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Creating Smiles at St. Helena Family Health Center’s New Dental Care Suite

Dental Care Clearlake, Calif.—St. Helena Family Health Center – Clearlake has opened an expanded dental care suite designed with the patient experience in mind. The bright, spacious and beautiful suite is located in Clearlake at 15230 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 105.  

The new suite, located just down the hall from the previous space, has 10 operatories (up from four), a state-of-the-art Panoramic x-ray machine, welcoming lobby and entirely new equipment. “Our goal is bright and healthy smiles,” says Mark Cooper, DDS, director of the dental service. “With the new office, we can greet patients more quickly, provide them with the care they need and send them home motivated to maintain their dental health for a lifetime.” 

Five dentists, a team of Registered Dental Assistants and dozens of patients a day could attest—the previous dental care space was simply too small. “Over the past year we have been actively expanding the dental care service to meet growing demand, including hiring a new full-time dentist,” explains Garin Fuhriman, Administrative Director for St. Helena’s Rural Health Clinics. “This bigger and brighter space allows us to do what we do best: serve our patients.” 

The dental care team focuses on restorative and preventative dentistry with an emphasis on patient education. Services include exams, cleanings, fillings, sealants, dentures and partials. Intraoral cameras allow dentists to show patients exactly what is happening inside their mouths, while screens at every chair can display educational videos about oral hygiene or what is involved with a particular procedure. 

The St. Helena Family Health Center Dental Care serves the whole family, including children and adults, and is open Monday through Friday. Dental services for children and teens are also available at the Konocti Wellness Center in Lower Lake. Dental care services accepts patients with Medi-Cal/Denti-Cal insurance.  

On May 24, the community members is invited to celebrate the grand opening of the new dental care suite. From 5-7 p.m., individuals can tour the space, meet the dental team and enjoy food and entertainment for the whole family. 
The new dental care suite is located at the St. Helena Family Health Center – Clearlake at 15230 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 105, in Clearlake. Schedule an appointment by calling (707) 995-4540. 

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St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 75 communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Our workforce of 31,000 includes more than 22,350 employees; 4,800 medical staff physicians; and 3,850 volunteers. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 20 hospitals, more than 275 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 15 home care agencies, seven hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. Adventist Health ranked #10 in Becker's list of the largest nonprofit hospital systems in the U.S. for 2015.  Visit www.sthelenahospitalclearlake.org for more information.

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Photo Caption: Patrick Im, DDS and his colleagues serve patients in ten operatories designed with state-of-the-art dental equipment.