Tips and ideas from the wonderful members of Social Service Connections for Lyme Disease
🌺 “I have a lot of friends that take their vacations in Mexico and get their dental work done there (scroll down for a good Mexico dental story!)”
🌺 “Some dental schools offer dental care through their student clinics. We have a local hospital that has one.”
🌺 Some dental clinics offer free or low cost dental care.
🌺 “I buy an individual dental insurance policy” (Scroll down for a good dental insurance story!)
🌺 If you have Medicare, look into supplemental insurance like Medicare Advantage. (Note: May not be worth the price in some circumstances).
🌺 What worked for me is getting approved for a Home and Community-Based Waiver Program. This allows you to have Medicaid without counting your spouse’s income. There are quite a few different ways to qualify for Medicaid even if you have been told you don’t qualify for Medicaid.
🌺 In my state, dental is covered through Medicaid. It just takes a lot of tenacity to locate a dentist who will accept it. I found a dentist who is willing to let me pay up front and then they will submit the claim to Medicaid for me to get reimbursed.
🌺 DentaQuest lists dentist that accept Medicare Advantage, Medicaid and/or CHIP. (Note: In some states, Medicaid does not pay for dental care for adults, only for children)
🌺 “The Department of Health and Human Services publishes a Guide to Low Cost Dental Care.”
Dee Goes to the Dentist in Mexico!
I am in Las Vegas but drive to Yuma, AZ to get dental care in Los Algodones, Mexico. My dentist in Mexico is licensed by the American Dental Association.
To find my dentist, I just googled dentists in Los Algodones, Mexico. I found a great ADA dentist who studied at Harvard. My husband needed a bridge and got estimate here of $3,500. In Mexico, we got it done in four days for $800.
There was no place to stay there. We stay in Yuma, Arizona. 15 minutes from border. We needed to get passports. We saved money and got a vacation!
Rose Buys Dental Insurance
I buy an individual dental insurance policy from Delta Dental. It is $105/year (plus an extra $15 the first year). The price is even cheaper if you are a couple (I think $170). You have to select a dentist from their list.
For $105/year, I get two cleanings and a set of bitewings. It covers the whole mouth x-ray every few years. It also gives a discount schedule for more major work that – knock on wood – I have not needed.
Just paying out of pocket for one cleaning would cost as much as my entire plan.