NYU Dentistry Oral Health Center for People with Disabilities


We provide care based on a deep commitment to assuring disabled patients, their families, and caregivers that they aren't just cared for, but cared about.

If you or your family member has a physical, cognitive, acquired, or developmental disability, our team provides the expert, compassionate care required to restore and maintain good oral health, along with support for your entire family.

In New York City, an estimated 950,000 people (of 8.5 million) have some form of disability, and of these 950,000 people, 46% have one disability and 54% have two or more disabilities. Finding a dentist with the training and willingness to accept a patient with disabilities can be difficult, leaving many disabled patients and their families struggling to obtain effective dental care. Until now.

The NYU Dentistry Oral Health Center for People with Disabilities

To address this critical need, the NYU College of Dentistry has built a path-breaking new facility — the NYU Dentistry Oral Health Center for People with Disabilities — which is designed specifically to serve patients with disabilities throughout the New York metropolitan area who would otherwise be deprived of much-needed dental care.

Our dental care providers have the specialized skillsets needed to provide sensitive, essential care for individuals whose disability or disabilities prevent them from being treated in a conventional dental setting. Every component of the center has been designed to accommodate the physical and support needs of our patients, their families, and/or caregivers. And because it provides dental care across the lifespan, the center offers a dental home for disabled patients on an ongoing basis.

Our oral healthcare team includes a dental director, multidisciplinary faculty, a nurse, a nurse practitioner, a social worker, 3 patient-service representatives, a clinic manager, and a patient care coordinator.

Distinctive features of the center include:

  • Two fully-equipped sedation suites designed to provide both inhalational and intravenous sedation administered under the supervision of anesthesiologists. This will reduce hospital referrals.
  • Spacious treatment rooms
  • Consult rooms, which allow for discussion with an interprofessional healthcare team
  • A multisensory room designed to reduce patients' agitation and anxiety, help them relax, and engage their senses.
  • A nurse's station
  • Two recovery rooms
  • A family reception area

The NYU Oral Health Center for People with Disabilities occupies the entire 8,000-square-foot 8th floor of the NYU College of Dentistry's Weissman Building.

Scope of services

Quality, affordable, comprehensive patient care is provided for all ages and all dental needs:

  • Basic Dental Care: Cleanings, routine exams, dental hygiene, sealants, fillings, and fluoride treatment.
  • Endodontics: Root canal procedures and other endodontic issues.
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: Surgical extraction of teeth and removal of diseased tissue. Services provided include surgical treatment of injuries and developmental malformations of the mouth, jaws, and related facial structures.
  • Orthodontics: A wide range of treatment is provided for children, adolescents, and adults who need braces.
  • Pediatric Dentistry: Pediatric dental treatment and disease prevention for children up to 14 years of age.
  • Implant Dentistry: Procedures for dental implants.
  • Periodontics: A wide range of treatment is provided for patients with gum disease.
  • Prosthodontics: Procedures for patients requiring crowns and bridges.