Author: Savannah Strickland

Dentists usually prescribe opioids to patients experiencing dental pain (Metro-Sanchez). While opioids help mitigate this pain, they cause the patients’ bodies to “release a hormone called dopamine. Dopamine causes [them] to feel pleasure, which could lead to addiction” (“Opioids”). Also, some side effects that patients...

Some patients may have to endure waiting periods during which they have no coverage for certain treatments after a set period of time (Araujo 2018). Dental insurance companies utilize waiting periods in order to prevent people from enrolling into their plan, using its benefits for...

Before sending claims for certain treatments, some dental plans need dentists to receive preauthorization, which “provides written advance approval for the planned service, which is generally valid for 60 days” (“Dental Benefits 101: Preauthorization versus predetermination” 2017). Some dental insurance policies may require additional elements...

Some people with PPO plans go to in-network dentists in order to get more coverage. Some of these dentists may change to an out-of-network status by dropping the PPO plan for reasons, such as “the lower negotiated fees required to participate in dental networks” (“Why...

Dentists can use teledentistry, which utilizes “information technology and telecommunications,” to remotely connect them to patients who cannot easily go to their clinics, such as those in rural areas, elderly people in care homes, and children in certain schools (“Teledentistry 101: Everything you need to...

Dental clinics in insurance networks must have reduced prices for some of their procedures due to their contract with the insurer (DeWood 2016). They may have to apply them to noncovered services, depending on their state and insurance company (DeWood 2016). Consequently, dentists could choose...

Employees may lose their employer’s health insurance through many ways (Reiff 2018). However, depending on their eligibility, they can utilize the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) program in order to temporarily keep using their former employer’s health coverage (“Don’t Worry, COBRA Doesn’t Bite Employers”;...