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At DentalWorks Louisville - Cedar Springs, we’ve made it easy for you and your family to experience the way dental should work since 1990. With affordable rates and unrivaled expertise, Ricky Cox, DMD, Natalie Stelzer, DMD, Douglas Ahrens, DMD, Brannon Heape, DMD, and their friendly staff provide the quality care both you and your smile deserve.

Services We Offer

From cleanings and exams to dental veneers, custom dentures and partials, and even orthodontic braces Louisville - Cedar Springs can bring out the best in your smile.

By coming in for regularly scheduled dental care checkups and cleanings now, you can help prevent serious problems ranging from cavities to gum disease from occurring later. To help combat such issues, we offer:

  • Comprehensive dental care exams
  • Professional cleanings
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Fillings
  • Sealants
  • Extractions
  • Dental crowns
  • Nitrous
  • Pediatric dentistry
  • Root canals

More Info: General Dental Services.pdf

A chipped tooth, a lost filling: some of the most pressing dental problems have a habit of happening when you least expect them. Fortunately, we offer emergency dental services. If you have a problem that requires immediate treatment, our dentists do their best to take care of you as quickly as possible.

More Info: Emergency Dental Care.pdf

Self-conscious about wearing dentures? Don’t be.

Custom dentures look and feel natural, so the only thing people will see is a winning smile. Custom-designed to match your appearance as well as your bite, they’re protected by exceptionally long warranties. With so many sensibly priced styles, shades, and materials from which to choose, you’re sure to find a solution that fits your budget as comfortably as your dentures will fit you.

More Info: Custom Dentures.pdf

Don’t let a few missing teeth ruin your day – or your smile.

Custom-crafted dental partials can easily fill in any gaps and get your smile back to looking its best.

  • Cast metal dental partials
  • Flexible dental partials
  • Acrylic dental partials

More Info: Custom Partials.pdf

Not satisfied with your smile? We offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry services to brighten, whiten, repair, and restore your teeth.

  • In-office and at-home tooth whitening
  • Tooth-colored fillings
  • Veneers
  • Zoom!®

More Info: Cosmetic Dentistry.pdf

Orthodontic braces and dental services are available.

If your teeth are out of line, our orthodontists can help straighten them out. They can correct misalignments to give children and adults alike the smile they’ve always dreamed of.

  • Clear aligners
  • Traditional orthodontics

More Info: Orthodontics.pdf

During the course of their lives, three out of four people will suffer from some form of periodontal or gum disease.

In fact, it’s so common that it’s the leading cause of 70% of adult tooth loss. Periodontists can perform a comprehensive examination of your gums and provide treatment to help prevent, reverse, or offset the damaging effects of this disease.

More Info: Periodontics.pdf

Insurance & Payment Options

Accepted Dental Insurance Plans

For your convenience, Louisville - Cedar Springs accepts most dental insurance plans. We are a preferred provider with many dental insurance plans. Below is a list of insurance companies whose plans we participate in:


  • Access Dental
  • Aetna
  • Aetna Access
  • AmeriPlan Discount
  • Ameritas
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Assurant/Dental Health Alliance Discount
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Careington
  • Cigna
  • CIGNAaccess
  • Coventry First Health
  • DeCare
  • Delta Dental
  • Delta Dental Preferred
  • Delta Dental Premier
  • DeltaCare
  • Dental Benefit Providers/United Healthcare
  • Dental Care Plus
  • Dental Health Alliance
  • DentalWorks USA
  • Dentegra
  • DenteMax
  • GEHA Lincoln Dental Connect
  • Guardian
  • Humana
  • Maverest
  • MetLife
  • Principal
  • Superior Dental
  • Traditional Insurance
  • UniCare
  • United Concordia
  • United Concordia National Fee For Service
  • WellPoint
  • Access Dental
  • Aetna
  • Aetna Access
  • AmeriPlan Discount
  • Ameritas
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Assurant/Dental Health Alliance Discount
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Careington
  • Cigna
  • CIGNAaccess
  • Coventry First Health
  • DeCare
  • Delta Dental
  • Delta Dental Preferred
  • Delta Dental Premier
  • DeltaCare
  • Dental Benefit Providers/United Healthcare
  • Dental Care Plus
  • Dental Health Alliance
  • DentalWorks USA
  • Dentegra
  • DenteMax
  • GEHA Lincoln Dental Connect
  • Guardian
  • Humana
  • Maverest
  • MetLife
  • Principal
  • Superior Dental
  • Traditional Insurance
  • UniCare
  • United Concordia
  • United Concordia National Fee For Service
  • WellPoint

In addition to accepting more dental insurance plans, Louisville - Cedar Springs will actually file your dental health care claims for you, so you won’t have to bother with all that annoying paperwork. Plus, you don’t have to pay the full amount at the time of your dental services, either – in most cases, just your estimated deductible or co-payment.

Choose the Way You Want to Pay

At Louisville - Cedar Springs, a point is made to exceed your expectations, not your budget. With quality care at affordable rates, everyone in your family can get the dental care they need and deserve. So when you walk out the door, you’ll leave with a great big smile, not a great big bill.

And while giving you lots of payment choices is important, there’s one choice you should never have to make: deciding between the dental care you need and the dental care you can afford. So the staff at Louisville - Cedar Springs sits down with you to figure out which payment option and plan make sense for you for the dental services you need.

To make things even easier for you, Louisville - Cedar Springs offers plenty of ways to pay, including VISA®, MasterCard®, Discover®, and American Express®.

And Louisville - Cedar Springs now offers an even more convenient way to make payments through Online Bill Pay.

Other financing options accepted at Louisville - Cedar Springs include:

  • CareCreditSM- No interest if paid in full within 6, 12, 18, or 24 months*

    On qualifying purchases of $200 or more made with your CareCredit credit card account. Interest will be charged to your account from the purchase date if the promotional purchase is not paid in full within the promotional period. For purchases eligible for 6-, 12-, or 18-Month promotions: Minimum Monthly Payments required. For purchases eligible for a 24-Month promotion: Fixed Monthly Payments required until paid in full and based on repayment over 24 months. Required monthly payments may or may not pay off purchase before end of promotional period.

    *Offer applies only to single-receipt qualifying purchases. No interest will be charged on the promotional purchase if you pay the promotional purchase amount in full within the 6-, 12-, 18-, or 24-month promotional period. If you do not, interest will be charged on the promotional purchase from the purchase date. If your purchase qualifies for a 24-month promotional offer, fixed monthly payments are required equal to 4.1667% of initial promotional purchase amount until promotion is paid in full. The fixed monthly payment will be rounded up to the next highest whole dollar and may be higher than the minimum payment that would be required if the purchase were a non-promotional purchase. For all other promotional offers, the regular minimum monthly payment terms of the account will apply. Regular account terms apply to non-promotional purchases and, after promotion ends, to promotional balance. For new accounts: Purchase APR is 26.99%; Minimum Interest Charge is $2. Existing cardholders should see their credit card agreement for their applicable terms. Subject to credit approval.

  • Genesis - Financing solutions for near and non-prime credit consumers, enabling more patients to purchase the treatment they deserve.
  • DentalWorks Advantage Discount Dental Plan

Contact the practice staff for more information.

Meet Our Staff

Brannon Wayne Heape, DMD

Dr. Heape's bio is coming soon.

Ricky L. Cox, DMD

Dr. Ricky Cox earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry at Campbellsville University in 1979. He went on to complete his Doctor of Dental Medicine at the University of Kentucky in 1983. Dr. Cox has demonstrated a commitment to the practice of dentistry through 30 years of clinical practice and continually updating his skills and services with the latest continuing education. Dr. Cox stays active in his community by supporting local academic and athletic competitions in the local school systems. He also serves as an active member of civic and political organizations aimed at advancing the economic interests of the community. Dr. Cox has served two terms in the Kentucky State Legislature, where he worked with the Kentucky Dental Association to amend the state’s dental practice law.

Natalie Joan Stelzer, DMD

Dr. Natalie Stelzer received her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology at Ohio State University in 1974. She received her Master of Science in Microbiology at Ohio State University in 1975. She went on to achieve her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Louisville in 1981. Dr. Stelzer has demonstrated commitment through her experience in restorative dentistry, removable full and partial dentures, crowns and bridges, and cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Stelzer has completed hundreds of hours of courses in postgraduate dentistry. She is dedicated to the newest advancements in dentistry. Dr. Stelzer is a member of the Better Business Bureau, the area Chamber of Commerce, and various other civic organizations. When Dr. Stelzer is not practicing her passion for dentistry, she enjoys ballroom dancing, kayaking, hiking, and knitting.

Douglas Gerard Ahrens III, DMD

Dr. Ahrens' bio is coming soon.