Find a Dentist that Accepts AHCCCS

Are you looking for a dentist that accepts AHCCCS? The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) provides Medicaid to Arizona residents. If you live in Arizona and need dental care for your children, you may be seeking a dentist that accepts AHCCCS.

Kool Smiles, a dental provider with several locations in Arizona, can meet your dental needs and provide the quality care your children deserve. We provide a wide range of dental services, from general and pediatric dental care to orthodontic dental care. We also recognize the importance of your child’s oral health and want to make sure your child gets the right dental care, no matter your financial circumstances. Call 254-781-0553 to make an appointment.

Read on to learn more about the importance of dental care for kids, how to get the dental services your child needs, where to find a dentist that accepts AHCCCS and the benefits of choosing Kool Smiles for your child’s dental services.

Do You Qualify for AHCCCS?

Before you apply for AHCCCS, know the basic qualifications. For children, you need to meet the following requirements to be considered:

  • Be an Arizona resident.
  • Be a United States citizen or a qualified immigrant. If neither applies, children may still qualify for emergency services
  • Have a Social Security number.
  • Be under the income limit, which varies depending on household size.

To learn more about eligibility for your family, visit azahcccs.gov. If you don’t meet the qualifications, but still need dental services, know that Kool Smiles offers quality care, even to those who do not have insurance.

How Does AHCCCS Work?

You can apply online for AHCCCS for yourself, your family, or someone close to you. After a short waiting period, those eligible will begin receiving medical care coverage.

AHCCCS works like an HMO (Health Maintenance Organization), allowing patients to choose from several health plans. Though Medicaid typically only covers emergency dental treatment for adults, children under 18 are eligible for treatment and screenings.

What other dental services does AHCCCS cover? For children under 21 years old who qualify for AHCCCS, dental services and emergency dental services are covered. AHCCCS also offers health insurance through KidsCare for eligible children who are not eligible for other AHCCCS health insurance.

For adults 21 years old or older, emergency dental services are covered up to $1,000, if they qualify for AHCCCS. Covered dental services include root canals to treat acute infection and extractions for relief of pain associated with an oral or maxillofacial condition, etc.

If you call our dentist that accepts AHCCCS today at 254-781-0553, we’ll be able to give a complete list of what is covered. Whether you qualify for this insurance plan or not, the Kool Smiles network of dentists and orthodontists can take care of your dental needs, including dental emergencies.

Why Should I Bring My Child to Kool Smiles?

Kool Smiles is a dental clinic with more than 120 offices nationwide. At Kool Smiles, we focus on treating children’s dental health needs and providing them tips on how to take care of their own oral health.

The benefits of choosing Kool Smiles:

  • All of our waiting rooms are brightly colored and filled with toys and games, making young patients feel at home and giving siblings a place to roam while they wait.
  • Most of our locations also have indoor playgrounds for younger children to enjoy.
  • Our dentists have been trained to work with children and understand how to make them feel comfortable during treatment.
  • Our dentists use a “tell, show, do” approach, so kids understand what exactly is happening.

Not only do we prioritize high-quality care, but we want to make sure you and your family are comfortable and informed.

Should Your Child Visit a Pediatric Dentist, General Dentist or Orthodontist?

One of the benefits of choosing Kool Smiles for your child’s dental care is that we have a wide network composed of general dentists, pediatric dentists—who are trained to work with babies and toddlers—and orthodontists, depending on the office.

The type of dentist you should you be taking your child to depends on their age and dental needs. Both general dentists and pediatric dentists can treat children, but pediatric dentists receive more schooling and are trained to assist with children’s oral health. Best of all, that same pediatric dentist can treat your child up until the age of 21, so you don’t have to switch dentists if you don’t want.

Up until they reach school-age, seeing a pediatric dentist is a good idea. Here’s why:

  • They are trained to work on children’s teeth, including baby teeth, and have a good understanding of how teeth grow and change.
  • Pediatric dentists understand how best to encourage preventive oral care and can help you and your child develop healthy oral cleaning habits.
  • They have worked with terrified or upset children and know how to calm and treat them.
  • Pediatric dentists are familiar with common dental problems that occur with toddlers, including thumb sucking, biting nails, chewing pencils and the obvious ones: tooth decay and a buildup of plaque which can occur at any age.
  • They know the importance of diet and how it impacts oral health and can suggest foods to incorporate in your child’s meals and foods to ignore to prevent major issues from developing.

Once your child is school-age, you can consider transferring them to a general dentist if that’s easier for you. Eventually, no matter what type of dentist they visit, your child will likely need to schedule an appointment with an orthodontist as well. Orthodontists are essentially dentists who have received additional training and are more specialized. Orthodontists are able to perform the following procedures:

  • They fit children for braces.
  • They can implant space maintainers, if your child’s adult teeth are growing in before enough baby teeth have fallen out.
  • Orthodontists can realign the jaw bone using specific appliances.
  • They can create removable retainers, which are often made after a child’s braces are removed. They can also put in permanent retainers.
  • They can fit children for headgear, which are fitted to the braces and meant to slow the growth of the jaw and ensure that all teeth are straightened out.

Essentially, orthodontists work to align the teeth and jaw, repositioning as needed. If a dentist refers you to an orthodontist, it is best to schedule an appointment and find out what the next steps are.

What Do You Do If You Have a Dental Emergency?

Did your child’s tooth get knocked out? Do they have a severe toothache? Is your child bleeding from the gums? If any of these things are happening, you have a dental emergency that requires immediate care.

It can be tempting to go straight to the emergency room, but unfortunately, most hospitals don’t have the right staff or equipment required to treat your child—and often, they’ll recommend you see your regular dentist, anyway.

Don’t have insurance? At Kool Smiles, you don’t need insurance to have your child’s dental concerns treated. All you have to do is call us at 254-781-0553 to find out the next best steps. Our experts will tell you if the issue is a true emergency and how to see a dentist immediately, even if this occurs on nights or weekends.

How do you know when it’s a true dental emergency? Here are some signs that your child is experiencing a dental emergency:

  • A tooth has been knocked-out or dislodged by accident. If possible, try and put the tooth back in place. If not, keep it in a glass of milk, but make sure you hold it by the crown, not the root, if you wish to save it.
  • An abscessed tooth, which is a sign of infection. If there are pus-filled bumps on your child’s gums, if they have swelling in the neck, a fever or even swollen lymph nodes, then you should seek immediate dental care. This could be life threatening.
  • A chipped, cracked or broken tooth, which could be painful and bloody.
  • Severe toothache pain could be a sign of a much larger problem like pericoronitis and should be taken care of quickly.

There are times, however when you should go to the ER. If your child has experienced trauma to the face, likely they are dealing with more than just a dental emergency.

If the following has occurred following an injury, a trip to the ER is a good idea:

  • Severe swelling in the face or neck that is affecting your child’s ability to breathe or swallow
  • Serious cuts inside or around the mouth or face, including lacerations
  • A broken jaw or jaw dislocation

If your child is in need of immediate medical attention, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

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Payment Options at Kool Smiles

In addition to being a dentist that accepts AHCCCS Medicaid plans, Kool Smiles accepts state-sponsored children’s health insurance plans (SCHIP) and TRICARE.

We also accept:

  • Most general insurance plans
  • Most private dental insurance plans
  • Cash
  • Credit cards or debit cards
  • CareCredit

What Is CareCredit?

CareCredit is essentially a healthcare credit card that is used for preventative services, treatments and procedures. It can be used on a variety of medical issues, including dental care.

With CareCredit, you can pay for the following dental care treatments and/or procedures:

  • Two checkups per year
  • Gingivitis protection
  • Teeth cleaning
  • Ceramic fillings
  • Bite plates
  • Braces
  • Headgear
  • Tooth repair
  • Root canals

If you have insurance, but it doesn’t cover anything, you can pay the out-of-pocket expenses with your CareCredit, so long as the treatment, procedure or care is covered.

Kool Smiles: A Dentist That Accepts AHCCCS

Trying to find a dentistry that takes AHCCCS in your area can be challenging. However, with Kool Smiles locations in Tucson and Yuma, the affordable dental care you are looking for may be just around the corner. To find an Arizona Kool Smiles location near you, call us today at 254-781-0553.

Does your child visit the dentist twice a year? Does your child have wisdom teeth growing in? Do you expect they will need braces soon? Now’s the time to find a Kool Smiles office near you. We look forward to helping your child have healthy teeth for years to come.

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Sources:

Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System: http://www.azahcccs.gov/

Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System: https://azahcccs.gov/Members/GetCovered/apply.html

Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System: https://www.azahcccs.gov/Members/GetCovered/Categories/children.html

Humana: https://www.humana.com/all-products/understanding-insurance/what-is-hmo

Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System: https://www.azahcccs.gov/Resources/Downloads/DFMSTraining/2017/Dental%20Updates.pdf

Medical News Today: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320552.php