Dentists set up clinic on wheels with new four-year grant

5:59 AM, Jan 27, 2012   |    comments
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In many rural parts of the state, as well as in particular suburban areas, finding an affordable dentist can be the biggest obstacle between a toothache and a healthy mouth. Even routine cleanings and x-rays can total hundreds of dollars, and if major surgery is needed, the procedure may simply be out of the question for families on a fixed income.

That predicament inspired a four-year, $800,000 grant to provide a mobile dental van, which provides low-cost dental care thanks to a collaboration between the University of Colorado College of Nursing and University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. One faculty member and three dental students man a mobile dental facility for patients from Sheridan Health Services.

The mobile dental clinic provides teeth cleanings, extractions and restorations, with fees for services determined by a sliding-scale for people who are uninsured. Medicare and Medicaid patients, as well as CHP+ and Colorado Access are accepted forms of insurance.

The Health Resources and Services Administration provided the grant for the mobile dental clinic, which is parked at Sheridan Middle School in Englewood. The Sheridan School District provides parking lot space to the clinic, which also caters to students throughout the district.

To schedule an appointment at Sheridan Health Services, please call 303-781-1636.

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