Dental Care Levels for CSHCN

In collaboration with local providers, the Medical Home Portal developed this list of levels of severity of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). All dentists in Utah were provided with a survey and asked to identify the types of CYSHCN that they were comfortable treating by choosing one of the listed levels. The dental care providers that are listed in our database responded to the survey and gave permission to be listed. Please contact the individual dental care provider for more information about provided services and accepted insurance plans.

Level 1

  • A common diagnosis (conditions such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), asthma, arthritis, depression, diabetes)
  • Mild developmental delays
  • No wheelchair, oxygen, or essential medical equipment
  • Mild behavior problems or mental health issues
  • No oral aversions

Level 2

  • A diagnosis that is likely to affect how care is given (conditions such as Down Syndrome, hearing or vision impairment, cleft lip/palate)
  • Moderate developmental delays
  • Wheelchair, but no other essential medical equipment
  • Moderate behavior problems or mental health issues
  • Oral aversions requiring patient/parent management technique

Level 3

  • A diagnosis (conditions such as Autism, Cerebral Palsy, traumatic brain injury) that affects communication with the patient and how care is given
  • Wheelchair and other essential medical equipment (oxygen, pumps, etc.)
  • Moderate to severe behavior problems or mental health issues requiring sedation
  • Oral aversions requiring sedation
To determine what type of children and youth with special needs an individual dentist is willing to treat, see the individual dentist listing.

Searching for Levels

If you are looking for a dentist that treats children with a specific level:
  • look for "Community & Professional Services" in the left menu and click on "Overview";
  • in the "Search By Term" box, use quotation marks and type in the level, like "Level 3";
  • scan down the search results list and look for a nearby city;
  • look for a term like "dental" or the doctor's degree like "DDS" or "DMD"; and
  • click on the service and check to make sure that the service is a dentist that treats children at that level.


Information & Support

For Parents and Patients

Donated Dental Services
Salt Lake-based resource for donated dental services, also provides access in other Utah locations, including Heber, Layton, Ogden, Orem, Provo, St. George, and Toole.

Utah Low Cost Dental Care
The Utah Department of Health website has a feature where families can look up low cost dental services by zip code.


Dental Care Expense Assistance

See all Dental Care Expense Assistance services providers (15) in our database.

General Dentistry

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Oral Surgery

See all Oral Surgery services providers (10) in our database.


See all Orthodontics services providers (22) in our database.

Pediatric Dentistry

See all Pediatric Dentistry services providers (56) in our database.

For other services related to this condition, browse our Services categories or search our database.


Compiled and edited by: Alfred Romeo, RN, Ph.D. - 1/2009
Content Last Updated: 4/2013