Dentist in his office

If You Have a Current Oral Health Need

  1. 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.
  2. 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?
  3. 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.

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.