Find an Amerigroup Medicaid Dentist

If you’re searching for an Amerigroup Medicaid dentist near you for your kids, look no further.

Kool Smiles is a nationwide dental practice that accepts many forms of payment, including government-funded dental insurance. We have more than 120 locations nationwide, many of which are located in states served by Amerigroup Medicaid.

For help with all your questions about Amerigroup Medicaid dental coverage, call Kool Smiles at 254-781-0553 and our friendly staff will help get the answers that you need.

What Is Amerigroup Medicaid?

Amerigroup is a private contractor that manages government-funded health benefit programs in 11 states and serves about 3.5 million members. Amerigroup manages programs like Medicaid, Medicare and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). Many people and families trust these programs for their health care, including dental visits.

Amerigroup Medicaid coverage is available at Kool Smiles locations in the following states:

  • Georgia
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • Nevada
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Washington

What Does Amerigroup Medicaid Cover?

What’s covered by your child’s Amerigroup Medicaid plan will vary based on the state where you live—for example, in Virginia you’ll need to request treatment within 60 days of an accidental dental injury for it to be covered. Check with your state’s membership guidelines if you want to be sure you’re covered. Across all states, Amerigroup plans will cover the following at little to no cost to you:

  • Relief from pain and infections (like cavities)
  • Teeth restoration (if your child has a broken tooth and needs to receive emergency care, for example)
  • Dental health maintenance (like checkups and routine teeth cleanings)

Usually, this minimal coverage requirement means that kids can receive dental services that include:

  • Dental exams—During each appointment, the dentist will check for any signs of decay, infection or disease before moving forward with the cleaning process.
  • Diagnostic tests—If anything out of the ordinary is spotted during the initial exam, tests can help determine the cause of the issue. For example, if a child has tooth pain but has no visible signs of tooth decay, an X-ray may be taken to see if there’s a problem beneath the gums or between two teeth.
  • Teeth cleanings—The dentist will start by scraping away any tartar. A special dental toothbrush will then be used to scrub teeth gently, which will remove any leftover plaque. The dentist will then floss between each tooth and apply a fluoride treatment to strengthen enamel and fight of decay for a longer period of time.
  • Orthodontic consultation—Usually by age 7, a dentist can tell if a child will need to have braces for a medically necessary reason. Kool Smiles provides no-cost braces consultations to determine which type of treatment is best for a healthier smile.
  • Root canals and crowns—When decay has infected the inside of a tooth, a dentist needs to remove the damaged pulp before filling it. This is the most sensitive part of a tooth, since it is where the nerves and connective tissues are located. A crown may be added to keep a tooth intact, and to protect it from further decay or damage after it has been filled.
  • Cavity fillingsKids are more prone to get cavities since their tooth enamel is not as strong as it is in adult teeth. Because of this, we offer cavity filling treatments with various materials like metal, porcelain or composite resin, so you can decide what material is best for your child’s smile and your budget.

Your child’s eligibility for these dental services may depend on your location. Generally, these oral health procedures are covered or partially covered by Amerigroup Medicaid as long as they are a medical necessity.

A mother and her children stand at the reception desk in a dental practice.

What Types of Insurance Does Kool Smiles Accept?

Because we believe that dental care should be easily available and affordable, Kool Smiles accepts most forms of insurance and many payment types, including:

  • Amerigroup Medicaid
  • Private dental insurance
  • Medicaid
  • SCHIP
  • TRICARE
  • CareCredit (We’ll even help you apply in our office!)
  • Cash
  • Credit

Kool Smiles Amerigroup Medicaid Dentists

All of our dental offices have general dentists that can perform various treatments such as teeth cleanings, routine checkups and even emergency care, depending on the severity of the problem. We also have many other specialists, including:

  • Pediatric dentists—These dentists are trained to work with children and have a special background in the treatment and care of young teeth.
  • Orthodontists—Your child will need to see an orthodontic specialist to determine if braces are a good fit for his or her smile or if orthodontic treatment is a medical necessity.
  • Endodontists—This type of specialist knows all about the insides of teeth, and they perform root canals to save teeth from detrimental damage and decay.
  • Oral surgeons—These medical professionals are qualified to perform surgery on the face, jaw or mouth to improve function, appearance and overall oral health.

How Kool Smiles Helps Kids and Families

In addition to accepting Amerigroup Medicaid, Kool Smiles aims to provide quality and affordable dental care for all children. Our dental offices are purposefully located in communities with the greatest need and where it may be hard to find a dentist that accepts Amerigroup Medicaid. We also try to cater to the needs of children when they visit a Kool Smiles dentist. Here’s how:

  • We design our waiting rooms and dental offices with children in mind. When you walk into Kool Smiles, you’ll notice that every waiting room is colorful, bright and kid-friendly. We also have several books, games and activities that will keep you and your child occupied while you wait to see the dentist.
  • Most of our offices even have playgrounds, so your kids are sure to have an engaging time during their visit. This is a great way for children to release some energy either before or after their appointment. Your child will be ready to come back for their next visit soon, especially when they know it will be a fun experience.
  • Our dentists are friendly and trained to work with children, regardless of their age. If any children are not yet acclimated to dental visits or teeth cleanings, we can work with them to make sure they feel comfortable with the dentist and any necessary treatments that will be performed.
  • Our dental providers use tools that are specially designed to fit easily inside small mouths, so your child can feel more comfortable while their teeth are being treated.

Parents are also important to us, and we want them to know that their child is getting quality dental care in a safe, clean and fun environment when they come to Kool Smiles. Here are a few of the ways that our dental staff helps parents make dental visits easy and enjoyable for them and their kids:

  • Most Kool Smiles dental offices are open on Saturdays, and some locations are open on Sundays as well. We decided to offer hours that extend beyond the normal 9-to-5 work week because it can be difficult for parents that are working full-time to bring their child to the dentist. With Saturday appointments available, you can find the time to make sure that your child sees a dentist without interfering with an otherwise busy schedule.
  • Our dental offices have the option for you to watch your child’s dentist appointment from a viewing room, which can help ease any tension that kids have if they know that their parent is watching close by. For younger children that may be visiting the dentist for the first time, or other kids that aren’t as comfortable with dental work yet, parents can even sit in on their appointment to relax them and keep them company.
  • Our dentists are experienced in treating children, and they all make an effort to educate kids and parents during dental visits. We teach people how to brush teeth properly, what products are best to use and the importance of good oral health at a young age. We do this because we believe kids need to develop good oral hygiene habits in order to have healthy teeth for life, and parents can help make sure that this happens.

There is likely to be a Kool Smiles close to you since we have locations in 15 states nationwide and Washington, D.C. We hope that we can help find a dentist that takes Amerigroup Medicaid near you quickly and easily.

Dental Appointments for Amerigroup Members at Kool Smiles

The Kool Smile experience starts children on the right track for a lifetime of good dental health. If your child is covered by Amerigroup Medicaid and needs dental care, give us a call today at 254-781-0553.

We’re always accepting new patients, and we look forward to helping your child have a happy, healthy smile for years to come.

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Sources:

Amerigroup: https://www.amerigroup.com/our-services/our-state-programs

Amerigroup: https://www.amerigroup.com/the-states-we-serve.html

Medicaid.gov: https://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid/benefits/dental/index.html

HealthLine: https://www.healthline.com/health/dental-oral-health/what-happens-during-a-tooth-cleaning#step-5

Wisconsin Dental Association: https://www.wda.org/your-oral-health/sip-all-day

CareCredit: https://www.carecredit.com/

WebMD: https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/oral-surgery#1