Dental Anesthesiology - RFK Center
The Rose F. Kennedy University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) dental program provides:
(1) clinical dental services to patients with developmental disabilities,
(2) training in special care dentistry to postgraduate dental residents and fellows
(3) outreach to patients and caregivers in promoting oral health maintenance procedures and practices.

The dental program is an integral service and training component of the broader Kennedy Center, which serves as a tertiary referral center for children with genetic and developmental anomalies. The dental clinic averages 5,100 patient encounters per year.

History of the Practice:

In the early part of the twentieth century, people with developmental disabilities received health services in large public institutions. As time progressed, there were few resources available for people with developmental disabilities to access healthcare in general and dental care in particular.

In 1965, to help alleviate the shortage of practitioners willing and able to care for developmentally disabled patients, Dr. Harold Diner began providing dental treatment to children with developmental disabilities as part of the general dental program at the Bronx Municipal Hospital Center (BMHC, now Jacobi Medical Center).

In 1970, the Rose F. Kennedy Center for Research in Mental Retardation and Human Development of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine opened on the grounds of BMHC. Dr. Diner was given the opportunity to open a dental clinic for special needs children and begin a new pediatric dentistry residency program at the center. This program would incorporate a significant component of training and care for the population of special needs patients.

The dental program at Rose F. Kennedy Center has been in existence over forty years and has trained hundreds of residents and fellows who then open their practices in many different states and countries. The program has an IV/IM sedation program that treats over 300 patients a year.

Patients travel from as far as Long Island and Upstate New York for this unique service. Additionally, the clinic's close proximity to Jacobi Medical Center permits easy referral for treatment in the operating room when appropriate.

Dentist training:

One special care dental fellow and 46 residents trained per year (includes pediatric dentistry and general practice residents who take rotations at Kennedy Center from 6 postgraduate programs). The DA resident will train alongside these residents, providing the anesthesia services for the patients.

The DA resident will administer deep sedation and other forms of pain and anxiety control for ambulatory dental patients within the Rose F. Kennedy Center for Special Patient Care. The residents will be supervised by Dental Anesthesiologists and Medical Anesthesiologists for ambulatory dental patient clinical experiences. The Kennedy Center provides sedation dentistry services to over 300 patients per year.
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