LIBERTY Dental Plan of Nevada (LIBERTY), the state’s dental Medicaid administrator, in a joint effort with UNLV School of Dental Medicine, opened a children’s dental prevention clinic earlier this month, providing preventive oral health care services to pediatric patients throughout southern Nevada, including those covered by the state’s Medicaid plan. Appointments can be made by calling the dental school at 702-774-2461.
“The goal for our partnership with the UNLV School of Dental Medicine is to provide children throughout southern Nevada with crucial preventive dental care,” said Dr. Amy Tongsiri, the Nevada Dental Director for LIBERTY Dental Plan. “We want to promote smart and healthy dental habits in our community and providing preventive dental care to the kids in the community is one of the most effective ways to do that.”
The clinic is housed in the school’s pediatric dentistry area and will offer preventive treatments for those who would have previously been served by the Seal Nevada South Program. The Clark County School District’s school-based sealant program was suspended for the 2020-21 school year due to the pandemic. The clinic will have board-certified pediatric dentists overseeing the clinic and UNLV dental students providing preventive dental care to patients.
“Many do not realize the role that oral health plays in overall health, especially in children. Dental disease is common in school-aged kids and when it goes untreated, it can be difficult for a child to eat, sleep or focus,” said Dr. Victoria Sullivan, associate professor and prevention clinic director, UNLV School of Dental Medicine. “This clinic is aimed at helping children who are not regularly seen by a dentist, or have not been able to see one since Clark County’s program was suspended, by providing the basic preventive care that is imperative to their overall health.”
The dental clinic will be open Monday thru Friday, excluding Wednesday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. During each appointment, dental faculty and students will provide children with a screening examination to assess their oral health, provide preventive fluoride varnishes, two bitewing radiographs and sealants, and share recommendations with parents or legal guardians for additional or follow-up care. Care will be provided to children ages 6 to 11-and-a-half with or without insurance, private or otherwise. Patients must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian for the duration of their appointments. Appointments can be made by calling the dental school at 702-774-2461.