Veterans Administration dentists are dental clinics that provide service to eligible veterans at no cost. In Tulsa, there is a VA medical facility in the southern part of the city which contains a dental clinic that provides access to quality preventative and restorative dentistry for veterans.
The dentists in this clinic offer routine cleanings and other services like tooth extractions and root canals. All pertinent information is available online including maps, forms required by the VA, medical support staff information (including phone numbers,) and current wait times before being seen.
To receive treatment at this free clinic, veterans simply need to fill out an application with their local County Veteran Service Office to receive a letter indicating eligibility for care. Then, they can make an appointment with a dentist by calling or going online.
For the VA to determine eligibility for care, veterans will need a letter from their local County Veterans Service Office that states they have been diagnosed with an injury or illness which is service-related. Information from that letter is entered into medical records so it can be tracked by the VA’s electronic health record system. This allows them to see what other treatments are available and helps ensure continuity of care between facilities. Additionally, VA hospitals are federally mandated as healthcare providers for wartime injuries so disabled veterans are eligible.
Veterans who are ineligible for dental care at the VA include those with recent extractions, widespread periodontal disease, dental surgery within the past year, problems that cannot be resolved with hygiene alone, and patients with acute pain. If you are not eligible, but still need dental care, there are other options.
Many veterans who are not eligible for free services can purchase low-cost dental insurance through the VA to receive reduced rates on private dentist visits. This does not include emergency treatment or endodontics (root canals). To be eligible for this plan, veterans must have served at least two years of active duty service with an honorable discharge.
If you find yourself ineligible to use the VA facility for dental care, we invite you to visit South Tulsa Smiles for your dental needs. We offer gentle, relaxing dental treatments and truly take care of our patients. Our friendly dentist and staff are also on hand to answer any questions that you may have about your dental care. We provide quality preventative and restorative care to veterans in Tulsa, OK. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, give us a call or fill out our online contact form today! We would love the chance to show you why South Tulsa Smiles is considered south Tulsa’s most comfortable dentistry.