Agencies That Provide Dental Help for Disabled People

Noah is a 21 year old with high functioning autism, anxieties, depression, and developmental delays among other diagnoses. He desperately needs his teeth cleaned and one is broken. He will need sedation to perform dental work on him. Where can he find help?


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November 27, 20180 found this helpful

Dental Care

Step 1
Local dental association can give referrals

Step 2
Mission of Mercy

Step 3
Local department of health

Step 4
Donated Dental Services

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November 27, 20180 found this helpful

You don't mention where you are, but in Pittsburgh there are many, many dentists who specialize in special needs dental patients, like Noah. You just have to ask his current dentist or his primary care doctor.

Be sure to find one in his dental network and make sure you don't need sedation to be prior authorized. If he is on Medical Assistance, it may need to be approved first (prior authorized).


If he doesn't have a regular dentist, find his medical insurance card and call their member services team and 1. verify he has dental insurance 2. that the insurance will pay for sedation 3. Ask them to help you make an appointment with the closest dentist who can do this service.

He will need someone to take him home after the procedure as he will be woozy!

Prayers for a good fix and smooth procedures for Noah!! I feel his pain with this one!!

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November 29, 20180 found this helpful

We are in acworth. georgia. He has medicare which provides for no dental services. There are no such dentists taking new patients.

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November 29, 20180 found this helpful

You do not say what your relationship is with Noah so I'm wondering if you are acting for someone else or if you have the authority to sign permission forms for Noah to be placed under sedation?


  • You do not mention insurance or whether Noah is on Social Security disability or any other government disability plan and any one of these programs may provide evidence that he is entitled to dental care. That is if the dental care is deemed necessary for health reasons.
  • Sedation is costly and may be necessary under these circumstances but legal forms will have to be signed by someone with the authority to make decisions for him.
  • Does Noah go to any type of care facility? Daytime or full time?
  • Medicaid: In some states, Medicaid covers some dental services. You may qualify for Medicaid if you have a low income and minimal assets. Contact your local Medicaid office for more information.
  • If you are sure there is no free service available to him then I suggest you contact the Shriner's as they get very involved with cases like this.
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  • There are several associations that offer free dental services to the disabled as well as seniors (who qualify).
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