• Dental Care

    Children with special healthcare needs often have more severe dental problems and are more difficult to treat. Their disability, as well as the increased incidence of anxiety that may accompany their physical and/or developmental disabilities, present additional challenges for care. This can result in the need for sedation or general anesthesia. Insurers and state programs may not cover sedation or general anesthesia for dental work. We therefore often recommend bundling dental work with other procedures that may need sedation, such as minor surgeries or endoscopies. Sedation for MRI's or audiology can also benefit by bundling. In addition to the cost savings, combining procedures reduces the patient's exposure to additional anesthesia.

    The Complex Care Center at Cincinnati Children's has compiled a list of Southwestern Ohio dental care resources for children with specialized healthcare needs. If you have a dental emergency, cannot afford a dentist or lack dental insurance, there are places that can help.
    • Dental OPTIONS (Ohio Partnership To Improve Oral health through access to Needed Services) assists Ohioans with special health care needs and / or financial barriers to obtain dental care.
      • Safety Net Dental Care Programs has a brochure and provide clinical dental services and generally are operated by local health departments, community health centers, hospitals and other organizations that serve the community. Ohio has approximately 100 programs that provide basic dental services and 12 programs that offer preventive care. Safety Net Dental Care Programs offer sliding fee schedules, reduced fees or free care to clients who can’t afford to pay a private dentist.
    • CincySmiles Foundation provides access to professional dental care for children and families who need it most in the Cincinnati community. Their programs include a school-based dental sealant program, donated professional services, community dental clinics, and mobile dental van that goes to Cincinnati Public Schools and Hamilton County Head Start Programs.
    • Ohio Association of Community Health Centers (OACHC) has information on dental clinics. 

    Caresource has a  provider directory to find dentists who accept Medicaid or Medicare in your area.  You can search online.

    Molina has information about dental coverage and a provider directory to find dentists who accept Medicaid. You can search online.

    Paramount has information about dental coverage and a provider directory to find dentists who accept Medicaid.  You can search online.

    • Clement Health Center, 513-357-7310
    • Elm Street Clinic, 513-352-2927
    • McMicken Dental Center for The Homeless, 513-352-6363
    • Millvale Health Center, 513-352-3192
    • Northside Health Center, 513-357-7610
    • Price Hill Clinic, 513-357-2704
    • Dental One in Over the Rhine, 513-721-6060
    • Lincoln Heights Regional Family Dental Care, 513-588-3623
    • Norwood City Health Department, 513-458-4600
    • Walnut Hills / Evanston Medical Center, 513-281-4116
    • West End Health Center, 513-621-2726, ext 201
    • Winton Hills Health Center, 513-242-1033
    • Cincinnati Children's Outpatient Fairfield, 513-636-6435  
    • The Butler County Dental Care Program, 513-678-5826

    Resources for older individuals with special needs:

    Dr. Dennis Schaffer
    Grandview Hospital
    405 West Grand Ave.
    Phone: 937-226-3368
    Fax: 937-226-2613
    Hospital Dentistry Only
    Medicaid Provider

    Dr. Louis Mayo
    Jewish Hospital Evendale Medical Building
    10475 Reading Rd., Suite 301
    Cincinnati, OH  45224
    Phone: 513-769-3000
    Fax: 513-769-6296
    Hospital Dentistry and Office Dentistry
    Medicaid Provider

    Dr. Ed Sterling
    Nisonger Center
    Ohio State University
    1581 Dodd Dr.
    Columbus, OH  43210
    Phone: 614-292-8365
    Fax: 614-292-3727
    Hospital and Clinic Dentistry
    Medicaid Providers

    Dr. Jerome McMahon
    University Hospital Dental Center
    Cincinnati Ohio
    Phone: 513-584-6650
    Medicaid Provider

    Dr. David Rider, Pediatric Dentist for Children, Adolescents and Special Needs, Blue Ash office, 513-791-6154.

    Cincinnati Children's Outpatient Mason, 513-636-6800
    • Community Services Pediatric Dental Center, 513-732-7206
    • Dr. Ronald Poulos, pediatric dentist providing care to children and adolescents with special needs, Anderson, 513-232-0550.
    • Southern Ohio Health Services Network, Ripley, 937-392-4338
    • Southern Ohio Health Services Network, Seaman Family Dental Center, 937-386-1379
    • Campbell County Emergency Fund, 859-292-3838
    • Donated Dental Services, 888-765-6789
    • Health Point Family Care, Covington, 859-655-8031
    • Dr. David Rider, pediatric dentist for children, adolescents and special needs, Highlands Heights, 859-781-1500.
    • Dr. Sophie Duval-Austin, treats infants to adolescents with special health care needs, Pediatric Dental Garden Center, Crestview Hills, 859-344-6200.
    • Moore Dental Services treats children with special needs, Florence, 859-525-0507.
  • Contact Us

    We want to hear from you. Email us with your feedback or suggestions for additional resources. Call our Family Resource Center at 513-636-7606 with your questions.