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Posted: Sunday, February 9, 2014 12:00 am

Presbyterian Medical Services will open a new dental clinic on Monday at the Sandoval County Health Commons Building off Idalia Road in Bernalillo.

“We are very grateful to Sandoval County government for their support throughout the planning process. Thanks to them, we have a wonderful location for the dental clinic, co-located with other public health services at the Health Commons Building,” said PMS Central Region Director Cheri Nipp in a news release.

Sandoval County Health Commons Dental Services will provide preventive services, teeth cleaning, exams, extractions, fillings, oral health screenings and restorative and prosthetic care for children and adults.

“We’re thrilled that our very experienced dental director from northern Sandoval County, Dr. David Hanson, has agreed to head up the new clinic in Bernalillo,” Nipp said. “His staff will include a certified dental assistant, a dental aide, and a customer access representative.”

The dental clinic is located within the Health Commons, next to the county courthouse and county office buildings. The address is 1500 Idalia Road, Building B.

“There is a lot of need in our state, and I’m grateful that PMS has been entrusted to help fill this need. This is an exciting opportunity for PMS to expand our efforts to build a healthier state,” said Steve Hansen, president and CEO of PMS.

The Health Commons previously offered preventive oral care two days a week for pregnant women and qualifying children.

“We’re extremely happy to be able to offer a full range of dental services to Sandoval County residents. That has been one of our goals since the Health Commons opened a decade ago,” said Peggy Cote, director of Community Services for Sandoval County.

PMS said it was able to expand dental services at the Health Commons because of a grant it received from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources & Services Administration.

The clinic will take patients from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Wednesday. It will close for lunch from noon to 1 p.m.

Walk-ins and same-day appointments are welcome. Appointments can be made by phone, at 404-5894, five days a week.

The clinic will accept Medicare, Medicaid and commercial insurance. If patients do not have insurance, a sliding fee scale based on income will determine the amount of payment.

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