Our Services

Salt Lake Donated Dental Services provides quality, comprehensive dental care to low-income and homeless individuals.  Our dental professionals provide patients with treatment options comparable to what they would expect from a private office.  SLDDS treats all patients regardless of ability to pay. Donated and discounted services are available depending upon family size and income.  Printed proof of income eligibility such as most recent pay stubs or Social Security statement is required at every visit.

These services include:

Urgent care and emergency services

Preventative and periodontal maintenance

Restorative care (fillings, crowns and bridges)

Extensive denture and partial program

Pediatric care including sedation

DONATED DENTAL PROGRAM

Salt Lake Donated Dental Services (SLDDS) partners with volunteer dental professionals from the community who provide quality comprehensive dental care for individuals at or below 100% of the Federal Poverty Level.

Because of the tremendous demand for free dental services and the number of individuals seeking treatment with urgent and significant needs, SLDDS’ Donated Program is open access. Patients are scheduled using a lottery-type system.

Children in pain and noticeably swollen individuals are given priority. Specialty treatments such as oral hygiene, surgical extractions, root canals, prosthetics, pediatric services, and pediatric sedation are scheduled according to when a specialist is available.

For the days the dentists are volunteering, see calendar below or call patient information line: 801-983-0345.

Calendar – Salt Lake Donated Dental Services

Open Access Instructions

Salt Lake Donated Dental Services provides quality, comprehensive dental care to low-income and homeless individuals.  Our dental professionals provide patients with treatment options comparable to what they would expect from a private office. SLDDS treats all patients regardless of ability to pay. To enter the drawing for free dental care follow these instructions:

  • Visit the office one business day before the dentist is volunteering and add your name to the drawing box.
  • Or you can submit your information online through the Open Access form.
  • The following day come to the office at the time specified on the box for the drawing or in the online calendar.
  • Patients will be scheduled in the order their name is drawn.
  • If your name is drawn you must show printed income verification. Accepted documents include: shelter/bed card, employee pay stubs, social security statement, benefit statement, or a letter from employer.

Open Access to Donated Dental Services:

Fill out and submit patient information between 12:00 AM and 11:59 PM one business day before the Open Access Day (see the calendar) to enter the drawing electronically. You can also visit our office in person to add your name to the drawing.

Drawing - Open Access

DISCOUNTED DENTAL PROGRAM

For those individuals at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level who do not qualify for the Donated Program, SLDDS offers services at a significantly reduced rate.  Eligible patients schedule necessary appointments and pay a discounted price at the time of service.  Treatment prices are given and explained to patients prior to their appointment. Children in pain and noticeably swollen individuals are given priority.

To ensure SLDDS addresses preventive services as well as emergency treatment, SLDDS has established a protocol for all patient visits:

Address the pain.

New patient comprehensive exam and panoramic and 4 bite-wing x-rays.

Dental hygiene appointment for periodontal evaluation and cleaning.

Treatment begins in order of importance.

For more information call discounted services line: 801-972-2747

PEDIATRIC SEDATION PROGRAM

Young children at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level in need of extensive treatment may be eligible to receive discounted sedation services.  An initial exam is scheduled, and pending dentist approval, the child will be scheduled on one of our monthly pediatric sedation days.

What to do before your child is sedated.

The evening before sedation, your child must NOT eat or drink anything after 10:00pm.  If he/she has medications that need to be taken with fluids, this must be coordinated with the knowledge and approval of the anesthesiologist at least one week prior to the appointment.  For the safety of your child it is very important to adhere to the fasting guidelines prior to sedation.

  • Type of Food
  • Clear Liquid
  • Drinks
  • Food
    .
  • Example
  • Water (for medication only)
  • Milk, OJ, juice
  • Toast, cereal, Meat, Eggs, Potatoes, Fatty Foods, Proteins
  • Hours before appointment
  • With approval of anesthesiologist ONLY
  • Nothing after 10:00pm
  • Nothing after 10:00pm
    .

1. When you are ready to schedule a sedation appointment for your child, you will be required to pay the appropriate sedation fee at that time. Once payment is made, your child will be placed on the sedation schedule.  When scheduling the appointment for your child, you will be given the date of sedation and a copy of the fasting guidelines. Patients are scheduled from youngest to oldest.   Please make arrangements to be with your child for 24 hours following sedation.

2. You will receive a reminder call one week prior to sedation to remind you of the appointment date.  Two days prior to the appointment, SLDDS will call to set your child’s appointment time, review fasting guidelines, and answer any questions you may have.

3. Upon arrival to your child’s appointment, please be sure to use the restroom.

4. If the patient is 5 years or under, or if recently potty- trained, please have them wear a pull-up or diaper to the appointment.

5. The patient should wear a single layer of loose, comfortable clothing and footwear that can be easily removed. Please bring one change of clothing in case it is necessary.

6. Do not wear pony tails or buns as the patient’s head will need to be able to lay completely flat throughout their appointment.

7. Please allow approximately 2 – 2.5 hours for your child’s appointment.  An adult must remain in the clinic for the duration of the appointment.

What to expect after your child has been sedated.

1. A recovery period of 20-30 minutes before your child can be discharged into your care.

2. As with any medication the use of sedative anesthetics agents can result in side effects, which may include dizziness, drowsiness, shivering, headaches, nausea discomfort and pain. The sedation effects of the medication will gradually wear off during the course of the day. Most patients are well enough to return to their normal activities within 24 hours.

3. The following medication may be administered to your child to alleviate any pain, Tylenol, Motrin, Ibuprofen. Any of these should work just fine.

4. Your child will be hungry and have a sore throat from being intubated. The first thing your child should be given to eat after being sedated is something cold and smooth. We suggest a slushy, a Slurpee or a smoothie. Any of these will help with soothing the pain they may feel with in the thrat. 

5. Throughout the day your child may experience drowsiness or may be fully awake, depending on the child. We highly recommend the parents to give their child a soft cool diet such as room temperature soup, pasta, pudding, Jell-O, etc.

6. Remember to follow-up with your appointment to ensure that your child is not experiencing any pain or infection. If your child is experiencing any discomfort you may contact SLDDS asap.

For more information about our pediatric sedation program, call discounted services line: 801-972-2747

Contact information for anesthesiologist, Dr. Marlon Michel, call 206-499-6696 or email mm@m2steep.com

If you are unable to reach any of these phone numbers and it is an emergency, go to the closest Emergency Room or InstaCare in your area. 

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SALT LAKE COUNTY RESOURCES

Online Resources

Utah Medicaid

2-1-1 Utah

SALT LAKE COUNTY RESOURCES:

Safety Net Dental Clinics in Salt Lake County

Central City Community Health Dental Clinic
461 South 400 East, Salt Lake City
Phone: (801) 325-9538

Family Dental Plan – Salt Lake City
3195 South Main Street, Salt Lake City
Phone: (801) 468-0342

Family Dental Plan at Ellis Shipp
4535 South 5600 West, West Valley
Phone: (801) 969-8243

Emergency Dental Care
2816 West 3500 South, West Valley City
Phone: (801) 957-0911

Eagle Gate Dental Clinic
5618 South Green Street, Murray
Phone: (801) 333-8107

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HYGIENE OPTIONS:

Salt Lake Community College Dental Hygiene Program
3400 West 9000 South, West Jordan
Phone: (801) 957-2710

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RESOURCES OUTSIDE SALT LAKE COUNTY

Safety Net Dental Clinics Outside of Salt Lake County:

Heber City
Wasatch County Health Department
Phone: 435-654-2700

Layton
Davis Midtown Dental Clinic
Phone: 801-543-3327

Ogden
Family Dental Plan – Ogden
Phone: 801-395-7090

Weber Midtown Dental Clinic at Weber State University
Phone: 801-626-7169

Ogden Rescue Mission
Phone: 801-394-4161

United Way of Northern Utah
(Weber County Dental Program for Disadvantaged Children)
Phone: 801-399-5584

Weber State University Dental Hygiene Program (preventative only)
Phone: 801-626-6130

Orem
Mountain Ridge Dental
Phone: 801-224-7182

Utah Valley University Dental Hygiene Program (preventative only)
Phone: 801-863-7536

Utah College of Dental Hygiene (preventative only)
Phone: 801-426-8234

Provo
Mountainlands Community Health Center Dental Clinic
Phone: 801-429-2012

Tooele
Healthy Smiles Dental Clinic
Phone: 435-277-2330