Nebraska Teledentistry Project
Teledentistry brings technology to dental and healthcare professionals to provide a dimension of public health care that has not been possible before in Nebraska. Working in partnership with the Nebraska Statewide Telehealth Network program, teledentistry is an innovative program providing oral health services and dental expertise to rural and underserved populations. To address the widespread needs of our citizens, 7 satellite sites have been established with the capabilities of connecting health care providers to College of Dentistry (COD) specialists to treat patients in special circumstances. The College is affiliated with 21 community sites, including Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and Indian Health Service (IHS) sites.
Access to oral health care, especially for rural and underserved populations, is a growing problem nationally and in the state of Nebraska. One of our missions is to spread the word about this unique resource and educate professional users in communities across the state. With the support of grants from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Department of Agriculture, the College of Dentistry has been able to place telehealth equipment in the College and sites across Nebraska, including public health departments, county hospitals and dental offices.
This project is designed to educate students and practitioners to the advantages of utilizing technology for teledentistry consultations and to develop an interprofessional workforce to better serve the oral health needs of rural Nebraskans. We provide training for the equipment at the 7 sites, and are available to guide users through the procedures for requesting and implementing a consultation. Learn more about this equipment and watch a demonstration of a teledentistry consultation.
UNMC COD was the first dental Medicaid Teledentistry provider approved by the State of Nebraska and is eligible to bill Medicaid for teledentistry services as well as transmission line time.
To schedule a consultation, please contact Ms. Ashley Merritt, 402-472-1116. During the preliminary phase, Ms. Merritt will provide the procedures, initial screening, needed information and forms for your consultation.