I was so stoked to open the HMSA Island Scene magazine on Thursday when I got home…
Their “oral health for total health” article on page 22 shares the enhanced dental benefits for those living with Sjögren’s syndrome. HMSA offers additional dental plan benefits for members with qualifying conditions. For those currently diagnosed with Sjögren’s syndrome they will offer two additional cleanings at no additional cost when seen by a participating provider. You are also eligible for oral cancer screening and quarterly fluoride treatments too.
In addition to the enhanced dental benefits, those living with Sjögren’s syndrome will receive program outreach with information about the impact of oral health on total health.
Members with Sjögren’s syndrome or a dental only plan can enroll online or download an application at hmsa.com/dental. On the form, include your doctor’s contact information so they can confirm your medical condition.
Oral Health for Total Health is available for all HMSA groups and individual members with the exception of the Keiki Care Plan under HMSA’s Plan for Federal Employees (Fed 87) and HMSA Akamai Advantage Dual Care (PPO SNP) plans.
For more information on Oral Health for Total Health please call 1 (800) 792-4672 toll-free or visit hmsa.com/dental.
To read the article and for more information you can visit wellbeinghi.com.
When I went to see my dentist in 2011 after being diagnosed, I had been experiencing a very dry mouth and discovered I had a few cavities too. I had to go back in for several visits to fill my cavities and to get my mouth healthy. I also had to replace my crown which is a process and several visits to get it right.
I was surprised that I had problems with the numbing medication on my first visit to fill my cavities. The dentist came in to inject the first dose, waited for it to numb me, then came back to check on me. When he tested the area he was going to work on, I could feel everything he was doing. I told him I wasn’t numb yet. He injected me a second time and then came back to check and I could still feel everything he was doing. I didn’t want to have any more injections for numbing. I had a feeling that it wasn’t working because of how my body was reacting to the disease activity of Sjögren’s syndrome.
Thankfully, I was able to return to the dentist about a month later and fill all of my cavities and fix my crown over the next year. I have had a healthy mouth and no further issues since my initial problems.
Living with Sjögren’s syndrome and having a dry mouth can cause many issues and affect your oral health. It’s so very important to have your teeth cleaned and mouth checked every three months. I’ve been seeing my dentist and dental hygienist every three months since I was diagnosed in 2011. I’m very fortunate to have a dentist who is familiar with Sjögren’s!
This is an amazing benefit…..Mahalo HMSA for helping to make a difference in the lives of those living with Sjögren’s syndrome!!!
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