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Navy veteran, former Douglas County sheriff’s deputy credits CU dental student for his renewed faith in dental medicine

Ronnie Chavez, a Navy veteran and former Douglas County sheriff’s deputy, has had dental problems his entire life. Even as a child, he was ridiculed for his teeth. “Kids can be ruthless,” he said. Not only that, but his childhood dentist was stern and unfriendly.


Author Laura Ramsey | Publish Date May 02, 2022
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Patient Care

Bringing Tidings of Comfort and Joy

A visit to the dentist can leave you with a case of sensory overload, but the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine is calming patients’ fears with the help of a new dental therapy dog. Lucy, a five-year-old golden retriever, roams the clinic halls—easing patient’s anxiety and providing them comfort during routine cleanings and procedures.


Author SDM Comms | Publish Date December 12, 2019
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School of Dental Medicine In the News

University of Colorado

CU Boulder inventions transformed to meet market needs after commercialization program

news outletUniversity of Colorado
Publish DateFebruary 16, 2022

Seven university companies pitched to investors during the Pandemic Hyper-Accelerator for Science and Technology (PHAST) Demo Day on Jan. 25, hosted by Venture Partners at CU Boulder and Rockies Venture Club (RVC). This capstone event provided a chance for angel investors, venture capitalists and the startup community to evaluate pitches and discuss deal opportunities.

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American Dental Education Association

Stay the Course: Advice for Reapplicants

news outletAmerican Dental Education Association
Publish DateFebruary 02, 2022

Applying to dental school can be an arduous process. If you find that you were not accepted to any dental schools this past cycle, you're not alone. Your dream is still attainable, and I believe that you should put your best foot forward to reapplying. Reapplicants should consider the following tips below. 

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Colorado Dental Association

CU Continues its Access-to-Care Initiative with the Save-A-Tooth Program

news outletColorado Dental Association
Publish DateJanuary 12, 2022

In partnership with the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine (SDM) and Colorado dental providers, adult patients (18 or older) contemplating tooth extraction to avoid endodontic costs can be referred to the CU SDM’s Division of Endodontics for low-cost treatment. If an examination reveals the patient is eligible for a root canal in the student clinic, it will be performed at the same price as an extraction: $102.

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The Dentists Supply Company

How 2 Colorado Oral Surgeons Prevent the Misuse of Unused Prescription Medications

news outletThe Dentists Supply Company
Publish DateDecember 29, 2021

Dr. Patterson mentions, "The importance of safe prescribing and educating patients on the proper use of pain medication cannot be overstated. As an oral-maxillofacial surgeon who provides treatments that occasionally requires the prescribing of narcotics, I’m acutely aware of the potential risk of opioid abuse."

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