Dental Clinic

Purpose

The need for free adult dental care exceeds, the availability of care in Tricounty SC.  Shifa Clinic strives to give all adults and children who meet Patient Eligibility criteria an opportunity to receive care through the Prospective Patient Pool (PPP).

By integrating dental operations within Shifa clinic our campaign will expand access to oral health services and advance our mission of improving health outcomes through truly integrated, whole-patient healthcare. Years of hard work and research culminated with the launch of one room dental clinic. Special thanks to Dr. Andy Kloch and his wife Hannah for being true partners in development of the clinic.

Co-locating our dental program within our medical clinic will ensure that we treat oral health issues that can be the cause or consequence of other health problems. This proximity will foster true care coordination among our physicians, dentists, and other health professionals, leading to the kind of patient-centered medical/dental home that is proven to improve health outcomes.

How to Apply for Dental Clinic?

  1. All patients are put into the Prospective Patient Pool .  Their PPP(Waiting List) forms (see form below) are organized according to the following pain/priority chart:

-Pain level of 7-10 (8-10 months+)

*Patients experiencing acute dental needs such as extreme dental   pain, dental infection, facial swelling and fever are advised to go to an ER or urgent care for     antibiotics

-Pain level of 4-6     (1 ½ -2 ½ years+)*

-Pain level of 0-3 (2+ years)*

2.Complete the Prospective Patient Pool (PPP) form: Prospective Patient Pool Application English 

Prospective Patient Pool Application Spanish

In addition to the PPP form patient must submit Shifa application, proof of income, proof of residency and Proof of ID.

•Via phone Call at  843-352-4580

•In person to  1092 Johnnie Dodds Blvd Suite 108

•or fax the form to 843-375-9063

*Whether a patient calls or requests care in person the triage process is the same.

When will I hear back from the clinic after application submission?

The Prospective Patient will fill out the form and wait their turn on the waiting list before they receive dental care. The PPP form will help Clinic to determine the priority of the patient’s needs and what type of care might be needed for the Patient.

As soon as we receive your paper work we will contact you within 1 business day and provide you with an estimated wait time or date and time of appointment based on the form. The length of time listed is an estimate.

While patients are waiting on our list they are encouraged to try and gain care and/or other free and low cost clinics. We also encourage patients to keep up home care and home remedies such as a warm salt water gargle or sensitive toothpaste.

 

What is the eligibility criteria? What if I have Medicaid or Medicare?

Patients that have Medicaid may have limited dental insurance for emergency extractions only. With a co-pay through a Medicaid approved dental facility.

If patient does not have any medicaid then patient will have to go to the Medicaid Offices

These patients can be seen at Clinic for  cleanings and non-emergency extractions despite their Medicaid insurance coverage. ( Shifa FreeClinic is NOT a Medicaid provider and does not charge or process any Medicaid or other insurance.)

*Patients that have Medicare have NO dental insurance can be seen at the dental clinic

Visit the Medicaid website for more information at South Carolina Medicaid

 

Meet Our Dentist

Andy Kloch, DDS

           Dr. Andy Kloch practices in Surfside Beach at Kloch Family Dentistry. He resides in Pawleys Island with his wife, Hannah, and their three rescue dogs, Marbles, Tiller, and Petri.
He has been involved in volunteer dentistry in his hometown, statewide, and internationally since he graduated from dental school, and is excited to start serving those in need in the Charleston area.
In his spare time, Dr. Kloch enjoys being out on the water, and traveling with Hannah and the dogs.

Dental Clinic Days 

Basic Dental Services 

The following services are available by scheduled appointments only:
  • Comprehensive oral exams
  • Health screenings
  • X-rays
  • Extractions

Coming Soon 

  • Cleanings

Not Provided

  • Be aware that  Clinic does not provide sedation, crowns, bridges, implants, root canal treatments and dentures.  This is not an inclusive list.

Medically or Dentally complex cases may be beyond the scope of Clinics Services.  These patients may be referred to other providers on a limited basis.

 

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