Adriana Barrera DDS Comprehensive, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry

General & Cosmetic Dentistry & Emergency Dentist located in Torrance, CA

When you don’t have the time or the ability to visit your dental office for any dental care, you can use telehealth! The exceptional team at Adriana Barrera DDS offers telehealth to new and existing patients, offering you the ability to videoconference with your dentist regarding your concerns and/or symptoms and receive recommendations by Dr. Barrera. In some instances you may be referred to a specialist and/or prescribed antibiotics while in the comfort of your own home. You can request a virtual appointment online, or if you would like to learn more about how to register for telehealth, please call our office. Our friendly staff can provide the information you need to access virtual dental services.

Telehealth Q & A

What is telehealth?

Telehealth is an easy-to-use, HIPAA-compliant way to receive quality dental care and advice virtually rather than in person.

The process is simple. After you request a virtual appointment, your provider sends a calendar invite with a link to digital registration forms (more information below). You will need to complete the forms and using the link provided, meet your provider online on the date and time specified in your invitation.

How does telehealth work?

Your telehealth platform offers services such as:

Two-way, high-definition video

With telehealth, you use videoconferencing so that you have a face-to-face meeting with your provider — as if you are sitting together in your dental office.

Digital patient registration

You register online, where you can submit your symptoms, allergies, medications, medical and dental history and ID cards prior to your first teleconference visit.

Prescription management

Your dentist manages your medications and sends your prescriptions electronically to your preferred pharmacy.

Secure online payment

Telehealth software allows you to securely send your payment online.

Chat and photo-sharing capabilities

You can chat with your dentist and easily upload photos of your symptoms when applicable. Communication is a two-way street as your doctor can reach out to you with messages.

HIPAA compliant

HIPAA is a law that protects the privacy of your dental records and personal health information. Your telehealth interactions are also secure and only authorized users can access your telehealth sessions.

What health care services can I receive through telehealth?

You can receive many of the services normally provided in the office, but you will need to check with your provider to learn exactly which services they offer via telehealth.

In the case of a life threatening emergency, however, you need to seek care at your local urgent care facility or hospital emergency department.

Will insurance pay for telehealth?

Some insurance companies cover telehealth while others don’t. Additionally, some states require insurance companies to reimburse at the same rate as they cover for in-person appointments. In most states, Medicaid covers telehealth. Check with your insurance provider to find out if you are covered.

Effective March 6, 2020, Medicare is paying providers across the United States to provide telehealth services due to the COVID-19 crisis. However, this Medicare coverage may be a temporary benefit.

To learn more about telehealth and to get your connection started, please call our office at (310) 373-2829 and let us know if we can help you in any way.