Your Benefits

The State offers two dental benefits plans through SafeGuard. Check with your Human Resource contact to verify which plan(s) is available to you. 
With these plans you have no copayments for cleanings, x-rays, or exams, no deductibles, and no claims to file. Check out the plans below:

State of California Standard Dental Plan (SOC Standard) 
State of California Enhanced Dental Plan (SOC Enhanced)

To access a video that will help you better understand your benefits, click here: State of California - DHMO Insurance

If you are an active employee and have questions, you can contact your Personnel/Human Resources Office or contact SafeGuard at 1-800-880-1800.

If you are a retiree and have questions about your enrollment or eligibility, you can contact:

CalPERS Customer Service Center 
1-888-CALPERS (1-888-225-7377)

To view a list of the general dentists available in your area, you will need to know the plan you have selected (plan names are above). When you access the directory, you'll see a drop-down menu that lists different plan names. Find yours, click on it, and follow the instructions from there.

Access the dentist directory

Dental Managed Care Plan benefits are provided by Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, a New York corporation in NY. Dental HMO plan benefits are provided by: SafeGuard Health Plans, Inc., a California corporation in CA; SafeGuard Health Plans, Inc., a Florida corporation in FL; SafeGuard Health Plans, Inc., a Texas corporation in TX; and MetLife Health Plans, Inc., a Delaware corporation and Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, a New York corporation in NJ. The Dental HMO/Managed Care companies are part of the MetLife family of companies. "DHMO" is used to refer to product designs that may differ by state of residence of the enrollee, including but not limited to: "Specialized Health Care Service Plans" in California; "Prepaid Limited Health Service Organizations" as described in Chapter 636 of the Florida statutes in Florida; "Single Service Health Maintenance Organizations" in Texas; and "Dental Plan Organizations" as described in the Dental Plan Organization Act in New Jersey.

Like most group benefit programs, benefit programs offered by MetLife and its affiliates contain certain exclusions, exceptions, waiting periods, reductions, limitations and terms for keeping them in force. Please contact MetLife or your plan administrator for complete details.