MetroHealth Brings More Services Into the Community With Opening of Ohio City Family Dentistry
MetroHealth is again expanding services, care and better health into neighborhoods and the community with the July 1 opening of Ohio City Family Dentistry, a new, freestanding clinic at 3701 Lorain Ave.
The new facility replaces MetroHealth’s main campus dental clinic, which served patients for more than 60 years before closing last week.
“Ohio City Family Dentistry is another example of MetroHealth serving our patients and our community closer to where they live and work,” said President and CEO Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE. “More access to excellent dental care means healthier moms, dads, kids and families. This clinic will deliver healthy – and big – smiles.”
The new Ohio City location gives patients easier access to dental services, expertise and the latest technology and treatments. At full capacity, the clinic will operate 18 dental operatories and offer services ranging from routine check-ups and cleanings to root canals to bridges, partials and crowns.
Patient convenience and comfort will be top priorities.
“The clinic was designed with patients’ psyche in mind,” said Gregory Heintschel, DDS, MBA, Chair of MetroHealth’s Department of Dental Medicine. “The music, the warm colors, the local artwork representing the culture and spirit of the neighborhood – it’s all been carefully designed to promote a calming, welcoming environment.”
The clinic, at the corner of Lorain Avenue and Fulton Road, offers free parking. Bus stops on Lorain Avenue (RTA #22) and Fulton Road (RTA #79/79A) are just steps from the front door.
Once patients settle into the new chairs for treatment, they’ll have access to what Dr. Heintschel calls the widest breadth and deepest depth of dental technology under one roof in the region. In many cases, lasers will replace traditional dental drills. Onsite 3D printers and computer-aided design/manufacturing equipment will allow for the same-day manufacture of customized appliances, crowns and restorations, saving weeks of time and the hassle of additional appointments.
In addition, every operatory in the new clinic will be supplied with nitrous oxide, the safe and mild sedative often called “laughing gas.”
“Many patients, maybe most patients, are apprehensive about getting dental procedures,” said Dr. Heintschel. “By having nitrous oxide available at every chair, we can lower anxiety, lessen discomfort and make the patient experience much more positive.”
Besides providing comprehensive dental services, the clinic will also help educate and train the next generation of dental caregivers. It will be the new home for MetroHealth’s General Practice Residency program and will also have two pediatric residents through an affiliation with Case Western Reserve University’s School of Dental Medicine.
The clinic will also have a unique internship program to serve patients with special needs – children and adults – a population that is woefully underserved, Dr. Heintschel said.
The MetroHealth Department of Dental Medicine was recently given the 2021 Ohio Dental Association’s Access to Dental Care Program Award, which recognizes programs that provide increased access to dentistry for Ohioans in underserved areas through free or reduced-fee dental procedures.
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