Community Service Clinics
The School of Dental Medicine has over 60,000 patient visits per year in its clinics throughout Nevada. Its low-cost fees, about one-half of what private practices charge, save residents more than $1.6 million annually. Combined with community outreach and free clinics at the school, that equates to $3.8 million in free services to those in need.
Sgt. Clint Ferrin Memorial Clinic
Student John Ferrin started the clinic in 2007 in memory of his brother, Sgt. Clint Ferrin, to serve the needs of veterans making less than $25,000 per year without insurance. The clinic takes place eight to nine times per year and treats approximately 35 patients. To date, free treatment has been provided to more than 500 veterans.
Crackdown on Cancer
Started in 2001, this program utilizes a mobile unit to provide tobacco education for children and youth across Nevada. This program is able to provide care for youth in rural communities in Southern Nevada. Oral cancer screenings are also offered at various schools and community events. To date, more than 79,000 youth have been screened.
Saturday Morning Women’s Clinic
The Saturday Morning Women’s Clinic provides free dental care to domestic violence victims within the Las Vegas area. Patients for this clinic are temporary residents at the Saturday Morning Women’s Clinic. The American Association of Women Dentists and our faculty volunteer six times a year and treat approximately 25 patients annually.
Saturday Children’s Clinic
The clinic was started to offer follow-up care to underserved children who benefitted from Give Kids a Smile. The student-run clinic, which is held nine times a year, provides services for children ages five to 12. To date, the clinic has administered more than $185,000 worth of free care.
The Healthy Smiles: Oral Health Care for Parents Program provides individual oral health education presentations to parents as well as oral hygiene workshops for parents and children at community events. Together, families learn how to better take care of their teeth and how to keep them healthy through good oral hygiene and nutrition habits.
General Practice Residency Clinic
As part of the General Practice Residency program, pro bono treatment is provided for the medically compromised, including cancer and transplant patients, prior to surgery or continued medical treatment. A clinic is also run to treat 12-20 homeless adults who have been pre-screened for dental needs.
Huntridge Homeless & Teen Clinic
The Huntridge Clinic’s mission is to provide medical and dental care to uninsured and at-risk adolescents and homeless adults who are unable to obtain state services. Each year, our faculty and students provide dental treatment to more than 1,000 at-risk youth and 200 homeless adults through this partnership.
Seal Nevada South
Since 2002, the Seal Nevada South Program has provided more than $170,000 worth of care to more than 25,000 Clark County elementary school students. The program offers oral health education, oral hygiene instruction, oral health screenings, dental sealants, and fluoride varnish to second and third grade students at Title 1 schools.
Started in 2011, the Shannon Clinic provides homeless teens with free emergency dental work to eliminate pain and discomfort. The clinic provides dental extractions, pathological diagnosis, prosthodontic consultation and dental education. The clinic and UNLV have exclusive agreements with specific shelters to offer these services.
Dr. Christina Demopoulos