Mid Level Dental Healthcare Providers : Who Are They And What Are Their Roles?

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Mid-level Dental Healthcare Providers: Who are they and what are their roles As dental health care providers, we look at the many ways we can help our community with their access to care, ways to provide preventative treatment, and how we may best be able provide services to our clients. Many times the largest issue that lies within our community is access to care1. This is current crisis is a tremendous barrier which is affecting low-income populations, restricting their access to care1. In order to provide much needed services to many who go without dental care, a new position has emerged within the dental provider community within the last few years. This new role is the mid-level dental provider. A mid-level dental provider is a…show more content…
These states are Minnesota and Alaska2. Recently, Maine has also passed legislation to authorize a mid-level dental provider to deliver care to underserved populations1. Many other states are also following their predecessors in developing and implementing a mid-level provider, which include Kansas, Vermont, and Washington2. In regards to care, the ADHP, ADT, and the DHAT are able to perform many uncomplicated oral surgeries, pulpotomies, prophylaxis, and preventative care. If care is more complicated than beyond the scope the dental mid-level practitioner may provide, than diagnosis and treatment planning will be referred to a dentist3. Dental care has long been viewed as luxury due to the fact that many can not afford this high cost for health care1. Overall, much of our society either perceives the cost too high or does not give it the urgency it so deserves1. As mentioned earlier, one of the communities biggest issues is the lack of care being served to low-income communities.. This largely comes from the fact that many health care companies do not cover dental care. Another issue is that due to lower pay back from Medicaid, many times dentists do not accept Medicaid as a payment1. Unfortunately, within these underserved, low-income populations, Medicaid is the primary form of coverage that these individuals are able to receive. Other barriers to treatment, also include the lower number of dentists that are also available in these under
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