Special Patient Care

The UCLA School of Dentistry offers one of the only dental clinics in Southern California that can treat medically compromised patients, such as those with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and intellectual disabilities. These individuals have severe medical, physical, and mental problems (pre- and post-organ transplant patients, cancer patients, immunocompromised patients, and special needs patients). To add to the already complex medical, dental, physical, and psychological challenges, these patients have financial limitations and social-economic hardships.

Referrals to our Special Patient Care – Hospital Dentistry Clinic come from all over the state and even some from neighboring states. Our Hospital Dentistry faculty have the specialized expertise and training that is required to treat these cases. However, there is still so much more that can be done to meet the dental care needs of this vulnerable population.

UCLA’s vision is to scale up our renowned Special Patient Care Clinic into a Special Patient Care Center (SPCC) to provide superb patient care, premier education, and clinical research.  The Center will treat special needs patients in a multidisciplinary, highly collaborative environment, with the latest technological advances in oral health care.  Our goal is to pioneer the treatment of this extremely underserved population and set the standard in training oral health care to students, residents and future educational leaders.

Contact Us to Give

Sarah Porter
Executive Director of Development & Alumni Relations
(310) 206-6079

Contact Us to Become a Patient

Please call the clinic at (310) 825-6510 to speak with someone about our services and making an appointment.