Mobile Dental clinics bring dental services to patients that may not otherwise be able to receive dental care. These patients include elderly people who are homebound or in institutions such as hospital or nursing homes. Patients may also include those suffering from dental phobias, or populations that are underserved such as low-income school children. Mobile dental dentists take away the excuses and provide access to dental care for people regardless of ability or proximity. Mobile dental and other mobile health practices are making health care more convenient and accessible for people all over the United States. However, some people are still skeptical about mobile dental clinics.
What Are Mobile Dental Clinics?
A Mobile dental clinic can look different depending on the practitioner. Many mobile dentists have a brick and mortar, traditional dentist office where they see patients as well as an extended mobile practice. Some clinics have offices for their receptionists to work in, to store supplies in, and where the dental team can convene before going on the road for the day. Other mobile dental clinics are completely mobile, with dentists using at-home offices and remote employees. No matter how the mobile offices are set up, the objective is to bring a dentist to your doorstep.
Mobile Dental Clinic Services
Mobile dental clinics services will vary between practices; however, most mobile dental clinics will offer cleanings, deep cleanings, extractions (simple and surgical), dentures, root canals, and other routine dental services. Mobile clinics use mobile dental tools such as mobile x-rays and easily movable chairs, lights, and sanitation devices.
Pros of Mobile Dental Clinics
Mobile dental clinics offer many tremendous benefits to patients. The obvious benefit is the fact that the patient does not have to go to a physical clinic. Mobile clinics provide options for dental care to people who have dental phobias or physically cannot come to an office. This includes people who are disabled or homebound.
These clinics also provide dental care to underserved populations including rural communities without dental offices, low-income populations that may not be insured or are underinsured, and in schools. Mobile dental clinics are able to provide dental care to students who may not be able to go to the dentist regularly or at all due to their parent’s work schedules, transportation, or cost.
Cons of Mobile Dental Clinics
Many opponents of mobile dental clinics worry about the sanitation of clinic supplies, the confidentiality of patient records, and if the services provided are always necessary.
Dental clinics that are mobile must meet stringent requirements in order to operate in states where mobile dental clinics are legal. In Texas, mobile dental clinics must receive permits for operation and be registered with the State Board in order to perform medical procedures. Mobile clinics must meet strict health department regulations and apply for new permits annually.
There have been times that mobile dental clinics have come under scrutiny for procedures performed in schools. People worry that mobile dental clinics may perform and bill for procedures that are not necessary when parents are not present. Legislation has been adopted in many states that prevent deceptive practices from happening in mobile clinics.
Most patient medical records are now digital, regardless of doctor or clinic. While some records may still be handwritten and filed, most dentists in mobile dental clinics record their observations, thoughts, and patient questionnaires through laptops, computers, and tablets. All dental clinics are also bound by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) laws. HIPAA law protects patient information and provides clinics with data protection guidelines.
Finding a Mobile Dental Clinic
A simple internet search engine such as Google or Bing can provide you with a listing of mobile clinics in your area. Once you are able to find your options for mobile dental clinics, begin looking at reviews on each of them. Check out the clinic’s social media pages where patients can also leave reviews.
When you are searching through websites, take the time to learn about the mobile dentist’s qualifications, where they went to school, and how long they have been in business. Check with your insurance provider to see if they cover mobile dental appointments and treatment. If you have seen a dentist in the recent past, call your dentist to get their advice and opinions on the best mobile dental clinic in your area.
For patients in the North Central Texas Region, Brown Mobile Dental is a great choice for a mobile dental clinic. This provider bills to Medicaid, has a combined 80 years of experience, and offers no-hassle appointments that can be made online by clicking here. You can also call 817-335-5555