Dental care is an essential component of a healthy, productive life. However, some individuals hold back from receiving the care they need due to worries about finances. Admittedly, professional oral healthcare may seem like a significant expense. We understand such concerns, which is why we strive to make treatment as affordable as possible for our patients. At San Pedro Smiles, we are your insurance-friendly Medicaid and CHIP dentist in San Antonio.
Medicaid and CHIP
The federal government requires states to provide health coverage to certain individuals via a Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). In Texas, CHIP is a separate program from Medicaid; it is designed to provide medical and dental coverage to children in families who make too much money to qualify for Medicaid but who cannot afford to buy private health and dental insurance.
CHIP and Medicaid provide for all basic pediatric dental needs, including preventive care, restoration of damaged teeth, and relief of pain and infections. Our office is happy to serve as a CHIP and Medicaid dentist in San Antonio; simply give us your benefits information so we can take care of all the paperwork while your child gets the care they need.
Dental trauma can occur in any setting — including while you’re on the job. If your regular dental insurance will not cover your care after a work-related mouth injury, you may be able to take advantage of workman’s compensation. Workman’s compensation is a specific type of medical insurance that most employers in Texas provide for their employees. It is designed to cover treatment for job-related illnesses and injuries.
Because workman’s comp claims can be a little complicated, not every dental office in our area is willing to handle them. However, we have experience in dealing with the nitty gritty details of such claims. We’re happy to take on the challenge so our patients’ smiles can get back to functioning at their pre-injury capacity.
PPO Dental Insurance
A PPO dental insurance plan, whether you have it through your employer or you purchased it on your own, allows you to visit any licensed dentist and still use your benefits. Your out of pocket expenses may be slightly lower if you visit an in-network care provider. At San Pedro Smiles, we are in-network with most major PPO plans. However, even if we are not in your plan’s network, we will still do our best to help you maximize your benefits.
Your dental health, and that of your children, is precious. You should not let financial worries stop you from getting the care your teeth and gums need. The above-listed resources are just a few of the avenues you may be able to use to reduce dental expenses for your family.
About the Author
Dr. Justin J. Gonzalez is the leader of the team at San Pedro Smiles. He is originally from Utah, but he settled in San Antonio after he received his formal dental training at the University of Texas Health Science Center. He is a compassionate professional who is happy to serve patients from all walks of life. To learn more about Dr. Gonzalez and our practice, contact us today at 210-737-6900.