Dental Dreams is committed to filling a much needed gap in South Carolina, providing services to low-income adults and children.
There is an “extreme shortage” of dental services for low-income residents in the state, the company says.
Dental Dreams, operating at three locations in the state as Family Dental, opened its first branch in 2011. It now operates out of three premises, in Rock Hill, Greenville and Columbus.
“We are committed to bringing much-needed medical and dental services to all residents of South Carolina,” Michael Peters, chief operating partner of KOS services, which manages the business operations for Dental Dreams, told Palmetto Business Daily. “There is an extreme shortage of dental service providers for low-income residents in South Carolina and across the country."
In an era when state governments are cutting services, many states have restricted dental care for those enrolled in Medicaid to children-only. South Carolina provides dental care as as an essential medical service for both adults and children enrolled in Medicaid, Peters noted.
“The State of South Carolina along with other leading-edge state governments recognize that covering children and adults under Medicaid actually saves money for the state and its taxpayers over the long term and makes for healthier communities," he said.
Dental Dreams is interested in expanding its operations in the state and is currently exploring possibilities.
Peters described the state as one that offers a “very business-friendly climate” and one that is actively investing in the health of its residents.
“We find South Carolina to be uniquely warm and welcoming to businesses looking to start up and grow within the state.” Peters said.
But there are obstacles, most obviously that the state has only one dental school, meaning there is a difficulty in finding highly skilled dentists “who meet the high standards of our company and the patients we serve,” Peters said.
“With an extreme shortage of dental providers who treat Medicaid patients, the demand for services from our three South Carolina clinics is very high,” he said.
Though the company recruits from across the country, it is easier to recruit dentists to work in the state where they attend dental school.
“And with only one dental school in South Carolina, dentists are in short supply,” Peters said.
But overall, the company is excited to be a member of the South Carolina health community and proud, said Peters, to be “providing a scarce and much-needed medical service to an under-served segment of the state’s population.”