We want to take the surprise out of your visit to our dental office in Phoenix, Arizona. Here are some of the most common questions that our patients ask about some of the services that we offer at Desert Foothills Dental. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us!

When can I schedule an appointment at your dental office?
We are open from 7am-7pm, Monday through Thursday, and we offer a variety of cleaning and exam appointments. Many of which are available the same day for your convenience. We even have a “Walk-Ins Welcome” sign in if you happen to be walking by and would like a cleaning. Emergency visits are seen the same day. We are not a high volume, drill-and-fill shop so we can get you in for treatment within a few days of seeing you for the examination.

Is your dental office open on Friday and Saturday (the weekend)?
Our dental office is open from 7am-7pm, Monday through Thursday, and we have recently opened hours on Saturdays 8am-5pm. We offer hours before and after work or school, so you don’t have to waste a vacation day to get your dental care.

Is your dental office taking new patients?
We love new patients and we are always welcoming new patients. We even have a “Walk-Ins Welcome” sign in if you happen to be walking by and would like a cleaning. We may be even able to get you in right away for treatment if the schedule permits. Come by and see us. We can’t wait to meet you!

Does your dental office see children?
We are a family practice that takes a wide variety of ages, including children, in our office. We love kids. We can see children, as long as the child is able to sit in the chair for the treatment and likes to have fun!

Is your dental office mercury-free?
The answer is YES! Mercury or silver fillings (amalgam) are an out dated technology that is no longer the best way to restore a tooth. They last a long time and have been around for well over 100 years, however they tend to make the teeth susceptible to fractures when they start to break down. For this reason, we only use tooth colored bonded resins to do our fillings. They are stronger and look better than the old silver fillings. We do not advocate removing the fillings if they are still serviceable.

How long will my dental procedure take?
Dental procedures like fillings and crowns vary in treatment time depending on how much tooth decay you may have. Sometimes new problems become visible once all of the tooth decay is removed revealing larger problems like fractured teeth or root canal exposures. For this reason, it is sometimes not possible to give an accurate time for completion of a scheduled procedure. However, we do our best to be as accurate as possible, in order for you to plan your day out accordingly.

Why do I need to floss my teeth?
Flossing reaches areas below the gums and in-between the teeth where a tooth brush and mouthwash cannot reach. These areas account for up to two thirds of the area of your teeth. Not flossing is equivalent to taking a bath and not washing your body between your legs, underarm pits, fingers, and toes.

Why are dental X-rays necessary?
Dental X-rays reveal tooth structures that cannot be seen with a visual examination that are located under the gums. Structures like cavities, bone levels, and tooth infections can only be seen by using dental X-rays. The doctor cannot give you an accurate examination of your mouth without good X-rays to help him.

Does your office do dental implants, extractions (3rd molars), IV Sedation, and braces?
The answer to this question is YES! We offer general dentistry services like crowns, bridges, fillings, and cleanings. We also offer specialty services including implant placement and restorations, wisdom teeth extractions, with or without IV sedation (Oral Surgery), Root Canals (Endodontics), and Periodontic Deep Cleanings (Scale and Root Planning). Currently, we do not offer braces (Orthodontics), but we do have some great orthodontist that we can refer you to in the area.

What is smile design/cosmetic dentistry?
Our cosmetic smile design services help you transform your smile into one that you feel confident in. Dr. Pulley addresses your main concerns and offers alternatives to lessen the impact of teeth that are crooked, stained, chipped, worn, or discolored.

What type of cosmetic dentistry do I need?
One of the benefits of cosmetic dentistry is that you can pick and choose the services that address your specific concerns, but still fit your budget. For instance, some people elect to whiten their teeth and bond any chipped or worn areas, while others want dramatic results with several porcelain veneers.

How long does a smile makeover take?
Depending on the type of cosmetic dentistry treatments that you choose from, your smile makeover may take only one visit or as many as two or three to complete. Dr. Pulley can give you a customized care plan outlining the appointments necessary after your evaluation.

Are smile makeovers expensive?
Dr. Pulley can create a smile makeover plan that works around your budget. If certain types of restorations are needed, like porcelain crowns or composite fillings, your insurance may cover a portion of the treatment. Elective options like whitening or veneers can be tailored to your budget by our variety of payment plans.

Am I a candidate for sedation dentistry?
We have sedation options for just about everyone. Whether you simply want to relax through your dental cleaning or would rather be completely sedated, (for example, during dental implant therapy), our sedation dentistry program has something for you. After reviewing your medical history, Dr. Brent Pulley will make a recommendation as to whether or not sedation is appropriate.

How do I know if I need to go to the hospital for sedation dentistry?
Dr. Pulley typically reserves hospital sedation for patients with special needs, extensive treatments, or severe anxiety. He has held special privileges with the Banner Hospital System for over 25 years, and worked alongside of their medical anesthesiologist for cases such as these.

Which type of sedation dentistry is right for me?
With several types of sedation available, it may feel overwhelming when it comes to choosing the one that is right for you or your family member. Our dental office in the Ahwatukee Foothills offers every type of dental sedation service available, including IV sedation, oral sedation, nitrous oxide, and even privileged access to hospital sedation. We can answer any questions that you have during your treatment consultation, helping you select the type of sedation that is ideal for your personal needs.

Is sedation dentistry safe?
Absolutely. Our knowledgeable dentists, Dr. Brent Pulley, has been a certified sedation dentist for over 25 years. This privilege is not available to just any dentist – there are extensive requirements for education, licensure, and continuing education for sedation dentists like Dr. Pulley. We’ve provided thousands of safe sedation procedures to people just like you!

Do my wisdom teeth need to be extracted?
Your wisdom teeth only need to be removed if they are diseased or causing problems among your other teeth, such as crowding, decay, periodontal disease, impaction, or even facial swelling and pain. After Dr. Pulley examines a panoramic X-ray of your teeth and jaws, he can make a recommendation as to whether or not your wisdom teeth need to be extracted.

Does it hurt to have my wisdom teeth removed?
Our dental office in the Ahwatukee Foothills takes your comfort very seriously. If you are nervous about discomfort that you may feel during your wisdom tooth removal surgery, we suggest looking into our sedation dentistry services. We have a level of sedation for every anxious patient, so that you can enjoy the most comfortable extraction possible.

Why do I need a bone graft after removing a tooth?
Bone grafts fill the hole left in your jaw after a tooth is removed. This treatment promotes healing of the extraction site, prevents bone defects, and strengthens the jaw where the tooth was lost. Bone grafts are not required if the patient is not planning on restoring the missing area. However, there is a good chance that area will have a bone defect at the extraction site. Bone grafts are absolutely critical to the success of placement of the dental implant.

Am I a candidate for dental implant therapy?
Thanks to the advancements in dental implant materials and placement techniques, more people are candidates for implant therapy than ever before! Dr. Pulley will need to examine your mouth, including taking a series of digital X-rays to assess your bone and oral health before determining whether dental implants are right for you.

How many teeth can you replace with a dental implant?
Because implant roots are so strong, you can use them to support more weight than a natural tooth. For instance, Dr. Pulley routinely uses as few as four implants to support permanent All-on-4 Dentures. Two implants can be used to support a fixed bridge, or a single dental implant to replace one missing tooth with a porcelain crown.

How long do dental implants last?
You’ll be thrilled to know that dental implants can last for your entire life! Each artificial root is anchored into your bone, similar to the way your natural teeth are. When properly cared for and examined routinely, Desert Foothills Dental can help you keep your implant healthy for as long as you live.

Does your dental office take my Insurance?
We love insurance and many work well in our office. It depends on the type of insurance you have. Your insurance will cover your exams, cleanings, and X-rays at 100%, if you have an insurance that lets you go wherever you like (PPO). Other treatment in the office is covered between 40-75% depending on the insurance level chosen by you or your employer. Exclusive plans, like HMO or DMO, only allow you to go to an “in-network provider” and are not accepted by anyone not “in-network” with them. We are “in-network” with Delta Dental and accept any Dental PPO insurances with “out-of-network” benefits.

Does my insurance cover my dental treatment at 100 percent?
The answer to this question in most cases is no. No dental insurance will cover all treatments at 100 percent. However, most dental insurance will cover your exams, cleanings, and X-rays at 100%. Other treatment in the office is covered between 40-75% depending on the insurance level chosen by you or your employer. Dental PPO insurances allow you to choose your dental provider. Exclusive plans, like HMO or DMO, only allow you to go to an “in network provider” and are not accepted by anyone not “in-network” with them. We are “in-network” with Delta Dental and accept any Dental PPO insurances with “out-of-network” benefits.

Does your dental office offer a discount on my dental treatment?
The answer to this question is Yes! We offer a variety of “off-peak- time” new patient specials, whitening deals, and seasonal specials. We also have an in-house dental plan that offers from 15-20% treatment and 50% Scale and Root Planning procedures. Call our front office team for details.


  • Open as early as 7AM and as late as 7PM
  • Emergency appointments
  • We accept most insurances
  • 0% financing available
  • Spanish speaking