Finding Affordable Pediatric Dental Care Without Insurance

DID YOU KNOW, IT’S THE LAW! Illinois law (Child Health Examination Code, 77 III. Adm Code 665) states that all children in kindergarten and the second, sixth and ninth grades of any public, private or parochial school shall have a dental examination.

The examination must have taken place within 18 months prior to May 15 of the school year. A licenses dentist must complete the examination, sign and date a Proof of School Dental Examination Form.

Every parent wants the best for their child. When your child has a toothache or is due for a dental checkup, you want them to get the professional care they need to stay healthy. But with the rising cost of dental insurance, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for families to find affordable pediatric dental care.

The good news is, there are ways to obtain low-cost dental care for your child even if you don’t have insurance and we will gladly assist in ensuring you get the proper dental examination to meet the states Proof of School Dental Examination requirement.
Hi, I’m Dr. James Hasken and I have been practicing dentistry in McHenry since 1987. Below, I’ve discussed the importance of routine dental checkups for children and how options like my office’s Health Focused Preventative Plan make it possible for families to stay on track with their dental health.

Why It’s Important to Take Your Child to the Dentist

Pediatric dental care is important for children because it helps prevent the onset and progression of dental disease. Additionally, having good dental health can also protect other aspects of your child’s health and help with their speech development and ability to retain nutrients. The sooner that a dental issue can be identified, the faster it can be treated.

Common Pediatric Dental Concerns
The most common pediatric dental concerns for children include:
● Tooth decay
● Tooth sensitivity
● Gum disease
● Thumb-sucking
● Lip sucking
● Premature tooth loss

Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies are not uncommon for young children. The most common scenarios in which a child is taken in for an emergency dental visit include:

● Toothache
● Knocked out tooth
● Broken, fractured, or chipped tooth
● Dental intrusion
● Jaw injury or head trauma

The Cost of Family Dental Insurance Plans
The problem with many family dental insurance plans today is that they are extremely limited in terms of their coverage and benefits. Many fail to cover the cost of common dental procedures and require the family to pay a large out-of-pocket sum. Furthermore, providers that participate in PPO (Preferred Provider Organization) plans are often over-burdened with the number of patients they receive and try to rush them in and out of appointments. Often, families who visit these providers fail to get the proper care and attention they need.

Alternatives to Dental Insurance at James A. Hasken, DDS in McHenry

Fortunately, there are alternative options that can ease the financial burden of dental treatment for children and families. An example is the Health-Focused Preventative Plan offered at my office.

Health-Focused Preventative Plan for Children
The goal of my Health-Focused Preventative Plan is to provide affordable dental care for everyone, including children and families. The Child Plan is only $350.00 / Per person per year
• 2 Routine Cleanings
• Routine X Rays
• 2 Fluoride Treatments
• 1 Emergency Exam (during regular
office hours) / X RAYS
• 15% off all Other Services

Families who enroll in this plan save about 15% on child dental services.

If you are in search of affordable pediatric dental care, I urge you to contact my office. My team and I will be happy to discuss your concerns and help you find a payment option that aligns with your financial needs.

With wishes for good health,
Dr. James Hasken

About James A. Hasken, DDS

Since 1987, Dr. James Hasken has been providing HEALTH-FOCUSED DENTISTRY in McHenry. Being Health-Focused means that we provide you with the information and coaching to help you toward your oral health goals.

Our approach is INTEGRATIVE DENTAL MEDICINE which is about identifying how the BODY, BREATHING, BACTERIA, and BITE effects total health. This puts you, the patient, at the center with a focus on prevention, fostering the development of healthy behaviors, and skills for effective self-control and care that can be used for a lifetime to attain optimum health. The mouth is a reflection of total body health. We would love the opportunity to help you attain the level of total body health you desire.

We serve many patients from McHenry, Crystal Lake, Woodstock, Spring Grove, Richmond, Genoa City, Twin Lakes, Wonder Lake, Island Lake, Johnsburg, Ringwood, Volo, Fox Lake, Lakemoor, Holiday Hills, Round Lake, Round Lake Park, and Round Lake Beach. We invite you to contact us today at 815-385-0777!