NB Kitsap Community
Dental services, including periodontics and endodontics, are within the BHC Bangor. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, with sick call hours from 7 to 9 a.m. To schedule an appointment, please call 315-4287 or DSN 322-4287. For after-hours dental emergencies call 509-8086.
Top priority is given at BHC Bangor Dental Department for any emergency treatment needed to relieve pain, control infection or repair trauma for any patient and is available 24 hours a day. There are also specialty care providers available for prosthodontic, endodontic and periodontal needs. Family members and survivors of all active-duty personnel, Selected Reserve and Individual Ready Reserve personnel are eligible for the TRICARE Dental Program with comprehensive worldwide coverage administered by MetLife. Information can be obtained at www.tricare.mil/Dental.aspx. Retired personnel and their families can obtain dental care under the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program through Delta Dental. Information can be obtained at www.deltadentalins.com.
Naval Dental Center Northwest
2240 Decatur Ave.
Bremerton, WA 98314-5245
The Naval Dental Center, Northwest, is a complex geographical dental command consisting of four branch dental clinics throughout the Puget Sound region. Located at Naval Base Kitsap, both Bangor and Bremerton, Naval Station Everett and Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Naval Dental Center provides comprehensive dental care for nearly 26,000 Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard personnel. The mission of the center is dental health and readiness for active-duty personnel.
Family members and survivors of all active-duty personnel, Selected Reserve and Individual Ready Reserve personnel are eligible for the TRICARE Dental Program with comprehensive worldwide coverage administered by MetLife. Information can be obtained at www.metlife.com/individual/employee-benefits/group-dental/index.html or 855-638-8371. Retired personnel and their families can obtain dental care under the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program through Delta Dental. Information can be obtained at www.deltadentalins.com.
What to Do Upon Transfer
Upon transfer, please check with your local military treatment facility or medical department representative to ensure you are properly enrolled. This is especially important even when you are transferring from one command to another in the same local area. Sailors assigned to ships or submarines that are transferring to shore commands (and vice versa) will need to have their enrollment changed and information updated. Make sure your records are up-to-date to ensure that there are no administrative delays when accessing care.
Keep Records Up-to-Date in DEERS
One way the military health system uses to verify eligibility is the DEERS program. DEERS is a computerized database of military sponsors, families and others worldwide who are entitled under the law to TRICARE benefits. DEERS registration is required for TRICARE eligibility. Active-duty and retired service members are automatically registered in DEERS, but they must take action to register their family members and ensure they’re correctly entered into the database. Mistakes in the DEERS database can cause problems with TRICARE claims, so it is critical to maintain your DEERS information. Failure to update DEERS can result in misdirected communication, delayed enrollment and claims payment, and other difficulties. Some common times to update DEERS include:
- Activation, re-enlistment, separation, retirement and moves or changes of address
- Death of spouse or child
- Full-time student over age 21
- Moves/address changes for spouse or children
Overseas Screening Process a Streamlined Procedure at Naval Hospital Bremerton
NHB’s Suitability Screening and Exceptional Family Member Program provides the necessary insight, info and assistance (475-4215) to process a Sailor’s orders that will not be released until the Overseas Screening process has been satisfactorily completed. The Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS) will issue a Letter of Intent (LOI) to all personnel anticipating overseas (or remote orders), which will then give military treatment facilities (MTFs) like NHB the authority and/or signal to commence the screenings. NHB averages about 50 to 60 screenings a month.
The LOI adds approximately 90 days to the process, which ultimately assists the Sailor, family, command and Navy Personnel Command (PERS) should the screening identify potential reasons someone is not suitable for the projected assignment. It also reduces the stress and anxiety of last-minute change in orders.