CHEYENNE, WY, Feb. 6, 2016—The Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California recently celebrated its new Odulair™ Mobile Dental Clinic with a week of free dental care for hundreds in children in Pasadena.
The 50-foot Mobile Dental Clinic by Odulair™, the largest unit in a fleet of mobile clinics used by the Ostrow Community Health Program, boasts eight dental chairs and over 900 square feet when fully expanded.
USC Mobile Dental Clinic Director, Santosh Sundaresan, BDS, DDS, first dreamed of the idea of a massive dental clinic in 2013 with Odulair President and Founder, Anita Chambers, PhD, MBA. “It indeed is surreal that a dream has materialized into reality,” said Dr. Sundaresan. The mobile clinic trailer, nicknamed Thor, began serving pediatric patients who lack access to care this February. “Everyone who has seen it has been amazed. The sheer size and attention to detail is evident inside and out. It is an amazing piece of art and the impact it can make is overwhelming”, remarked Dr Sundaresan. “We have already seen an impact by getting the attention of the community, and there has also been an impact on patient care. The patients feel they are valued being cared for in a state of the art clinic”, he added. The community-based program offers comprehensive preventive and restorative dental care in rural and urban areas of Southern and Central California.
“Using their Odulair Mobile Dental Clinic,” said Anita Chambers, CEO of Odulair™ LLC, “The Ostrow Community Health Program is able to provide ongoing dental care to meet USC’s goal of serving more than 45,000 underprivileged children in five years.”
Even with the upfront expenses, including the cost of the mobile clinic, Dr. Sundaresan says that the mobile clinic will save USC money. “It is more efficient, because we have combined two trailers into one, it will be easier to transport, will take less time to set up, and since our program is student based, it is easier to supervise them in one big room.” In addition, following the tell-show-do technique often used in pediatric dentistry, the eight operatory clinic is an ideal environment for behavioral modeling and allows nervous patients to see so many kids around them getting treatment.
“We are always trying to evolve and think about next steps,” says Dr Sundaresan. “We couldn’t be more pleased with the quality of the mobile clinic and the effect it is already having, and will continue to have, on the communities we serve.”
The state-of-the-art, custom-designed Odulair™ mobile clinic surpasses the traditional, static dentist’s office with its patient-relaxation system to reduce dental anxiety. The self-contained and fully functional unit, almost the length of a semi-trailer, is outfitted with all the necessities for delivering dental care, including a separate x-ray room and space to accommodate a laboratory.
Mobile Dental Clinics by Odulair™ have created the opportunity for complete mobile dentistry delivered right where it’s needed. Fully functional when delivered, there is no limit to the type of dental work that can be performed inside a Mobile Dental Clinic by Odulair™, designed and fully equipped to provide the highest quality dental care for all patients.
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