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June 18, 2010

Jeanne Atkinson, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-8287

New License Lets BSDC Provide Quality Dental Care

Lincoln - The Beatrice State Developmental Center’s (BDSC) dental services are now licensed as an Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC).

“Having this new licensure and being able to provide top-quality dental care onsite is such a benefit to people at BSDC,” said Jodi Fenner, director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities. “An anesthetic must be used for even routine dental procedures for many of the people being served at BSDC. Before the new licensure, individuals had to go to the local community hospital for this dental work.”

Fenner thanked Dr. Dennis Pestal, DDS, for his work in getting the ASC licensure and for his top-notch customer service and care.

"Dr. Pestal is not only a talented dentist, but he truly cares for the individuals he serves,” she said. “He has a special skill in putting people at ease, and that positively impacts their care.”

Fenner said Pestal’s already performing dental procedures at the ASC, and it’s convenient and comforting for people to know they don’t have to leave campus anymore to be treated.

BSDC is contracting with two Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA), both with considerable experience treating people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, to provide anesthesia to patients in collaboration with Dr. Pestal. A Registered Nurse with experience in surgery also assists Dr. Pestal and the CRNA as needed.

Word is already getting out about this new resource for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Parents, individuals, and programs from across the state have already contacted the ASC to ask when it will be available to people outside of BSDC.

“Getting the ASC license was the first step to being a statewide resource to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who need dental care,” Fenner said. “A few more on-site inspections are required and approval is needed from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for Medicaid reimbursement before the program can expand beyond BDSC.”