From Spokane to Vancouver, wherever you live in the state of Washington, get help finding a dentist, whether you have insurance or not
If you’re a resident of Washington state looking for dentists that accept no insurance coverage, we can help.
Not having any dental insurance can make finding a dentist stressful. It can be frustrating to look up individual dentist offices, call each one, and then find out their policies for patients without insurance. But if you live in Washington, DentistLink, a no-cost referral service, can be your assistant in your search. Through our free online search tool and in-person referral line, we help people in Washington state find the dentist that is right for them, even if you don’t have dental insurance.
We’ve also got tips for other ways to ease your search for a dental care provider that accepts no insurance. Read on for more on finding your new dentist.
DentistLink is a great tool to help you find a dentist
You’re reading this article on the DentistLink.org website, which provides a free referral service that will connect you with a local dentist or specialist who can provide oral health care, even if you have no dental insurance. As the headline says, DentistLink helps everyone, whether you have insurance or not. Just search on our website, or call or text our toll-free number, 844-888-5465.
On our home page, there are three options for finding a dentist who accepts no insurance:
- Search for a dentist near me asks simple questions, including a reason for the visit, zip code, age, phone number and insurance status (in this case, “no insurance”). After you click search, you will see a list of dental offices, addresses and the distance from your zip code. When you click on the name, a phone number, map to their location and other information will appear. If you don’t get a list of dentists, you may need to adjust your search criteria under ‘advanced filters’ including how far you are willing to travel.
- Call or text the DentistLink team to reach a member of the DentistLink referral specialist team at 844-888-5465 between 8 am and 5 pm Monday through Friday, or leave a voice message any time and a referral specialist will contact you as soon as they can.
- Have DentistLink contact me takes you to a form to fill out with the same basic information as in the search option, as well as whether you are looking for a dentist for yourself or someone else, how you’d like to be contacted, date of birth and whether you or the person you are searching for is pregnant or has diabetes. A referral specialist will then follow up with you with referral information for a dental office that meets your needs.
When you contact a DentistLink referral specialist, they can help you in a lot of ways. For example, the specialists speak both English and Spanish and can connect you to interpretive services for other languages if needed. They can also help you search for childcare and transportation providers to ensure you can get to your dental appointment.
Organizations who help people without dental insurance
DentistLink is operated by Arcora Foundation, the foundation of Delta Dental of Washington, so there is never a charge to use this referral service. Our goal is to help everyone receive the dental care they need. Our friendly referral team and online tools are here to assist everyone, whether they have insurance such as Medicaid (known in this state as Apple Health), or if they have no insurance at all.
It can be challenging to find a dentist that will provide care on a sliding scale if you don’t have dental insurance. However, there are free or sliding-scale options available to you if you don’t have dental insurance. See the side bar for examples from around the state of dentists that accept no insurance.
This list of providers is not intended to be comprehensive. It’s also important to understand that the availability of services from these and other providers may be limited based on when clinics are scheduled and other factors.
There are undoubtedly other dentists that accept no insurance around the state. One thing is clear from the list provided and from the fact that there are other providers –– you could spend a lot of time on your own trying to find a dentist that accepts no insurance near you and meets your other needs.
Other statewide resources for those with no dental insurance
The Washington State Department of Health also has links to find dental care, such as Washington Information Network 2-1-1. This connects you to a searchable database where you can look for dental providers by city, county or zip code. This service is also used to search for all kinds of services to meet other needs, including emergency housing options, finding a job, paying utility bills, food, health insurance, drug and alcohol addiction services, tax preparation, and children in crisis.
The Washington Healthcare Access Alliance (WHAA) website includes a search function that enables you to search for free and low-cost clinics by county and type of healthcare, including dental.
Whatever method you choose to look for dental care, it’s important to realize that you have options to find dental care even if you don’t have dental insurance. It also may be the case that you qualify for insurance and are not aware of it. You can enroll in Apple Health insurance at any time, which includes dental coverage. The Washington Health Benefit Exchange provides comprehensive information on eligibility criteria, help in applying, coverage basics and other details of plans, financial help, and more. And the Washington State Health Care Authority, which administers the Apple Health program, provides detailed information about obtaining Apple Health and what dental benefits are covered if you qualify.
Dentists That Accept No Insurance by County
Benton County (Tri-Cities)
Grace Clinic (Kennewick)
Hope Care Clinic (Wenatchee)
Free Clinic of Southwest Washington (Vancouver)
Battle Ground HealthCare (Battle Ground)
Union Gospel Mission (Seattle)
HealthPoint Community Clinic (Auburn, Bothell, Federal Way Kent, Des Moines, Redmond, SeaTac, Tukwila)
Christ Community Free Clinic (Auburn)
Union Gospel Mission (Olympia)
Community Health Center of Snohomish County (Arlington, Lynnwood, Edmonds, Everett)
Lahai Health Dental Clinic (Lynnwood)
Walla Walla County
SonBridge Dental Clinic (College Place)
Union Gospel Mission (Yakima)
This is not an exhaustive list of providers that offer free or sliding-scale dental services. Use our Find a Dentist tool to find the right dentist for you.
Why it’s important to find and utilize dental care
Dental care is important to maintain your health — not just in your mouth but your overall health. For example, routine dental visits can reduce other health risks by helping detect as many as 120 other diseases and medical conditions. These include diabetes, cardiovascular problems, HIV/AIDS, leukemia, Lou Gehrig’s disease, many oral cancers, respiratory illnesses, stress, anemia, hormonal issues and more.
Poor oral health including cavities and gum disease is linked to a number of these serious diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and pneumonia. Poor oral health can cause complications to pregnant women and their babies. And of course, cavities can be painful and can affect the ability to eat nutritious foods, get a good night’s sleep, perform well at work or in school, and so much more.
Don’t let not having dental insurance keep you from reaching out to find the dental care that can help improve your oral and overall health. DentistLink can help connect you to dentists that accept no insurance. Try out our online search tool to find a dentist yourself, or get help from one of our referral specialists (text or call us at 844-888-5465) or use our contact form, and we will assist you in finding a provider who will meet your oral health care needs.