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Outreach / Clinics - Nationwide Children's Hospital

Serving Children and Families of Central and Southeastern Ohio

Nationwide Children’s Hospital

The dental clinic is located on the second floor of the Outpatient Care Building of Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The building is accessible from lower and upper floors through elevators, two of which are over-sized and can accommodate gurneys, wheelchairs, and other large transport systems.

All operatories in the dental clinic are easily accessible for individuals who have special healthcare needs. There are 17 dental chairs (10 bay chairs and 7 quiet rooms) in the clinic, and all residents are assigned dental assistants for each patient. Digital radiography is slated to be implemented in 2011. The clinic is supported by over 40 employees including dental assistants, expanded function dental assistants, dental hygienists and reception staff. Dr. Homa Amini is responsible for outpatient clinical care, and Dr. Sarat Thikkurissy oversees in-patient dental services.

Dental Surgery Center

Immediately adjacent to the main clinic is the Dental Surgery Center. At its inception, it was the only surgery center of its kind in the US-- totally dedicated to treatment of children for dental problems under general anesthesia. Today, the DSC continues to serve patients from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and West Virginia. Under the leadership of Dr. Megann Smiley, dental anesthesiologist, and Mrs. Denise Cockerill, Center Coordinator, the DSC provides care to patients from Nationwide Children's Hospital and those from practicing pediatric dentists in and around Central Ohio. The DSC has three fully-equipped operating rooms and is staffed by dental anesthesiologists from Nationwide Children's and the Ohio State University College of Dentistry's Division of Dental Anesthesiology and medical anesthesiologist from Nationwide Children's Hospital. Additionally, the DSC provides training for pediatric dental residents, emergency medicine and medical transport personnel as well as community-based health personnel who need skills in intubation.  Pediatric dentistry residents have a unique opportunity to learn from dental anesthesiologists in an intense, hands-on anesthesia rotation in their first year of training.