Not all patients can be seen in a traditional dental setting. That’s why we offer a variety of locations for dental treatment, including at Penrose St. Francis or McKee hospitals. We want to serve underserved populations with special needs, and we take the extra steps to provide options for these patients with our practice. We have been serving populations through hospital dentistry for 30 years, and we’ve experienced with the process and requirements. Our process is:
- Hospital Appointment: First, we determine if you or your loved one is a candidate for a hospital appointment. Typical patients who need sedation dentistry have high anxiety, health issues or a medical diagnosis that will not allow a traditional dental setting visit.
- Timelines: Booking time in the hospital is very precise. Due to demand, hospitals are usually booked several months in advance. We recommend that you plan your visit well in advance and that we stay on a regular schedule with patients who need hospital dentistry.
- Requirements: To work in the hospital, we need a pre-sedation clearance of a medical history and physical. We provide you relevant paperwork, and you schedule the patient with his or her primary physician. The appointment must be within 30 days of the hospital appointment, so the information is current.
- Hospital paperwork: We will provide you with all the relevant paperwork. Any hospital visit requires consent forms to be completed by, or on behalf of the patient being seen in the operating room.
- Insurance: Sometimes a person can utilize their medical insurance and dental insurance to cover expenses for the hospital dentistry. If that is not an option for you or your loved one, we will connect you to local resources that can help fund this visit. We want you to get the treatment you need.
We find the option that works for each patient.
Our hospital process includes a general anesthesia where you are completely unconscious. Medications are administered by a licensed MD/anesthesiologist. This out-patient process starts with a phone call and sometimes an office evaluation to determine if you are a hospital candidate.