How to Apply for Dental Clinic?
- 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
•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