Louisiana Charitable Dental Clinics
Federally Qualified Health Centers, or FQHCs, can also be found in different parts of the state. A list of FQHCs and additional information can be found on the LA Primary Care Association website.
Another option is the LSUHSC School of Dentistry, however, there is a cost associated with the dental care. However, the fees are offered at a reduced rate compared to private practices. Visit the LSUHSC School of Dentistry website for contact and patient information.
The Louisiana Health Care Commission through the Louisiana Department of Insurance has gathered a wealth of information for the uninsured and placed it in brochures set up to highlight regional parts of the state. The completed brochures, called Regional Health Care Resources for the Uninsured, have been done for the following (with more to come, click the link to visit the LDI website and view all available brochures):
Donated Dental Program of Acadiana
The Donated Dental Program of Acadiana is comprised of volunteer dentists throughout Acadiana (Acadia, Avoyelles, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, Terrebonne and Vermilion parishes) and provides free dental treatment for patients who have been approved for the program. These volunteer dentists offer their office and staff out of the kindness of their hearts. In 2012, this program saw 149 patients, donating $199,015 worth of dental care.
Criteria for eligibility: Patients must be 62 years or older with household income at or below the Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG) and not working or 18 years plus receiving SSI and/or SSD due to a severe disability which prevents the person from working, with household income at or below FPG. Patients must be ambulatory. Examples of Disabilities: mental retardation, muscle disorders, Cerebral Palsy, visual and hearing impairments, epilepsy, developmental disabilities, spinal cord injuries (no other type of back injury) and mental illnesses (bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, etc.). Examples of Medically Compromising Conditions: cancer, renal/kidney disease, diabetes, heart disease and liver disease. Proof of Gross Income (required for all household members): bank statement; award letter for Social Security, SSI and SSD, retirement; pensions; and, any other income statements. The program does not offer full mouth extractions, posterior (back) root canals, dentures or bridge work. For more information contact: 232-HELP/LA 211 Donated Dental Program, P.O. Box 52763, Lafayette, LA 70505, call 337-232-4357, fax 337-232-1960 or e-mail:
Health Care Clinic
Located at: 1317 Jefferson Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 Monday - Thursday and 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday, closed from noon-1 p.m. daily
The clinic provides medical services every Tuesday and Thursday and dental services every Thursday for Lafayette residents only of low to moderate income who are working but do not have health insurance. To receive treatment, you must bring the following items with you:
Most recent pay stub Proof of income for all members of the household
Utility bill or other official mail with your name and address
Your most recent 1040 tax return
Social Security numbers of all immediate family members
*Everyone applying to the clinic over the age of 18 MUST be employed. Please note: the clinic does NOT do physicals for work or school.
St. Bernadette Community Clinic
409 St. John Street
Lafayette, La. 70501
Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday 8:00a.m. - 2:30p.m.
St. Bernadette’s Clinic is a walk in clinic that provides evaluation of dental pain and medical treatment for dental infections. Low income, uninsured and underinsured populations are eligible for medical services. Dental extractions are offered to residents of Acadiana who meet the eligibility criteria. However, there is a waiting list for dental extractions which are available by appointment only. Patients requesting services should bring a picture ID and all current medications to the clinic. Patients can call the clinic at 337-267-1437 for further information.
Capitol City Family Health Center (medical and dental)
3140 Florida Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
(225) 650-2000 (for the dental department, press 2)
Baton Rouge Community Clinic
1. Every Monday and Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Family Road in Baton Rouge , which is located at 323 East Airport Ave.
2. The first and third Tuesday of each month from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, which is located at 1217 South Burnside Ave. in Gonzales.
3. The first and third Tuesday of each month from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Livingston Town Hall, which is located on 20550 Circle Drive in Livingston, La.
Appointments are not needed at any of screening locations.
To qualify for medical and dental services:
• Applicant must be currently employed and work a minimum 30 hours each week.
• Need to have worked the last 10 out of 12 months.
• Cannot have any medical or dental insurance of any kind, or receive any kind of assistances such as Medicaid.
• Must meet an income guideline that will discussed at the first screening meeting.
To receive treatment, applicant must bring:
• Most recent federal income tax statement
• The two most current paycheck stubs
• Photo ID
• Proof of residency, such as a utility bill
Good Samaritans Ministry (Slidell)
Call 985-641-6421 for an appointment. We refer selected people each month.
**Best time to call is the 1st day of the month because the patients are selected for treatment on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The New Orleans Council on Aging (NOCOA)
Call 504-586-7287 or 504-586-7288 to schedule an appointment.
Provide comprehensive dental services, health education, and oral hygiene counseling to ambulatory elderly for a low cost at the Central City Senior Center.
***Best time to call is Monday and Wednesday
United Cerebral Palsy of Greater N.O.
2200 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 103, Kenner, LA 70062
Phone: (504) 461-4266 Fax: (504) 461-9976
Veterans Affairs Clinic (Outpatient Clinic)
Baton Rouge: Located on Essen; (225) 761-3400
Mandeville: 812 Park Ave.; (504) 412-3700
The Mobile Tooth Bus
*Appointment only. Call 504-342-7874 to schedule an appointment.
Located at: Children’s Hospital
We provide dental care to people ages 21 and under at no cost for families that qualify. To qualify, a family must meet 350% of the federal poverty guidelines (Example: A household of four with an income of $70,000/year would still qualify.) We do require that applicants who qualify for LaChip receiving treatment complete a LaChip application within 90 days of treatment. We visit nine specific locations by appointment only. We see emergencies the same day.
Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday
S.D. Hill Dental Clinic
1805 Jackson Street
Hours: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday-Friday
Primary Health Dental Clinic
Located at: 2914 Betin St., Monroe, Louisiana 71201
Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday
Cleanings, fillings and extractions, charges based on income. Patients should bring in proof of income, identification and last check stub (or proof of household income if the patient does not work). Contact the phone number above for an appointment or for more specific information.
Northeast Louisiana Virtual Clinic (NLVC)
Phone: (318) 509-8945
Those seeking healthcare through the NLVC will be screened for eligibility. To qualify for care, a person must meet the following criteria:
•be currently employed, working a minimum of 30 hours per week
•have worked ten out of the last twelve months
•earn 200% or below of the federal poverty guidelines
•show proof of residence in parish of enrollment (utility bill, etc)
•not have any other form of medical or dental insurance
•not be receiving any federal or state assistance
To qualify you MUST bring a copy of these 4 items:
1.Drivers License/Photo ID
2.Previous year's Filed Income Tax Statement (example: Form 1040)
3.Two most current check stubs; if more than one employer in the past year, final check stub of each employment (must provide year to date family income).
4.Proof of residency in this parish of enrollment (utilities bill, etc.)
All Saints Free Community Medical Dental Center
Hours:Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Children's Dental Services
(virtual clinic, all children are seen in the volunteers' offices)
Cindy Green, Childrens' Services Coordinator - (318) 212-6363
David Raines Community Health Center - Bossier
1514 Doctor’s Drive, Bossier City
David Raines Community Health Center - Gilliam
12763 Lay Street, Gilliam
David Raines Community Health Center - Minden
128 Homer Road, Minden
David Raines Community Health Center - Haynesville
1953 East Main Street, Haynesville
David Raines Community Health Center - Shreveport
1625 David Raines Road, Shreveport
Outpatient Medical Center - Dental Clinic
1640 Breazeale Springs Street, Natchitoches
Sliding fee discount with proof of income and number of members in household.
Calcasieu Community Clinic
Located at: 550 Sale Road (On Mcneese State University campus)
Hours: Thursday only, screening hours 4 – 6 p.m. and clinics from 6 – 9 p.m.
Free clinic for the working, uninsured. Patients treated on a first come, first serve basis.
To be eligible:
• Must meet the national poverty guidelines.
• Must bring drivers license, social security card, last three paycheck stubs and a copy of most recent tax return.
• Applicants who have any type of health care insurance (including Medicaid) are NOT eligible.
• People who work on average less than 20 hours/week or who have been unemployed for over 6 months are also NOT eligible.
Southwest Louisiana Education and Referral Center
We provide free dental treatment to the disabled. Applicants must fill out an application to determine eligibility.
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Louisiana participates in the Donated Dental Services (DDS) program as a collaborative, direct way that the dental profession reaches out to the elderly and individuals with special needs. If you would like to volunteer for the program, go to www.dentallifeline.org or call the Louisiana DDS coordinator at 800-946-6016 or 504-940-5200. Patients interested in applying for the program should also call 800-946-6016 or 504-940-5200.
In the current fiscal period (July 1, 2012, to Feb. 28, 2013), the Dental Lifeline Network Louisiana has completed dental work on 141 patients, has 157 more active patients, and 452 pending applications, all people with disabilities or who are aged or medically at-risk. The donated treatment value during that period is already $442,047, not including $29,581 of donated dental lab costs. Since the program’s inception in 1987, 4,808 patients have received $8,151,792 worth of donated treatment.
According to a June 7, 2007, Times Picayune article, “For those who may be disabled or elderly and cannot afford the necessary treatment and are not eligible for public aid, the Donated Dental Services (DDS) program of the Louisiana Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped is a lifeline to proper care.”
For volunteers, participation could not be easier. Dentists and labs take care of the patients, DDS does everything else; no headaches, no red tape. A DDS coordinator is the liaison between the patient, the labs and the dentists, answering any and all questions, assisting the patient, the lab and the dentist with anything and everything. The goal of DDS is to return patients to good oral health, enabling them to reach an affordable maintenance level.
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