Dental OPTIONS (Ohio Partnership To Improve Oral health through access to Needed Services) is a program offered by the Ohio Department of Health in partnership with the Ohio Dental Association. The mission of OPTIONS is to assist Ohioans with special health care needs and/or financial barriers to obtain dental care. OPTIONS patients are primarily adults; many are the "working poor" or elderly living on a fixed income. Eligible patients are matched with volunteer OPTIONS dentists who have agreed to reduce fees for dental care. A one-page fact sheet is available that summarizes the program.
What you need to know about the OPTIONS Program
As a possible patient:
- Dental OPTIONS is not an emergency program.
- Only a few types of dental procedures are provided.
- Fees are based on your income and certain health conditions. You must be able to pay some money at the time of each appointment. If you do not have any income or other money, you will not be able to apply.
If you think you might be eligible to apply, click on the map of Ohio and find the county where you live. Click on your county to read more details about the Dental OPTIONS program and how to apply.
As a dentist:
The Dental OPTIONS Program relies entirely on volunteer dentists to provide dental care to patients in need. Please see Details about Dentist Involvement to learn more about how dentists work with the program and Dentist Enrollment Information to register as a volunteer.
As a dental lab:
Many patients served by the Dental OPTIONS Program require dental care involving lab work, most commonly crowns and partial or complete dentures. Currently, more than 100 dental labs provide services to dentists treating OPTIONS patients. Participating dental labs determine the number and types of cases to donate or discount. Please see Lab Enrollment Form for more information.
To speak with a referral coordinator about the Dental OPTIONS program, please call 1-888-765-6789.
Last Updated: 6/11/14
Last Reviewed: 2/26/15
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