Grant enhances dental experience for special needs children at Providence

March 20, 2013
PORTLAND, Ore. — Children with special needs will have it a little easier in the dentist’s chair at Providence Child Center, thanks to a $25,000 grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon and Southwest Washington.

The donation will be used to purchase several new pieces of equipment to ease the way of young patients who are seen at Providence Specialty Pediatric Dental Clinic, including an Isolite System. This soft, flexible mouthpiece provides complete, comfortable tongue and cheek retraction while protecting the throat and illuminates the oral cavity so overhead lighting can be dimmed or turned off. The Isolite improves outcomes for children with light sensitivities, enhances patient comfort, leads to better outcomes and reduces dental procedure times by an average of 30%. 

“We are so grateful for this generous donation from the Ronald McDonald House Charities,” said Dr. Monisha Gagneja, B.D.S., pediatric dentist at the clinic. “This allows us to better care for the oral health needs of children and young adults with special needs.  This state of the art equipment will enhance our patient’s dental clinic experience by improving efficiency and comfort and reduce procedure times, making kids and their parents very happy.”

“Ronald McDonald House Charities is pleased to support the important services provided by Providence Child Center. Basic pediatric oral health care is one of the region’s most critical medical needs and challenges,” says Tom Soma, Ronald McDonald House Charities executive director. “It’s also a preventative complement to the hospitality we offer seriously ill children and their families at our two Ronald McDonald houses.”

The dental clinic serves the children in the community from birth to age 21, as well as the residents of the Center for Medically Fragile Children at Providence Child Center. In all, 70 percent of the clinic’s patients are diagnosed on the Autism spectrum.