School of Dentistry Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic (OMS), at a Grand Opening event
MINNEAPOLIS (June 22, 2022) – The University of Minnesota unveiled its newly renovated School of Dentistry Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic (OMS), at a Grand Opening event June 22, 2022. Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation was the lead donor on the renovation.
Opening in 1977, the OMS Clinic provides necessary care for thousands of patients, especially for patients in need and those with complex medical problems. It’s also used for clinical training of students and residents in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
The clinic remains in high demand, accepting 250 new patients per month, as well as handling hundreds of referrals from clinics that do not handle more difficult cases. The updated facility will increase access to care by up to 20% for underserved populations.
Funding from Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation specifically supported the renovation of six surgical suites, seven procedure rooms, two patient consult rooms, and one conference room. Surgical suites now include new monitoring equipment, surgical chair, surgical light, cabinetry, and a large TV monitor. Designated consult rooms will improve patient satisfaction due to the improved care environment.
“Patients will be cared for in a state-of-the-art setting. This clinic will be more comfortable and welcoming to patients and should help ease the anxiety seen commonly with dental treatment,” said Dr. Robert Nadeau, Director, Advanced Training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Clinic. “Without the donation from Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation, this renovation would not have been possible.”
“Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation is proud to be part of the incredible changes to the University of Minnesota’s OMS clinic,” said Joseph Lally, Executive Director of Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation. “We hope these renovations will provide an improved level of comfort for both new and existing patients while continuing to be a crucial resource for the education of Minnesota’s dental professionals.”
The clinic will continue delivering dental education opportunities to OMS residents, dental students, and the practicing community, making it a significant resource in the Twin Cities.
About Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation
Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation supports Delta Dental of Minnesota’s mission of improving the health of Minnesotans through oral health. Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation works to expand access to dental care for Minnesota’s underserved populations across the state by primarily investing in dental care for people in need.