Update from Dean Garcia - June 25, 2020

Jun. 25, 2020

I am pleased to announce UNLV School of Dental Medicine will reopen its clinics to all patients of record beginning Monday, June 29, and will resume seeing new patients later this fall.

Appointments can be made by calling 702-774-2400.

The reopening will enable patients within all of the UNLV Dental Medicine Clinics to resume in-process treatment plans that were placed on hold by state and federal mandates in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

I am also pleased to acknowledge that our licensed dentists have been screening and treating patients in UNLV Dental Medicine’s emergency areas since March 23, providing care to more than 1,100 patients -- some with medically urgent needs such as persistent bleeding, swelling, or infection. Their efforts helped reduce the need for visits to hospital emergency rooms.

We have been diligently readying our clinics during the past 14 weeks so we can continue patient care in an environment that is safe and healthy for everyone. Our patients will notice a number of changes when they arrive for their appointments.

  • Our new check-in process includes staff members taking your temperatures and asking COVID-19 screening questions. If you are not feeling well, or do not meet the screening criteria, we will reschedule your appointment.
  • You will also be asked to wear a face mask and follow social distancing guidelines while in our buildings.
  • Each day, student dentists, residents, staff, and faculty have their temperatures taken, answer the COVID-19 screening questionnaire, wear face masks, and will display a colored band to show they successfully completed the screening process.
  • Student dentists, residents, staff, and faculty in treatment areas will be wearing surgical caps, face shields, and shoe coverings in addition to the usual personal protective equipment of masks, gloves, gowns, and safety glasses.
  • Commonly touched surfaces such as doors handles, hand rails, and elevator buttons are sanitized every hour.

In certain clinic areas, we added glass partitions and air purification machines to reduce droplets in the air, and we will provide care in every other treatment chair within our clinics. These new procedures and equipment are designed to ensure everyone’s protection.

We are grateful that so many in our community come to the UNLV Dental Medicine clinics for their dental and oral healthcare, and appreciate their contribution in helping our student doctors and resident doctors learn to become the next generation of general dentist and dental specialists.