Whether you're traveling to Oklahoma City and have a dental emergency or have just made this city your home and don't have local dental insurance yet, you're going to need to find a qualified dentist who won't break the bank with its non-insured rates. Fortunately, a number of organizations and entities offer free or reduced price dental services in the Oklahoma City metro area.
While some of these dentist offices provide services on certain days of the week that are completely free, many do charge a small price. Still, the following dentist offices are significantly cheaper than standard offices, especially if you don't have dental insurance to mitigate the costs.
It's important to note, however, that several of the following dental offices and outreach centers only provide care to residents of Oklahoma City, so make sure you bring a piece of mail or your Oklahoma driver's license or identification card with you when you visit these more-selective dental health providers.
Offering tooth extractions only, Baptist Mission Center operates dental services that you have to call in advance to make an appointment for. For Oklahoma County residents only, this dental clinic accepts 30 appointment slots each month but also hosts the Oklahoma Dental Association's mobile unit once every quarter, which performs more advanced procedures. The Baptist Mission Center also offers a medical clinic, women's health clinic, pharmacy, food pantry, and clothes closet for the homeless.
A reduced-cost dental service for children, Clinica Amistad operates out of the Latino Community Development Agency at 420 Southwest 10th Street in Oklahoma City. With appoints available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m., there's plenty of opportunities for some cheaper dental services at this location.
The Crossings Community Church offers a variety of health and human services to uninsured members of the community, including dental, healthcare, and vision all inside a new building that was constructed in 2015. Hours are determined by the volunteer medical providers that work in the clinic, but the facility itself is typically open Monday through Friday during regular business hours. All visits are by appointment only.
Intended for the elderly (over 60), developmentally disabled, or low-income individuals (based on state guidelines), D-Dent offers free comprehensive dental service for qualified clients. There is a significant waiting list, so call for eligibility and application.
Run by volunteers through the First Baptist Church of Oklahoma City (FBC), Good Shepherd Ministries has operated since the late 1960s as an outreach program for impoverished residents of the state, but in 1977, the program expanded when two medical OU students and FBC Pastor Tom Mitscher established a makeshift clinic in downtown Oklahoma City. Today, Good Shepherd Clinic operates out of Ramirez Center and offers a full-service dental clinic with a volunteer dentist, two volunteer assistants, and one volunteer hygienist.
The Mary Mahoney Health Center requires a $25 fee, a photo ID, proof of address, and proof of income for services in order to determine the cost (on a sliding scale). On top of offering both emergent and by-appointment services, Mary Mahoney Health Center Other also offers mental health care, women's health care, a pharmacy, family support, health education, and older adult and adolescent services.
A low-cost clinic, Neighborhood Services Organization (NSO) offers basic general dentistry with fees due at time of service. Open Tuesday through Thursday and alternating Fridays and Saturdays, this clinic offers a full range of dental services, including dentures, for a fraction of the cost.
Dental students at OU's College of Dentistry perform low-cost dental services—about a third of what you would pay at a regular dentist's office. Appointments are available Monday through Friday throughout the spring and fall semesters. This clinic also provides emergency services for individuals experiencing dental discomfort or pain, but they will be limited and are only intended to alleviate pain.
In Midwest City, Rose State College's medical program offers a low-cost dental hygiene clinic. This 12-chair community clinic was established in 1970 and only operates during the fall and spring academic semesters at the school. Services are available for both adults and children at a small charge, and you need to call ahead to schedule an appointment.
Variety Care provides services for all ages, accepts insurance, and has a sliding scale of fees depending on your income. The organization performs most dental procedures and is open Monday through Friday. They also provide medical, behavioral health, optometry, WIC, and other services at six locations in the metro, including Health For Friends, which integrated into the Variety Care network in 2017.
The Oklahoma City Indian Clinic's (OCIC) mission is to provide health care services to the Native American community living in Oklahoma City, regardless of income. In order to access an appointment at the OCIC, you must present either a Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) card issued by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, a tribal enrollment card, or a Letter of Descendancy from a federally recognized tribe. Services are free for CDIB card-holders and walk-ins are accepted in addition to reservation scheduling.