UNLV Dental School Reopening To Public On Monday

had Been Treating Emergencies Only Since Late March

Mitch Kelly
June 29, 2020 - 7:24 am

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LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - The UNLV School of Dental Medicine will reopen its clinics to all patients of record Monday, and will resume seeing new patients during the fall.

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.

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

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. The efforts helped reduce the need for visits to hospital emergency rooms. 

A number of changes patients will notice when they arrive for their appointments.

The new check-in process includes staff members taking patients’ temperatures and asking COVID-19 screening questions. Those who are not feeling well, or do not meet the screening criteria, will have their appointments rescheduled.

 - Patients will also be asked to wear a face mask and follow social distancing guidelines while in the building.

 - 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.

The parking lot east of the school is currently under construction and should be completed by early July. Staff members will advise patients where to park and where to enter the buildings when they confirm appointments.”