Is PRDC a Free Clinic? No. PRDC is a nonprofit dental safety net clinic. PRDC accepts patients with insurance and income levels. We utilize a sliding scale so patients from high-income households pay more for their dental care than patients with lower household incomes.
Why does PRDC charge for its services? Unlike a Free Clinic, PRDC receives no state support. Most Free Clinics do not accept patients with insurance. One of PRDC’s most important roles in the health safety net is to provide care for those covered by Medicaid, a type of insurance. In fact, 65% of our patients use Medicaid to pay for their care. Medicaid reimburses dentists less than 50% of the commercial fee for the services provided. Also unlike Free Clinics, our dentists and staff are employees and contractors, not volunteers. They receive salaries and benefits or fees for their time. In fact, PRDC meets a payroll of almost $750,000 per year.
The equipment needed to provide dental care is also much more extensive, and expensive, than at a Free Clinic.
What does it cost? If you have Medicaid/Smiles For Children or Delta Dental Premier insurance, you may have no direct costs for a covered procedure. If you don’t have insurance, then your cost will be determined by your income level. If your household income is 200% of the federal poverty level or greater, then you can expect to pay what you would pay at any dentist office for the same procedure. If your household income is below 200% of the FPL, then you will qualify for our Affordable Care Program, a deeply discounted fee schedule, and your costs will be significantly lower than at a commercial dentist.
How many PRDC patients qualify for the Affordable Care Program? About 95%.
How can I find out if I qualify? If your household income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty level, you probably qualify. For more information, click here
Are there other dental safety net clinics in Virginia? Yes, in fact there are 81 dental safety net clinics, but many provide only part-time care.
For a list with contact information, click here.
When are you open? Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm. We are closed for lunch between 1pm-2pm.
How long will I have to wait to get an appointment? Not very long at all, often we can appoint you within a just a few days.
Does PRDC treat very young children? You bet we do! All of our kids are treated by a pediatric dentist, a specialist in treating very young children and those with special needs. We even have ‘kid sized’ dental chairs! Did you know that 55% of PRDC patients are under 20?
Does PRDC offer any kind of sedation? Yes, we have two nitrous units (aka happy gas). Our dentists can tell you whether nitrous is right for you.
Why do I have to have my teeth cleaned before I see the dentist? We need to perform dental hygiene services ( cleaning) for patients so that we do not miss cavities under swollen gum tissue or “tartar”. It is also important to have a cleaning to reduce sensitivity and pain and to prevent further disease. Finally, taking care of your gums…which is a key objective during cleanings…is the first step in reducing inflammation that may make conditions like heart disease or diabetes worse.
Where are you located? In Orange, in the same mall parking lot as Orange Family Physicians and Country Cooking. PLENTY of free parking! We are in the same building as the Orange County Free Clinic.