Story By Natalie Salvatore / Photos Contributed
DOCS Dental, a multi-practice dentistry company striving to provide the finest dental care for military personnel, opened another office on Aug. 10.
This new addition to the nationwide practice offers a convenient location (9220 Marne Road at Fort Benning, Georgia) to military personnel in the Auburn-Opelika area. DOCS Dental has been able to create more affordable and practical dentistry for military members and their families since partnering with the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AFES).
Dr. Larry Caplin, CEO of the almost 30-year – old company, is thankful for the partnership with AAFES.
“We realize that increasing health and wellness services is an important focus area of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service’s mission, and we are honored to be an extension of this work by providing high-quality dental care on base,” he said.
Just like many businesses across the country, DOCS has had to adjust its operation because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Providing excellent dental care in a safe environment remains our top priority,” Caplin said. “DOCS Dental appointments are conducted in a clean and sanitized environment, with social distancing practices and a quick health screening and temperature check at every visit.”
This way, DOCS is able to remain open to serve its patients while keeping everyone as healthy and safe as possible.
This practice offers a full range of services provided all on base, at the many locations across the country. Besides Fort Benning, DOCS also serves Luke Air Force Base, Fort Sam Houston, Fort Eustis, Fort Campbell and Fort Bragg. The practices offer basic procedures including cleanings, check-ups and X-rays. DOCS also provides more complex procedures, such as endodontics, orthodontics/Invisalign, TMJ/TMD treatments, crowns/bridges, cosmetic dentistry, oral surgery and even handles dental emergencies.
No matter what procedures patients are after, Caplin said that DOCS delivers care that is comprehensive and accessible. This company truly becomes part of the community at each of its locations.
“I think we’ve seen an enormous appreciation for the convenience of having dental care available on base,” Caplin said. “Oftentimes, working families juggle many priorities and having services available in one central place can make life easier.
“In addition, we’ve seen a tremendous amount of support for our grand opening events – having our friends from the sports and entertainment world help kick off services bring lots of smiles to the military communities on-base.”
For all procedures, patients can use any military insurance provider. These providers are listed on the website (www.DOCSDental.health). Online, patients can also schedule an appointment, access patient portals or fill out new patient registration forms.
To learn more, patients can also call the Fort Benning office at 706-383-6926. The office is open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.