Gary Skrobanek of GPS Dental is actually a native of San Antonio. We thought it would be fun for you to get to know this Brooks City Base Dentist a little bit!
Brooks City Base Dentist: Local Education
- He attended Highlands High School, located just a few minutes from his office.
- Dr. Skrobanek remained in San Antonio to complete his college degree at The University of Texas in San Antonio.
- Upon completion of his undergraduate degree, he attended The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
- When he graduated in 1994, he was recognized for his continuous excellence in clinical skills.
Brooks City Base Dentist: Your Home Grown Dentist
Dr. Skrobanek began private practice immediately, and joined a group practice on the South side of San Antonio in 1996 where he remained for 16 years.
In January of 2013 Dr. Skrobanek formed GPS Dental in the Brooks City Base area of San Antonio. He loves serving and being involved in his childhood community. He and his GPS Team are so excited to see the area completely transform with everything from restaurants and retail shops, to entertainment and family-friendly open spaces. Seeing the Brooks community grow and prosper is a dream come true!
Click here to learn more about the Brooks City Base area!
Brooks City Base Dentist: The Art & Science of Dentistry
Dr. Skrobanek views dentistry as a marriage between art and science, which is a component that people don’t usually get to see or experience. That’s why he and his team are very focused on their patients, their dental care and how it affects their overall health.
“Building my patients’ self-confidence by caring for their oral health is so important to me,” said Dr. Skrobankek. “And having the opportunity to sculpt my patients’ teeth, giving them the beautiful smile they never thought would be possible for them to have is my passion. It’s an amazing journey that my team and I are able to experience with our patients every single day and I’m very blessed to be able to give back to community that I have always loved so much.”
Brooks City Base Dentist: Dental Care Services
Dr. Skrobanek’s commitment to continuing education has allowed him to practice a broader spectrum of dental care in one setting. This care includes implantology and sedation dentistry, as well as cosmetic dentistry and routine care. Dr. Skrobanek is experienced in complex wisdom tooth extractions and treats TMJ disorders by analyzing a patient’s bite and jaw function.
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When not creating smiles, Dr. Skrobanek loves to spend time with his wife and three daughters. His hobbies include playing the guitar, fishing, snow skiing, and being outdoors.
He holds memberships in the San Antonio District Dental Society, TDA, and ADA. Dr. Skrobanek is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, a society that studies dental therapies for sleep disturbances.
Brooks City Base Dentist: Come Visit Us
If you haven’t dropped by to visit this home-grown dentist, Dr. Gary Skrobanek, and his expert team at GPS Dental in the Brooks City Base area of San Antonio, we welcome you to schedule an appointment. We would love for you to make GPS Dental part of your family’s tradition.
Dr. Gary P. Skrobanek and his experienced, friendly team at GPS Dental offer affordable family dentistry and gentle dental care in the San Antonio, TX area. Our Brooks City Base dentist office is conveniently located and offers early morning appointment times Monday through Friday to meet your needs. At GPS Dental, we provide most dental services, from family and general dentistry to dental implants, sleep apnea, TMJ / TMD Treatment, cosmetic dentistry and much more. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Call us at (210) 633-3477 to make an appointment.
GPS Dental Office Spotlight on Michelle
We’d like to introduce you to Michelle, the Office Manager at the GPS Dental office. You have to understand that Michelle isn’t just one of our employees; she’s part of the GPS Dental Family.
You see Michelle has been working with the patients of GPS Dental since the very first day we opened our doors on January 31, 2013. However, she’s been working with Dr. Gary Skrobanek since July 14, 2007!
When we asked Michelle a few questions about herself, so our patients could get to know her better and we wanted to share her answers with you, our amazing patients.
What is your favorite thing about your job at GPS Dental?
“I love everything about my job at the GPS Dental office; from Dr. Skrobanek and his wonderful family to the staff that we have made a part of our family. But most of all, I love our patients. I love that a lot of our patients have been seeing Dr. Skrobanek for many years, so we have seen each other grow. Our patients are more like family with GPS Dental than at any other practice I have been in.”
How do you like to make your patients feel when they come to the dental office?
“I like to make our patients feel like part of our family. The dental office can be scary for some people so we try to create a warm, comfortable, genuine environment where our patients can relax.”
What is important to you about your job?
“As the office manager at GPS Dental, it is important to make sure our patients are happy and satisfied with their entire experience in our dental office. A huge factor is being sure things are running smoothly within the practice so that there is no tension in the atmosphere.”
What are the top 5 most common dental insurance companies you work with for your GPS patients?
- Cigna Dental PPO
- United Helathcare PPO
- Delta Dental Premier
- Humana Dental PPO
- Aetna Dental
What are the top 5 most common procedures that are covered by dental insurance that surprise your patients?
Patients are sometimes surprised with insurance coverage for:
- EZ Align Orthodontic Treatment
- OSA Appliances
We strongly encourage pre-treatment estimates for these types of procedures.
When you are working with a patient who has a treatment plan, what steps do you discuss to explore payment?
“We go through the treatment plans and encourage patients to pre-pay their estimated patient portion in full with cash or check to receive a 10% discount (this can be a substantial amount with higher cost treatment plans). Patients also have the option of paying with debit, credit or FSA card as treatment is completed. For patients needing payment plans, we assist in applying for Care Credit which currently offers 6-month and 12-month deferred interest plans (with a minimum charge amount) and 24 and 48-month extended payment plans with a reduced interest charge. You can apply for Care Credit in our dental office or apply online.”
What are the most common health care concerns that your patients face?
“The most common health care concerns that affect our patients are Diabetes, Heart Disease and Periodontal Disease.”
What are the top 5 most common procedures your patients need?
- Dentures and Partials
- Wisdom Teeth Removal
- OSA Appliances
When you’re not here working, what are your favorite things to do?
“I love the outdoors so I love spending time at parks, swimming, hiking and traveling with my family.”
What is your favorite toothbrush?
“I use the Oral B Power Brush … it’s my personal favorite!”
Remember, “If you go out on a limb, you may discover you can fly”, one of Michelle’s favorite quotes.
Thank you, Michelle, for your hard work, positive attitude and going above and beyond all expectations when you work with each and every one of our amazing patients!