Patient Information

If the child patient has received any form of dental care prior to this appointment, then we need to know. Any pre-existing medical condition can impact the treatment process, which is why we may need to develop specialized care to accommodate it. We strive to help a child patient feel comfortable during treatment and will establish a trusting relationship with them. If your child needs pediatric dentistry, do not hesitate to give us a call today and schedule an appointment.

Request An Appointment

    Appointment Request

    The first step towards a beautiful, healthy smile is to schedule an appointment. Please contact our office by phone or complete the appointment request form. Our scheduling coordinator will contact you to confirm your appointment.

    Please arrive at least 15 prior to your appointment to fill out necessary paperwork. If you arrive more than 15 minutes late you may be asked to reschedule depending upon the day’s schedule. If possible we will try to work you in but you may have to wait for a cancellation. A parent or legal guardian must be present with all minors. If another adult will be bringing your child to his/her appointment please inform us in advance and provide written authorization for them to do so.

    Prior to your appointment you will receive a courtesy text, email or phone confirmation of your child’s appointment time and day. If you cannot make this appointment for any reason please call our office to reschedule. Confirmation calls are a courtesy ultimately you are responsible to your appointment time. If you must cancel an appointment please call our office at least 24 hours in advance so that we could offer the appointment to another patient. A fee may be charged for broken appointments or cancellations without 24 hour notice. If three broken appointments or cancellations without 24 hour notice occur our office reserves the right to not reschedule.

    Exceptions to this policy will be made on an individual basis. We understand that unexpected emergencies and illness do occur that may make it necessary to cancel without notice. In these circumstances we will be more than happy to reschedule.

    Patient Forms

    If your child is new to our office, please complete the new patient forms online prior to your child’s arrival. Completing the forms in advance enables parents to fill them out more accurately and conveniently as well as allowing our office to stay on schedule. If for any reason you are unable to complete these forms online prior to your child’s appointment, kindly arrive at least 15 minutes early so that you may complete on one of our iPads at the office.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Click Here to view some of the most frequently asked questions patients have about pediatric dentistry and oral health issues.

    Dental Insurance

    Hudson Valley Pediatric Dentistry participates with the following insurance plans:

    Delta Dental PPO, United Concordia, Aetna, Ameritas, Principal, Cigna, Guardian, CSEA, Metlife, Sunlife, Assurant, Fidelio, Dentegra, Washingtonville Teachers, United Healthcare, and Careington discount plans. However, if you do have a PPO plan that we are not in network with will be happy to submit it as a means of payment. Please call the office to discuss for further understanding. These will be accepted as out of network benefits.

    If we’ve received all your insurance information on or before the day of the appointment we will be more that happy to submit the claim for you. Please become familiar with your insurance prior to your appointments. We will be collecting the estimated co-payment on the day of the appointment along with any deductibles that may be due. The co-pay is the estimated portion that your insurance is expected not to pay. If you have an insurance that will not pay our office directly than you will be responsible for the full payment and your insurance company will reimburse you directly.

    Please be aware that your insurance is a contract between you, your employer and the insurance company. We are not party to that contract. It is almost impossible for our office to keep up with the ever-changing policies of each individual plan. Therefore, dental benefits and coverage of specific procedures can vary according to the individuals plan.

    Please inform our staff if there are any changes to your insurance policy prior to your child being treated so that we can verify your benefits. Please be aware that although we file claims promptly to expedite communication with the insurance company we are not responsible for how the insurance company processes the claim or for what benefits are ultimately paid. Our office recommends treatment based on the child’s need not on what that individuals insurance pays. Insurance benefits are determined by the benefit package that your employer has purchased. Prior to treatment our office will discuss with you your ESTIMATED co-payments based on the information we’ve received from your insurance company however there is no way of knowing exactly what they will pay until the actual claim is submitted. Therefore, all account balances that remain once the insurance payment has been received are the responsibility of the parent/guardian. If after 60 days, we have not received payment from your insurance company you will be responsible for the balance. We will be happy to assist you with dealing with your insurance and will gladly send you a refund check should a payment arrive after the 60 days.


  • Fact 2 – DENTAL INSURANCE IS NOT MEANT TO COVER ALL FEES. It is meant to be an aid to your investment in your child’s dental healthcare. Many routine dental services are not covered by dental insurance.
  • Fact 3 – FEW INSURANCE PAY 100% OF ALL PROCEDURES. Many patients think that their insurance pays 90%-100% of all dental fees. This is not true! Most plans only pay between 50%-80% of the average total fee. Some pay more, some pay less. The percentage paid is usually determined by how much you or your employer has paid for coverage or the type of contract your employer has set up with the insurance company.
  • Fact 4 – FREQUENCIES & LIMITATIONS OF BENEFITS. The frequency of payment for some procedures may be limited by an insurance company. This is most often encountered in a pediatric dental office with fluoride treatments. The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend the application of fluoride every 6 months since it is proven to be highly effective against tooth decay. Our office follows those recommendations in order to achieve optimal oral health for your child. Therefore, if an insurance plan limits the frequency of the fluoride treatment, the parent will be responsible for this cost. This can also be encountered with other procedures, such as exams, x-rays and sealants.
  • Fact 5 – BENEFITS ARE NOT DETERMINED BY OUR OFFICE. You may have noticed that sometimes your dental insurer reimburses you or the dentist at a lower rate than the dentist’s actual fee. This often occurs with composite”white” fillings. Many insurance companies will reduce the fee to what they would cover for a silver filling and pay a portion of that lowered fee. They call this an alternative benefit. The other reason you may see a reduction in the fee is if the insurance companies fee schedule for a procedure is lower. This may occur with insurance companies we are out of network with.
  • Fact 6 – DEDUCTIBLES & CO-PAYMENTS MUST BE CONSIDERED. When estimating dental benefits, deductibles and percentages must be considered. To illustrate, assume the fee for service is $150.00. Assuming that the insurance company allows $150.00 as its usual and customary (UCR) fee, we can figure out what benefits will be paid. First a deductible (paid by you), on average $50, is subtracted, leaving $100.00. The plan then pays 80% for this particular procedure. The insurance company will then pay 80% of $100.00, or $80.00. Out of a $150.00 fee they will pay an estimated $80.00 leaving a remaining portion of $70.00 (to be paid by the patient). Of course, if the UCR is less than $150.00 or your plan pays only at 50% then the insurance benefits will also be significantly less.

  • MOST IMPORTANTLY, please keep us informed of any insurance changes such as policy name, insurance company address, or a change of employment

    Financing Options

    CareCredit is here to help you pay for treatments and procedures your insurance does not cover. They offer No Interest* financing or low minimum monthly payment options so you can get what you want, when you want it. With three simple steps, including an instant approval process, it's easy to apply for CareCredit. After you're approved, you're free to use CareCredit to finance our services.Now you don't have to worry about saving up for the procedures you want and need. With CareCredit, the decision's in your hands to get what you want, when you want it. For more information or to apply online, visit

    If your child requires additional treatment after their examination a written treatment plan will be provided and discussed with you. The treatment plan will have a breakdown of each fee and the estimated portion paid by your insurance company as well as your estimated co-payment. You may discuss financial arrangements with our office manager.

    For divorced or separated parents: The parent who brings the child to the office is legally responsible for payment of services. If another agrees to payment responsibility, that person must provide a notarized acknowledgment in writing of their desire to pay for care. It is the responsibility of the person bringing the child to the office to obtain a written agreement and to inform the other person of care being provided.

    Payment Methods

    For your convenience, we accept cash, personal checks, money orders, and most major credit cards. Payment is expected at the time services are performed. Feel free to contact our office If the treatment plan requires more comprehensive dental work and you want to discuss financial arrangements.

    Welcome to
    Hudson Valley Pediatric Dentistry

    Making an Appointment

    It is easy to make an appointment for your initial examination and dental treatments with Hudson Valley Pediatric Dentistry. Simply call 845-363-4177 and one of our friendly team members will be happy to assist you. If you schedule an appointment and something comes up, please call and cancel 24 hours in advance so that we can accommodate other patient requests.

    What to Expect

    Walk into our lobby where you will be greeted by our friendly staff. We will provide you with new patient paperwork that includes a health questionnaire, request for your insurance information and contact information. We will also provide you with information to familiarize you with our office and how we handle things like patient privacy.

    Initial Examination

    The expert staff at Hudson Valley Pediatric Dentistry will ask you questions, get to know your oral hygiene routine, and listen to your health concerns. We believe in educating patients and empowering them to make good choices to improve their oral health. We will demonstrate how to properly care for your teeth and make additional suggestions as needed. Our dental hygienist will clean your teeth then Dr. Geri-Lynn Waldman will complete your examination and make recommendations for proposed dental treatments.

    Pain Concerns

    We work to ensure our patients feel comfortable, and that includes minimizing their pain as much as possible. If you are undergoing a dental procedure, Dr. Geri-Lynn Waldman will meet with you to discuss your pain tolerance and create a plan for pain management. Working together, we will treat your dental health problems in a way that minimizes pain and enables you to get back to your life faster.

    Dental Insurance

    We accept a variety of insurance providers and endeavor to accommodate our patients' request. Please call our office at 845-363-4177 to see if we are currently working with your insurance provider.

    Our pricing structure is designed to ensure that patients are able to receive the high quality dental care they deserve. If your dental insurance will not cover all of your dental treatments, we will work with you to identify a payment solution. We are health care professionals first and will work with you to make sure you receive the treatment you need.

    Financial Policy

    Hudson Valley Pediatric Dentistry provides high quality dental care to families throughout the Middletown area. We understand that every dental patient has different financial needs. We will work with you to find a solution that enables you to get the dental care you need, with or without insurance. Call our office to ask about our different payment options that may include cash, financing, and credit cards. We provide budget friendly dental care so call today and learn how Hudson Valley Pediatric Dentistry is the solution to all of your oral health needs.