Continuing to lead the way in Native American healthcare in the Pottawatomie County area, Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s Health Services have recently expanded its dental clinic’s offerings. In its most recent renovation, it has added state-of-the-art dental equipment in its offices in the CPN East Health Clinic.
“We’ve upgraded from five operatories to 12,” said Dental Coordinator, Chase Youngblood DDS. “We’ve also added more staff, updated all equipment, expanded our sterilization area and have begun using electronic dental records and digital x-rays.”
“Due to our funding agreement with the Indian Health Service, our clinic serves all Native Americans in a five county area,” explained Dr. Youngblood about the upgrade. “We were unable to serve that many patients with our previous facilities before this most recent renovation.”
Patients will now be able to sit back and relax during treatment in the new dental chairs and watch television on the new monitors. They are also able to see an up close view of what their teeth look like on the same monitor using the new digital xrays and intraoral cameras. While new equipment is always a plus, Youngblood is equally happy that many of the new additions were secured at a discounted rate, savings that will be used to serve the clinic’s patients.
Now nearing a full capacity of staff, the dental clinic boasts three full time and two part time dentists. Supporting them in their work are two dental hygenists, five assistants and three front office staff.
“I’m proud of my staff and excited to utilize all the new equipment for our patients,” said Youngblood. “I have worked at numerous other Indian health facilities, and I am pleased to say that the level of dental care and exceptional customer service that we are able to provide here is second to none.”
For those interested, the CPN Dental Clinic offers preventative care, teeth cleaning, annual exams and routine dental work. For more information, please visit www.potawatomi.org/services/health/clinics or call 405-878-4835.