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New Special Care Clinic Treats Patients with Developmental Disabilities

August  29, 2008

The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry is proud to announce its new Special Care Clinic for patients with special needs. Under the direction of Dr. Paul Subar, assistant professor in the Department of Dental Practice, dental school faculty with advanced training in hospital dentistry are working with senior dental students to offer a full range of general dentistry for patients with medical concerns, developmental disabilities or dental fear.

"The Special Care Clinic allows us to provide services to patients who might not otherwise have access to care," said Subar. "It also allows us to begin educating dental students in the treatment of patients with special needs earlier, as opposed to waiting until they are graduate students."

The school's Hospital Dentistry Program, directed by Dr. Allen Wong '86, will continue to offer services through the new Special Care Clinic for patients whose medical and/or psychosocial condition warrants general anesthesia.

Screenings for hospital dentistry will occur in the Special Care Clinic, while hospital dentistry procedures will be scheduled at one of the California Pacific Medical Center campuses or Kaiser San Francisco hospital. Additionally, the Hospital Dentistry Program will be available for pre- and post-organ transplant oral health assessment and care, as well as for in-patient dental consultations at California Pacific Medical Center. The school's Hospital Dentistry Program encourages interdisciplinary and comprehensive definitive care with other medical services.

The Special Care Clinic is located on the "C" level of the dental school. To schedule a screening appointment for the Special Care Clinic or for Hospital Dentistry Program, please call the clinic at 415.929.6675.

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Contact:  Office of Public Relations, 415.929.6434, pr@pacific.edu