Tips to Get & Pay for Dental Care
If You Have a Current Oral Health Need
Find a dentist.
- Call a dental office where you've been before, and tell the receptionist that you have been seen there in the past.
- Refer to our Low Cost Dental Options or look in the phone book and call a dental office near you.
Describe the problem you are having with your teeth or gums.
- If you have pain, is it continuous? Throbbing? On and off? Keeping you awake at night?
- Do you have swelling, infection or drainage?
- How long has it bothered you?
- Is it sensitive to hot, cold or sweet?
Ask for an appointment.
- If you get an appointment, don't miss it!
- Offer to be available on short notice or when the office has cancelations.
- Try to arrange for a payment plan.
- Schedule more appointments as you can afford them to get needed work done so you won't have an emergency in the future.
If You Can't Find a Dentist who will Accept Medical Assistance or BadgerCare Plus Insurance
- Unfortunately, most dental providers are not taking new patients and there is no list available for those who do.
- Check our list of Low Cost Dental Options.
- Call 1-800-362-3002 or check online at Forward Health to get a list of dental providers who are signed up with the program.
- Call our Oral Health Information line at (608) 243-0354 additional help.
If You Can’t Afford Dental Care
- Figure out a payment plan. Some dental offices are willing to work out payment schedules for reliable clients.
- Ask the dental office about credit services available that can help you finance your needed dental work.
- Look for discount dental plans for those without dental insurance. This can help reduce costs of dental treatment (one local example is "Smart Choice Dental Plan").
- Check to see if your employer offers a medical savings plan called "flexible spending" that can be used to pay for dental care.
- Start and keep a savings plan to pay for dental care.