Many people dislike visiting the dentist, but dentists are regarded as a necessary evil. Leaving dental problems untreated can lead to more pain, irritation, and disruption. If you’re looking for dental care for your aging parents, you may have run into the frustration of trying to find dental services that are accessible.
Will they visit your area?
Find a mobile dental clinic in your area and ensure that they visit your city, county, or area of town. You may need to call them to confirm, or check their website to see what areas are listed. Most mobile dentists will visit assisted living centers and nursing homes, but if your parents are still at home, they will also agree to visit a house or apartment.
What equipment do they use?
Ask a potential in home dentist what equipment they use, and how they perform the treatment. They are experienced at getting the equipment they need into your home, set up, and out again afterwards, but ask them about how long it usually takes and what space requirements they have.
What services do they offer?
Just about any dental service your parents might require at a conventional dentist’s office can be performed at home, but make sure your dentist offers all these services. If there are any exceptions, take note of them so you can choose dental service providers based on their services offered.
How much will it cost?
The average in home dental service will cost about the same as a traditional dentist, with an extra fee for travel time and fuel costs. Ask how much this fee is, and whether it will be waived in any situations. If your parents require extra care based on mental challenges or other medically compromising conditions, ask whether there are any extra fees.
What health plans do they accept??
Private health insurance should cover mobile dentistry, too, but you will want to check with your insurance company ahead of time to make sure. They may be willing to cover any fees a traditional dentist would charge, but not office or administration fees, so see whether travel costs are included with administration fees. Sometimes, in home dentists don’t work directly with insurance companies but will help you fill out the paperwork for reimbursement.
It can be hard to find emergency dental care when you need an in home dentist. Ask what their policies are regarding emergency services and what hours they are available. If you can find a dentist who will visit your home during an odd hour if necessary, so much the better.??Finding an in home dentist is the best way to ensure your mobility-challenged parents get the dental care they need without the hassle of trying to visit a traditional office. It doesn’t matter how old you are – there’s no substitute for good dental health.
Guest post contributed by Laura Hobbs on behalf of the Glebe Dental Group. Laura is a freelance writer and has worked extensively with the elderly.
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