CCFHC offers dental services

Dentist Dr. Demaris Bastian (left) examines a patient’s teeth at the CCFHC’s newly opened dental division with dental assistant Brittany Dedon (right).

The Capitol City Family Health Center in Donaldsonville is now offering dental services, which began on April 2. The CCFHC is new to the Donaldsonville community but has been offering medical and podiatry services since its opening last year. Dental services provided will include preventative measures such as exams, cleanings, sealings on children, restorations (crowns or fillings), and dentures on adults.

“The services we are providing are much needed in any community,” Donna Gaignard said, Site Administrator.

The CCFHC has state-of-the-art equipment in all of its divisions of the facility and the dental tools are no different. Dr. Demaris Bastian is ready and excited to put the equipment to use. Bastian is the Dentist who will see patients on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

“Once the word gets out we should get a lot of patients,” Dr. Bastian said, who also owns a private practice. “I think it’s a great need. A lot of people put dentistry aside and it could lead to some serious problems if you don’t address it soon.”

Dr. Bastian said not taking care of your teeth could lead to heart disease. She said just taking care of your teeth could make a person “happy or sad.”

“It can make a difference.”

The CCFHC doesn’t target a specific population, but it are designed to be able to provide services to the unemployed, underemployed or uninsured, in terms of being able to have a sliding fee scale.

The dental procedure works differently than medical in terms of the process of services rendered. The patient must go through examinations first and then their needs will be met, and the examinations cost but Gaignard said it’s worth it.

“There is a cost involved for quality care, we’re not a free clinic,” Gaignard said. “We’re very passionate about service rendered to people who can’t afford healthcare.”

She added, “Our biggest challenge overall in the clinic is getting people to understand why we are here and that we are very unique.”

The CCFHC is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and walk-ins are welcomed. The dental services will be provided on Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and walk-ins are welcome, however it’s requested to make an appointment due to the dentist having a full schedule and may not be able to render service to the walk-in.