Dental Health Services

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The Nevada Medicaid Dental Services Program is designed to provide dental care under the supervision of a licensed provider. Dental services provided shall maintain a high standard of quality and shall be provided within the coverage and limitation guidelines outlined in this Chapter. All Medicaid policies and requirements, (such as prior authorization, etc.) except for those listed in the Nevada Check Up (NCU) Manual Chapter 1000 are the same for NCU.
Nevada Medicaid provides dental services for most Medicaid-eligible individuals under the age of 21 as a mandated service, a required component of the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) benefit. For Medicaid-eligible adults age 21 years and older, dental services are an optional service as identified in the Medicaid Services Manual Chapter 1000 Dental.

    School-based Sealant Grant Program

    Nevada Medicaid is making $2.6 million available for existing and start-up school-based dental health programs to increase the number of Nevada’s school-age children and youth with dental sealants, improving their dental health. The grant funding is available for programs targeting school-age children and youth throughout the state with an emphasis on those living in rural communities and dental health professional shortage areas.

    The first round of funding was awarded in July 2023. The second opportunity for funding is open now.

    Those interested in applying are encouraged to review the Instructional webinar, which reviews the purpose of this funding opportunity and the Request for Applications.

    To get started, review the Request for Applications guidance and form below

    Application Deadline: Friday, October 6, 2023, at 5:00pm PST

    Guidance and Resources for School-based Sealant Programs

    Guidance and Resources for School-based Programs was developed to provide the most up-to-date information for clinical providers and administrators of school-based oral health programs in Nevada and their community partners as well as schools’ leadership, nurses and teachers, and parents/guardians. The information includes:

    • Data documenting the impact of poor oral health (e.g., tooth decay) on children and youth living in urban and rural communities. 
    • Evidence to demonstrate the positive impact that dental sealants and fluoride have on preventing tooth decay.
    • The latest evidence or best practices concerning the effective and efficient delivery of dental sealants and fluoride in a school-based setting.
    • Guidance and recommendations for the implementation and management of a school-based sealant program including strategies to improve communication between school administrators, nurses and teachers, and parents/guardians.
    • Additional resources to support a successful school-based sealant program from respected organizations and agencies across the country.

    If you have any questions concerning this information, please contact