Summerlin dentist offers scholarships for special-needs patients

By Jan Hogan
August 10, 2017
Las Vegas Review-Journal

 

When a child has special needs and can’t communicate clearly, sometimes the 24/7 job of caring for him or her means oral care is far down on the list of daily duties.

To help, dental surgeon and Summerlin resident Dr. Steven Delisle, who owns the Children’s Dentistry locations in Southern Nevada, has launched Saving Smiles. It’s a free program that awards scholarships to select patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities and who need restorative dental services. This scholarship is vital, Delisle said, because young patients on Medicaid lose preventive and restorative dental benefits when they turn 21. The program ensures special-needs patients are not left with neglected dental work that could later lead to debilitating pain.

Delisle, a dentist since 2007, began the scholarship three years ago. It awards $1,500 to accepted patients once a quarter, and he is looking to get the word out.

Summerlin dentist offers scholarships for special-needs patients

By Jan Hogan
August 10, 2017
Las Vegas Review-Journal

 

When a child has special needs and can’t communicate clearly, sometimes the 24/7 job of caring for him or her means oral care is far down on the list of daily duties.

To help, dental surgeon and Summerlin resident Dr. Steven Delisle, who owns the Children’s Dentistry locations in Southern Nevada, has launched Saving Smiles. It’s a free program that awards scholarships to select patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities and who need restorative dental services. This scholarship is vital, Delisle said, because young patients on Medicaid lose preventive and restorative dental benefits when they turn 21. The program ensures special-needs patients are not left with neglected dental work that could later lead to debilitating pain.

Delisle, a dentist since 2007, began the scholarship three years ago. It awards $1,500 to accepted patients once a quarter, and he is looking to get the word out.