Brazos Dental Associates

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

When it comes to your dental care, you have a right to ask questions.

At Brazos Dental Associates, we believe that no question is too small. You're not expected to be an expert in your dental care – that's our job! But there are often decisions to be made about certain treatments where you need to feel like you can turn to a trusted source who has your best interest at heart.

Patient education plays a huge part in the services we provide, and we take the time to thoroughly answer your questions while you're in our office. But there's always one more question that comes to you, so we've listed a few that we tend to hear more often. If yours isn't listed here, please don't hesitate to contact us, and a helpful member of our team will do everything possible to help you find the answer you need.


We believe your child deserves the very best possible start with their oral health. That is why we refer infants and toddlers to trained pediatric specialists. When they've outgrown the need for a pediatric dentist, we'll take over.

We generally like to introduce children to our practice around the age of 12 to take over their dental needs as they progress into teen years and adulthood. At this age, the pediatric portion of their dental development will have taken place. They usually have all their permanent teeth, and we can check to see how things are developing and perform services like exams and cleanings. 

Even older children need a little friendly encouragement when it comes to dental visits. If this is your child’s first visit with us, we’ll take all the time needed for them to get comfortable with us. The goal of this visit is for us to meet them and let them see that going to the dentist can actually be an enjoyable experience! We'll show them equipment they're not used to and show them how it's used. We'll perform the usual exam and, if necessary we'll use digital x-rays (no film), to take pictures of their mouth to get a baseline for future treatment.

We understand how important it is that we gradually get your child used being around us in the office environment. Dr. Rychetsky and our professional team take all the time necessary to treat kids of all ages with the special attention they need to help them feel safe and secure.

As parents, we know that you probably have concerns about your older child’s first trip to the dentist. Please do not hesitate to contact our College Station dental office, and we’ll be happy to arrange a visit so you can get to know Dr. Rychetsky and our caring team.

While dental insurance is a great benefit to receiving dental care, most insurances place restrictions on reimbursement for care received, such as deductibles, co-pays, and annual maximums. Our office staff has decades of experience in understanding and explaining your individual insurance plans so you can maximize this useful resource.

Your first appointment at Brazos Dental Associates sets the stage for our continued dental relationship. First impressions are important, and we want you to be completely comfortable with us. In addition, the initial exam will provide us both with an overview of the condition of your oral health and allow us to develop a plan for treatment that is customized precisely for your needs.

We generally plan two hours for an initial exam and cleaning. Dr. Rychetsky uses the time to:

  • Review your medical and dental history
  • Take digital x-rays as needed
  • Chart your teeth and existing restorations
  • Talk to you about your chief concerns

Dr. Rychetksy then assesses developing cavities and will review with you any needed dental work. This includes the general overall health of your mouth to check for gum disease, cavities, oral cancer, and any problems developing with your TMJ muscles. While most patients go on to have their regular preventive cleaning at this time, patients who have gum disease will be scheduled to come back for deep cleanings specifically designed to address the condition.

Is it time for your next check-up and cleaning? Please call our College Station dental office, and we'll be happy to arrange a convenient appointment.

Dental x-rays are an important diagnostic tool. They have been used safely for years to diagnose such problems as cavities, bone and gum disease, and even tumors that couldn’t otherwise be identified. Regarding the safety of x-rays in general, it’s important to realize that you are constantly exposed to some level of radiation from sources like the sun, minerals in soil, and even your microwave.

At Brazos Dental Associates, we do not use traditional x-rays. Instead, we use state-of-the-art digital radiography. This updated version gives us finely detailed images of your teeth that help direct us us about making important decisions about your dental care. We prefer to use digital x-rays because they reduce your exposure, eliminate the need for traditional films, and are safer for the environment.

How often we take x-rays depends on your dental history and current condition. For some patients, it may be necessary to take x-rays twice a year. Some patients who see us regularly and don't have a history of chronic oral health problems and gum disease may only need x-rays every few years. If you're a new patient to our practice, we may take digital x-rays as part of your first exam for a baseline that will allow us to monitor changes to your oral health in the future.

Your safety and comfort are very important to us, and you are always welcome to talk to us about your concerns. Please contact us if you have questions or would like to schedule your next dental exam and cleaning.

We know that fear of dental pain is a huge problem for many people. It may be so severe that you tend to avoid visits to the dentist altogether.

We understand your feelings, but the team at Brazos Dental Associates would like to show you that dentistry is nothing to be afraid of, especially when you’re being cared for by professionals who are always focused on you and your complete comfort.

One of the ways we help you overcome your fear is by taking the time to get to know you. When you’re comfortable with the people who are treating you, you’re more likely to relax. Over time, we’ll work to develop the kind of relationship with you that builds trust and makes your dental care free of stress.

Dr. Rychetsky has been treating patients for over 15 years and stays current with all the latest techniques for making your treatment as comfortable as possible. Our team will support and encourage you throughout the process because we know you’ll feel more at ease when you know we’re looking out for your best interest.

If you’d like to see for yourself how comfortable high quality dentistry can be, please contact our College Station dental office to arrange your next appointment.

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