The S-Miles To Go Mobile Dental Program
UB's School of Dental Medicine has served the oral health care needs of Chautauqua County’s children for 15 years with its school-based mobile dental van. Thanks to a federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration and gifts from the Lenna Foundation and the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation, the School has been able to purchase S-Miles To Go, a state-of-the-art mobile dental unit equipped with three dental chairs.
The new unit allows the program to treat twice as many patients as the previous mobile unit, reaching more families with limited access to dental care. It includes a sterilization center, a patient waiting and education area and a panoramic x-ray facility. It also features both a stair entry and powered chair lift for disabled patients. The School’s program has provided care during 38,000 patient visits since 1997. The unit is staffed by three UB pediatric and general dentists, a dental hygienist and a dental assistant.