Special Needs Dental Services

A view of Portland from OHSU Dental Clinics in the RLSB Skourtes Tower

Dental Care for patients' special needs

The General Practice Residency (GPR) program specializes in the oral healthcare for adult patients with special needs, including those with medical, physical, psychological, or social situations that require modification of typical dental care

Services are provided through the General Practice Residency program at two locations the Hatfield Clinic at the OHSU Hospital on Marquam Hill and the School of Dentistry on OHSU's South Waterfront. 

We are currently accepting new patients!

GPR resident providers are state licensed dentists in an advanced education program and guided by OHSU faculty dentists experienced in delivering care to patients with special needs. GPR dentists provide the highest quality of care patients with special needs by working with patients, caregivers and health care providers to select dental treatment methods that meet individuals medical, physical, psychological, or social situational needs. 

GPR serves patients at two locations in the OHSU Hospital on Marquam Hill and the School of Dentistry on the South Waterfront. The location of your care will depend on the services you are receiving. 

We look forward to serving your unique dental care needs!

The GPR program offers treatments including:

  • Full mouth dental rehabilitation
  • Extractions including impacted third molars (wisdom teeth)
  • Multiple fillings
  • Removable prosthetics
  • Implant restoration 
  • Sedation including IV and Nitrous Oxide

This is not a comprehensive list, but a list of treatments we commonly administer.  Please schedule a consultation and screening to determine if we can meet your dental needs. We also accept provider referrals.

Most patients are referred to GPR by providers for dental services to meet their special needs, but you may also contact us directly.  Call us and talk with a patient access specialist to schedule an appointment, get information about our services and receive cost estimates for common procedures.

Our care team is available to answer questions Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. 503-494-8916

Initial appointment

At your first appointment, we will establish goals for your dental care and treatment, review your medical history, x-ray your teeth, and examine your mouth and jaws. This examination will allow us to develop a treatment plan specifically designed to address your dental needs, and consider any modifications potentially necessary to provide you with the best possible care. Future appointments will be scheduled to resolve any problems and maintain your overall oral health.

Preparing for a visit

Our goal is to provide adolescent and adult patients with the best dental treatment in the safest manner possible. We know that informed patients, parents/ caregivers and providers are all critical to creating positive care experiences.

To achieve this goal, we will need to gather as much information as we can, including an accurate and thorough medical history and guardianship/POA status of the patient. It would be extremely helpful to bring as much of this information as possible to the first visits.  Specifically, this information would include:

  • Current medical diagnoses, medications and allergies
  • Past surgical history, including history of any anesthesia
  • Previous dental records, including x-rays
  • Names and contact information of all current healthcare providers
  • Name and contact information of the patient’s guardian or POA

Working together for positive experiences

We will work with you to determine the most appropriate setting for care, and if any type of sedation would be helpful. We can provide treatment in a clinic setting, with or without sedation, including nitrous oxide and IV sedation.  Alternatively, we may recommend treatment in an operating room setting under general anesthesia. 

Care and treatment will be provided by state-licensed resident doctors who are training under the supervision of OHSU faculty members with significant experience in the treatment of adult dental patients with special needs.

We welcome your questions at any time and look forward to working with you!

We accept most dental insurance plans, including Oregon State Medicaid/Oregon Health Plan and Washington State Medicaid/Apple Health and will submit claims to your insurance.

To check your insurance coverage and get cost estimates call our Billing Services team at 503-346-4644 

Payment is due at the time of service. We also offer payment plans through CareCredit. Learn about CareCredit.

Schedule an appointment

Call: 503-494-8916

OHSU Dental Clinics
2730 S.W. Moody Avenue
Portland, OR 97201

GPR is on the 12th Floor of Skourtes Tower

OHSU Hatfield Clinic 
3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Rd.
Portland, OR 97239

Hatfield Clinic, 7th Floor Room 7D19

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Program contacts

Bryan Tervo, DDS
Program Director
tervo@ohsu.edu

Michael Dienberg, DDS
Site Director, GPR Hospital Dental Clinic
dienberg@ohsu.edu

Robert S. Kravitz, DDS, MBA
Site Director, GPR Waterfront Dental Clinic
kravitzr@ohsu.edu