The ability to receive quality dental care is important but many Americans must often choose between dental care and other expenses of daily living - and dental care is often sacrificed.
While it is reported nationally that access to affordable dental care is a major problem, organized dentistry in the state of Ohio has been visionary, responding to this need with statewide programs that provide needed access to oral health care to qualified individuals.
One such program is Dental OPTIONS, sponsored by the Ohio Dental Association and Ohio Department of Health. It is a program that links people in need with dentists who have agreed to treat approved patients for reduced fees.
Click here for information on enrolling in OPTIONS and frequently asked questions
Click here for an OPTIONS dentist brochure and learn how the program works for Ohio dentists.
Click here to download a Dental OPTIONS dentist enrollment form.
Click here to download a treatment form. Reporting treatment values of Dental OPTIONS patients is an important component of the program. If you have questions or need assistance, contact your referral coordinator at 1.888.765.6789.
More programs are needed to ensure that all Ohioans get the dental care they need. The ODA is working with the Ohio Department of Health to determine cost-effective ways to provide care to vulnerable Ohioans.
The Ohio Department of Health provides information on finding dental care, including Safety Net Dental Care Programs in the state, and information on Healthy Start, Dental OPTIONS and more. A Safety Net program offers sliding fee schedules, reduced fees or free care to those who cannot afford a private dentist. For information on safety net programs, contact a referral coordinator of the OPTIONS program, 1.888.765.6789.
For more information on Dental OPTIONS call 1.888.765.6789.