Mid-level dental providers are a cost effective strategy to increase access to care.
• The first study on the economic viability of dental therapists in the Minnesota and Alaska found the providers cost their employers 30 cents to every dollar. This is allowing employers to see more patients on Medicaid.
"What we're seeing on the ground is that not only is this an effective dental workforce provider, but it's also well accepted by patients and by dentists when they have actual exposure to it,"
—Sara Wovcha, director of Children’s Dental Services, MN