Find a Medicaid Dentist Seattle

Tips, tricks, tools, and referral specialists – just for you, Seattle – to help you find a dentist taking Medicaid

We know it can be tough to find a Medicaid dentist Seattle. All across the country, it is not easy to find a dentist who take Medicaid, and our city is no exception. For many, the task of finding a Seattle dentist accepting new patients with Apple Health (Washington state’s Medicaid program) may feel near impossible. You may have consulted lists, like King County’s list of Medicaid dentists or the Washington State provider search tool, but found that many of the listings are now outdated. Or perhaps a dentist you used to see no longer accepts Medicaid. That’s why we have put together this guide for people in Seattle on how to use DentistLink tools and other resources to find the best Medicaid dentist for you and your family.

DentistLink is a free referral service for anyone in Washington state, specializing in helping people with Medicaid or with no dental coverage. Read on to learn how DentistLink can help you find the right Medicaid dentist Seattle has for your oral health needs and make the most of your Medicaid dental benefits.

Looking for a Seattle Medicaid dentist? Call or text DentistLink for a free referral:

Helping thousands in Washington connect to dental care

Last year, DentistLink helped over 38,000 users in Washington state find the right dental care to meet their needs. Our knowledgeable referral specialists have up-to-date information on dental offices all across the state, including which ones are currently accepting patients with Medicaid in the Seattle area. These referral services are all free because DentistLink is fully funded by the foundation of Delta Dental of Washington (Arcora Foundation). DentistLink is also a partner of the Washington State Health Care Authority and is now the recommended way for Apple Health/Medicaid enrollees to find a dentist. Many people have found DentistLink to be a convenient, useful tool for finding the dental care they need to stay healthy. Says one satisfied DentistLink user:

“I was struggling to locate an affordable provider who would see the entire process through to a satisfactory result. Through DentistLink I was able to find a suitable provider and get dentures that fit properly. Now I can smile, talk, laugh and eat without worry.”

J., DentistLink user

Because of DentistLink, J. was able to get the affordable care she needed. That’s the power of our free, knowledgeable referral service!

DentistLink: One of the best ways to find a Medicaid dentist in Seattle

This website and our toll-free number, 844-888-5465, provide quick and easy access to a dentist in Seattle who sees patients covered by Medicaid (Apple Health).

Calling or texting 844-888-5465 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday connects you to a referral specialist who can help find dentists in Seattle. You can also send a text to the same number, or call the number at other times to leave a voice message, and a referral specialist will contact you as soon as available.

The referral specialist will ask for your basic information to aid their search:

  • Your name.
  • Your age
  • Your reason for needing to see a dentist.
  • Your zip code.
  • Your insurance coverage (such as Medicaid / Apple Health)

Then, they will provide you with the name and contact information for a Medicaid dentist in Seattle who can set up an appointment to see you.

Using the search tool gives you the opportunity to fill out a brief form with the same information our referral specialists ask in the option above. Searching the directory will provide you the name of one or more Seattle dental providers, their addresses, and the distance from your zip code. Clicking on the dentist’s name will give you a phone number, map to their location and other information so you can set up an appointment. This search tool is available for anyone in Washington state to use 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

There is also the option of filling out a contact form to have a referral specialist contact you. You can complete this form for not just yourself, but also your spouse, parent, or child. Simply fill out basic contact information, the reason for the dental visit, and your Apple Health patient ID number (if you know it). Then, one of our referral specialists will do the search for you. When they contact you, they will be able to answer any questions you may have – and they will supply the name and contact information for a dentist in Seattle who takes Apple Health/Medicaid and who can meet your needs..

Our referral specialists speak both English and Spanish and have access to additional interpreter services if another language is needed. They can also refer you to childcare providers and transportation services to help make sure you can get to your dental appointment.

Find a Seattle dentist that takes Medicaid using our online directory

Medicaid/Apple Health Covers a Wide Range of Dental Services

In Seattle, as most areas of the state, the Medicaid program is known as Apple Health. Over one million adults in Washington receive dental coverage as part of their comprehensive Medicaid benefits. However, only 20% of adults with Medicaid saw a dentist in 2020, with an even lower percentage of 18% for adults with Medicaid in King County.

If you’re looking for a Medicaid dentist in Seattle, you still may be unsure of what services are covered. Apple Health covers a variety of services for eligible adults and children age 20 and younger, and for people who have a Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) designation. These include:

  • Routine exams
  • Cleanings
  • X-rays
  • Fillings
  • Fluoride applications
  • Extractions
  • Other limited services such as root canals, dentures, oral surgery and care of gum disease

Your ProviderOne services card works as your proof of insurance for both medical and dental coverage. Be sure to bring this card with you so that your dental provider can make sure your service is covered. If you have Apple Health but can’t find your physical ProviderOne card, you can find a digital version of your card through the WAPlanfinder Mobile App.

People of all ages may be eligible for coverage under Apple Health, including yourself, your parents, and your children. DentistLink has a brief overview of Washington state’s dental benefits through Apple Health, including how to see if you qualify and enroll. The Washington State Health Care Authority, which administers the state’s Apple Health program, has more information on how to use your Apple Health coverage.

Once you book your dental appointment, DentistLink has some quick tips and reminders to help your appointment with a Medicaid dentist be a success.

“DentistLink is a lifesaver. Without you I would probably never have seen a dentist. I’m so very grateful. You seriously saved my life.”

Robert, DentistLink user

Don’t delay in finding a dentist

Whatever path you choose for finding a dentist in Seattle that accepts Medicaid / Apple Health, don’t put it off. Oral health problems are serious and affect your overall health as well. In addition to the pain and disabling effects of tooth decay and gum disease, oral disease is linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, complications in pregnancy, and other serious illnesses and medical conditions.

For the quickest and easiest solution, remember: Our DentistLink staff can help you connect to the right Medicaid dentist Seattle has for your needs!

Making your own inquiries for a Seattle dentist

If you’d like to do your own search for a dentist in Seattle who takes Medicaid, there are a number of potential options.

Neighborcare Health Dental Care provides services at 6 locations across Seattle, including Rainier Valley and High Point in West Seattle.

International Community Health Services provides dental services for Medicaid covered patients in two Seattle locations:

ICHS also operates a mobile dental clinic that serves Seattle-area middle schools and high schools.

Other potential options for a dentist in Seattle that accepts Apple Health/Medicaid include:

This is not an exhaustive list of Seattle providers that accept Medicaid. Our Find a Dentist tool is the most up-to-date resource for finding Medicaid dentists in Seattle.

Or call or text for assistance from a DentistLink referral specialist: 844-888-5465

Looking for a Seattle Medicaid dentist? Call or text DentistLink for a free referral: 844-888-5465

Dentists That Accept Apple Health

How to find a dental practice in your area taking new Apple Health patients

Finding dentists that accept Apple Health can be difficult. DentistLink is here to help everyone in Washington find the right dental practice to get essential oral health care. Operated by the Arcora Foundation, we provide a service that is free to use and assists people in Washington who have Apple Health, Washington state’s Medicaid program. 

In this article, we’ll walk you through several options for finding the right dentist for you who accepts Apple Health, including our own tools for finding Apple Health dentists.

The fact that you’ve landed on this article in your search for a dentist that takes Apple Health means you are significantly closer to achieving your goal! DentistLink is a non-profit referral service, and our tools are some of the best ways to connect with a local Medicaid dentist that takes Apple Health.

Call a DentistLink specialist for a referral to an Apple Health dentist in your area:


Apple Health Covers a Wide Range of Dental Services

Apple Health covers quality dental and dental-related services for eligible adults and for eligible children age 20 and younger.

About one million adults across Washington state, and even more children, depend on Apple Health for their medical and dental coverage. While Apple Health covers most common dental procedures, in the last year only about 40 percent of the 2.1 million people in this state who are enrolled in Apple Health, and only 23 percent of adults, actually saw a dentist.

The Washington State Health Care Authority, which administers the state’s Apple Health program, provides a detailed description of all dental services covered by Apple Health. They include routine exams, cleaning, x-rays, fillings, fluoride application, extractions, and limited services such as root canals, dentures, oral surgery and care of gum disease.

Another helpful resource on the Heath Care Authority site explains specifically how to use your Apple Health coverage. This useful webpage goes through processes and questions for all areas that Apple Health covers, including dental care and how to use our services to find a dentist who accepts Apple Health. If you want to learn more about all the ways you can use your Apple Health coverage, you can use this page to read about topics such as care after hours, pharmacy/drug store usage, and emergency care.

Get Connected to Care with DentistLink

When using our referral services, you have options for how to use DentistLink to find dentists accepting Apple Health near you:

  1. You can use our Find a Dentist tool to find an available dentist near you.
  2. You can message a referral specialist online using our online form.
  3. You can call or text DentistLink at 844-888-5465. If you use the phone number, a DentistLink referral specialist will respond to your call or text and assist with the next steps in finding dentists that accept Apple Health.

Some people receive Apple Health coverage through a managed care plan such as AmeriGroup, Community Health Plan of Washington, Coordinated Care, Molina or United Health, and some of these managed care sites include links to use in searching for Apple Health dentists, but they tend to simply take you back to the Health Care Authority’s Find a Provider page. For example, Community Health Plan of Washington’s “find a dentist or oral surgeon” link and the Molina “find a provider” link on its Dental page take you back to the Health Care Authority’s Find a Provider page, which includes the direct link and phone number to contact DentistLink.

People who have tried using means other than DentistLink to find dentists that accept Apple Health have mentioned finding providers who either did not actually accept Apple Health, or who were not accepting new patients. This can be a long, frustrating process. Thankfully, finding the right dentist is easy when you utilize  DentistLink’s search tools or call us (844-888-5465).

To help make sure you find care that meets all your needs, DentistLink referral specialists have current information on dentists accepting both Apple Health and new patients.

On the DentistLink homepage you’ll see the three options we outlined above for using our services:

  1. Search for a dentist near me
  2. Call or text the DentistLink team
  3. Have DentistLink contact me

To use option #1 and search for a dentist near you by using the Find a Dentist directory, you will need to provide a reason for the visit, zip code, age, phone number and insurance status (Apple Health, no insurance, or cash discount/reduced fee). Then, you’ll receive a list of dental providers, their addresses, how far away they are from your zip code, and, if you click on their name, a phone number, map to their location and other information. All the dentists listed should take Apple Health and be accepting new patients.

If you choose option #2 to call or text, you may reach a member of the DentistLink referral specialist team directly 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 available.

To contact a referral specialist online using Option #3, the form to fill out to have DentistLink contact you asks for basic information including whether you are looking for a dentist for yourself or someone else. It also asks for the patient’s name, how you’d like to be contacted (text or call), date of birth, zip code, reason for needing to see a dentist, whether the patient is pregnant or diabetic, and insurance status (Apple Health, other, or no insurance).

Using option #2 or #3 to contact a referral specialist provides you access to a number of additional services that can help in finding and visiting a dentist that accepts Apple Health and is right for you. After a few questions, including your age, location and reason for your dental visit, the referral specialist will connect you with a dental provider who fits your needs and location. The referral specialist can also connect you with additional assistance such as transportation or childcare providers.

Interpretation services are available when speaking with a DentistLink referral specialist. They speak English and Spanish, but other language assistance is also available. On the DentistLink website, a dropdown menu on the top right of every page can translate the text of the site into 100 different languages. DentistLink referral specialists also have access to translators able to help in about 300 languages.

DentistLink is powered and funded by Arcora Foundation, the foundation of Delta Dental of Washington, so there is never a charge to use this referral service. Patients, dentists and health care and social service organizations can all use DentistLink.

Search our directory for a dentist that takes Apple Health in your area

Why Accessing Dental Services Is So Important

Oral health is essential to your overall health. The mouth is the gateway to the rest of the body, so you’re not healthy if your mouth isn’t healthy. For example, cavities and other aspects of poor oral health are linked to heart disease, diabetes and respiratory illnesses. Taking care of your teeth helps to keep your whole body healthy.

All children should see a dentist when their first baby tooth appears or by their first birthday. Poor oral health can affect a child’s performance in school and their ability to get a good night’s sleep, eat healthy, interact with other kids, and grow toward becoming a healthy adult. A recent study published in The Journal of Pediatrics confirmed the impact of dental disease on school performance. Children with poor or fair oral health were nearly 80 percent more likely to have problems in school and were 90 percent more likely to miss more than six days of school in a year than healthier children.

For adults, poor oral health, including tooth loss and gum disease, can affect work, the job search process, and getting good nutrition, and can increase the potential for serious illnesses that can be life threatening. Poor oral health also can lead to complications in pregnancy that can harm both the mother and the unborn child.

The good news is that oral disease is preventable! For people covered by Apple Health, finding dentists that accept Apple Health can help ensure access to the prevention and treatment needed to get and remain healthy. It can also keep patients out of hospital emergency rooms, where care is costly and usually limited to little more than temporarily managing pain.

Emergency room treatment may involve prescriptions for painkillers. When people are prescribed painkillers for dental pain, there can be negative outcomes, including kidney and liver diseases, the need for transplants, and additional ER visits due to ingestion/abuse of opioids.

If you have anxiety about seeing a dentist, or someone you’re attempting to help find a dentist who takes Apple Health is anxious about it, it’s not unusual. But the rewards of better health, and avoiding much higher costs and more intense pain from untreated dental problems, are certainly worth overcoming the anxiety.

There are steps you can take to help ease anxiety, such as relaxing and distracting exercises. Most important is to make sure your communicate your concerns to your dental provider, who can help build your confidence that your needs will be addressed.

All of us who have experienced dental pain know how debilitating it can be. No one should have to suffer with oral disease that is painful, harmful and almost completely preventable. Seeing a dentist enables you to get the prevention and early treatment that are so important in making sure dental problems don’t become more damaging, costly and dangerous. But you have to find a dentist who takes your insurance first. For the difficult task of finding dentists that accept Apple Health, DentistLink can help. Use our online search and contact tools, or text or call DentistLink at 844-888-5465, and a referral specialist will assist you in finding an Apple Health provider who will meet your oral health care needs.

Call or text the DentistLink specialists team to find the right dentist for you: 844-888-5465