Is PRDC a Free Clinic? No. A Free Clinic treats only uninsured, low-income patients. PRDC is a nonprofit dental safety net clinic. PRDC accepts insurance and patients of all income levels. We offer discounts to families with lower household incomes.
Why does PRDC charge for its services? There are several reasons. First is that it takes a great deal of money to staff the clinic forty hours a week; more money than a nonprofit dental safety net clinics can raise by donations. The equipment needed to provide dental care is also much more extensive, and expensive, than at a Free Clinic. Our dentists, hygienists, and dental assistants are employees and receive a salary and benefits. Second, because we accept Medicaid insurance, we are required by law to charge for services received by patients who do not have Medicaid.
What does it cost? If you have Medicaid/Smiles For Children or Delta Dental 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? PRDC can help you with that! Just come in between 8:30 am and 4pm Tuesday – Thursday, bring your paystubs or other evidence of your household income, and our receptionist can help you quickly figure out whether you 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! Monday is “kids day” at PRDC. All of our kids are treated by a pediatric dentist, a specialist in treating very young children. 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 educate patients in proper homecare, so that they can prevent further disease. Periodontal or “gum” disease is generally not painful until it is severe, unlike a cavity that can cause pain, even when it is small.
Where are you located? In Orange, in the same mall parking lot as Pizza Hut and Country Cooking. PLENTY of free parking! We are in the same building as the Orange County Free Clinic.