If you or a loved one have serious dental health problems, troubles with pain, do not have, or have not had dental insurance in a very long time and are looking for an affordable, or no-cost solution there is good news for you. There are not only multiple government but also non-profit organizations in place that can assist you. Let’s look at some common and popular routes for how to find or get the dental health care you need.
Free Clinics – Have you researched your local “Free Clinics”? While some advertise as such, unless it’s an official government facility it may very well come with some fees to offset their costs. Even those that are official government facilities can tack on appointment fees, although there are others that don’t and can even help you get the necessary medication for an affordable cost or no cost at all to you.
Dental Schools – Try searching Craigslist or other local social media websites and browse the newspaper to see if there are any local advertisements by – accredited – universities near you that are conducting “trials” that may be relevant and include the dental care you require.
Medicaid – Have you explored Medicaid, applied and received a response, or checked out the ACA or local Affordable Healthcare Act? This is an extension of Medicaid and the professionals there may be able to assist you, or send you the right direction and help you find what you need.
The Health Resources and Services Administration – Have you explored the Health Resources and Services Administration website, researched, or attempted to contact this government agency? They can help you in some cases find a local, licensed and trusted dentist that will accept substantially less for dental care, or on a “sliding scale” appropriate to your current wages as they see fit.
Nonprofit Organizations – Have you researched whether or not any local (international) non-profits such as the United Way and how they might be able to help you? They receive in some cases not only grants from the government but also donors and many of these nonprofit organizations are operated solely off of donations for the purpose of providing much needed health and dental care. The United Way has a strong reputation for providing health and mental health services to those that cannot afford it, and more than likely can set you up with the necessary point of contacts, or at the very least give you ideas and other possible nonprofits that might have the funding and availability to assist you and get the dental care you need.
If you are in serious pain and are experiencing a medical, dental emergency you always have the option of going to the local Emergency Room. Many hospitals receive and will provide grants to cover a portion if not of the costs associated with your care. Most importantly, ensure you protect yourself, your private information, and do your due diligence in researching only legitimate solutions for receiving affordable, or no-cost dental care.