It’s no wonder why so many people dislike the dentist: whether you need simple teeth cleaning or an intense dental surgery, a visit to your dentist can be expensive, time-consuming, and particularly challenging for people with special requirements.
For some, mobile dentistry might be a better option than booking an appointment at a traditional dentist. This is especially for true for those among us who may struggle to commute back and forth—such as the elderly or people with disabilities—or those of us who might be apprehensive at the dentist and benefit from accessing care in the familiar surroundings of our own home.
Evidence has shown that a mobile dental clinic offers promising results both in America and abroad, although you might still be on the fence about whether or not it is right for your family. Here are some of the benefits and challenges of the practice to help you make an informed decision for your family:
Pro: Vulnerable Communities Are Often a Primary Focus
Dentistry has a reputation for being elitist medical care—after all, over seventy million Americans have no dental coverage in their insurance plans and many more have limited coverage that makes even the most basic trip to the dentist a financial challenge. Therefore, whether you need root canals, are suffering from gum disease, or simply want to see one of the many great dental hygienists,complete mobile dentistry on your doorstep is an enormous plus.
Additionally, there are many small hassles that add up when going to a dentist.What happens when you can’t find a suitable doctor in your area? What happens when you are public transit bound? How will you get home from surgeries if you have no one in your life to assist you?
Mobile dentistry tries to address these issues by specifically focusing on vulnerable patients. Some mobile dental services work out of a “dental clinic on wheels,” where all the equipment needed for dental care is available while others offer services right in the comfort of a patient’s home. Many mobile dentists offer both.
For this reason, mobile dentists are a great resource for elderly patients, people with disabilities and those with busy schedules. It is also a great option for rural or isolated communities that may not have a traditional clinic anywhere nearby.
As mobile dentists often treat patients with special needs and accessibility requirements, they often have the proper training and experience needed to work with patients from all backgrounds as well, making the entire experience easier on patients.
Con: The Services Can Be Limited
Like with any traditional dentist, the range of available services at a mobile dentist will vary. Although many mobile dentists can offer a full range of services, including surgeries and cosmetic procedures, others will only be equipped for basic care.
If you find a mobile dentist that you are interested in, ask about what services they have available. If you require lots of dental work, a mobile dentist might not be an accessible option for you.
Pro: Mobile Dentists Can Be an Affordable Option…
Dental work can be expensive. In fact, this is a leading reason why patients are unable to visit the dentist as regularly as they might need to and want to.
Mobile dentistry is a practice built on the idea of bringing high-quality dental care to patients who may not otherwise receive it so affordable practices are often a priority as well. Some clinics offer sliding-scale pricing that ensures dental care is affordable, even for uninsured patients.
Some mobile clinics are even operated by non-profit organizations to help ensure the affordability of every service.
Con: …But You Will Still Need to Do Your Research
Simply because mobile dentistry has a reputation for being a cheaper option does not make it so. If you are not familiar with the cost of dental services, it might be easy to assume that a mobile clinic is the cheapest way to go and, therefore, not question it.
The reality is that many mobile clinics offer prices that are on par with traditional clinics. In fact, some may even have additional charges for bringing your care right to your doorstep. Some traditional clinics even have a mobile dentistry component that’s entirely connected to their clinic.
For this reason, you should always check with both your mobile dentist and, if applicable, your insurance provider, before booking an appointment.
Pro: Care on Your Own Schedule
The limited hours of many medical clinics create a serious challenge for working patients. Whether you have small children, limited appointment days at work, or struggle to find time as a result of balancing multiple jobs, making it to an appointment within the traditional 9-to-5 time frame can be a real obstacle.
Mobile dentistry can make this easier on you. As mobile dentists are already forgoing the basic structure of a traditional dentist’s office, their hours of operation are in many cases much wider as well. Many mobile dentists are able to cater to patients’ needs and provide services in the evening or early morning.
However, just as with pricing, you should be automatically convinced that a mobile dentist will be able to perfectly within your schedule. Always ask about a mobile dentist’s operating hours, as well as their policies surrounding cancellation.
Con: The Challenge of Finding a Mobile Dentist
If you have decided that mobile dentistry is right for you and your family, you might be wondering about the next step: finding a mobile dentist. Sometimes, mobile dentists are even harder to find than traditional dentist offices. With their locations not fixated, a simple Google search could leave you without any solid leads.
Fortunately, we can help. By calling our toll-free, 24-hour hotline at 1-(855)-282-1699, we can help you find a dentist (mobile or otherwise) that can cater to your specific needs, located in your area, wherever you live in the country. You can also visit our website to learn more about the services we offer.
Everyone deserves the best quality dental care—and finding a dentist suitable for you should be the least of your worries. Through our hotline service, we can help you access affordable care in your own local area, from Alaska to Hawaii, so that you can stop looking for a dentist and start receiving treatment from one.