Dental OPTIONS

Through Dental OPTIONS, dentists provide care to low-income Ohioans right in their own office.

Dental OPTIONS is a program provided through a joint partnership between the ODA and the Ohio Department of Health that helps eligible, low-income uninsured adults in Ohio obtain access to dental care by linking them with volunteer dentists.

Receiving quality dental care is important, but many Americans must often choose between dental care and other daily living expenses – and dental care is often sacrificed.

Organized dentistry in Ohio has been visionary in improving access to dental care – responding to this need with statewide programs that provide needed access to oral health care to qualified individuals.

For more information on how Dental OPTIONS improves access to dental care, click here.

We are proud of our Dental OPTIONS Milestones.

  • 20 years of helping uninsured, low-income Ohioans
  • Individuals referred to safety net programs, Medicaid providers or emergency care: 6,963
  • Patients matched to an OPTIONS dentist: 1,148
  • Enrolled dentists: 931
  • Enrolled dental labs: 101
  • Reported volunteer dentist treatment values: $2,190,904
  • Total reported lab service value: $57,992
  • Total dentist treatment and lab service value:  $2,248,896

How to become a Dental OPTIONS Provider

The process to join is easy and you set the level of participation. You decide the number of patients to see each year and the frequency; and the type of patient – elderly on a fixed income, working poor, single parent, disabled, and so on. You also decide whether to accept patients eligible for donated or discounted care or both.

You do the dentistry. Regional referral coordinators handle the paperwork and other administrative tasks of the program, which can include:

  • Handling preliminary phone calls.
  • Referring callers to other community resources if not eligible for OPTIONS.
  • Reviewing applications to determine eligibility.
  • Making initial contacts with the dental office regarding the patient, working with patients to ensure follow-through with care, and adherence with guidelines of the program.
  • Collecting treatment values from the dentist, and more.

You can participate by providing care on a discounted fee or donated basis, or both. For dentists who provide donated care:

  • Laboratory fees for donated care patients are covered through the OPTIONS program.
  • Dentists who provide donated treatment are eligible for up to four hours of volunteer CE credit per biennium. Every four hours of donated care through Dental OPTIONS will earn you one CE credit and is awarded in one-hour increments.

As an OPTIONS dentist, you will make a difference to someone in need in your community!

Complete the enrollment form below or download the Dental OPTIONS enrollment form you can mail to the ODA.


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If you have questions or need assistance, contact your referral coordinator at (888) 765-6789.