Sarrell Dental is an Alabama based nonprofit which serves children ages 1-20 with Medicaid or ALLKids insurance. With 14 locations throughout the state and a Mobile Dental Bus, the Sarrell Dental Team has treated over 350,000 children since their establishment in 2004.

With over 185 employees, the Sarrell Dental staff is made up of individuals who are dedicated to helping children and ensuring no child is neglected when it comes to receiving dental care. The Sarrell Dental Team understands the importance of a comfortable environment for children and strives to make sure patients enjoy their trips to the dentist. With colorful walls, a friendly staff, and TV’s in each room, each office is catered to the needs of the children they serve.

Since opening, Sarrell Dental has seen a notable decrease in the revenue per patient treated. In 2005, the revenue per patient was $328. In 2011, the revenue per patient was decreased to $131. This decrease can be attributed to both the preventative work provided for children at a young age as well as Sarrell Dental’s community outreach efforts. Through providing dental screenings at local schools and daycares, the Sarrell Dental Team can evaluate the needs of students and ensure parents are aware of their child’s current dental needs. In addition, Sarrell Dental provides dental education lessons at various schools, day cares, and community events where children have the opportunity to learn the correct way of brushing, learn interesting dental facts, and ask any questions they might have through a fun, relaxing presentation. Aside from providing dental care to children in need, one of the ways Sarrell Dental gives back to the community is through their free summer basketball camps which they put on in different areas across the state. Camp instructors include members of the University of Alabama basketball team who spend the day teaching children the fundamentals of basketball and the importance of team work.

Within their second annual session of summer basketball camps, over 200 children have attended the camps held in Anniston and Clanton. Sarrell Dental will hold their third basketball camp this Saturday, July 21st from 9:00am- 12 noon at the East Limestone High School Gym. The 2012 summer camp session will come to a close after the fourth basketball camp is held in Tuscaloosa on July 28th at the Tuscaloosa Plum Grove Baptist Church Activity Center.

Sarrell Dental takes pride in the opportunity to provide these free camps for children because they realize many children might not have the chance to attend summer camps due to the expense. The summer basketball camps provide a small way for Sarrell Dental to have an impact on children outside of the dental realm.

If you are looking for a dental home for your child or know of someone who might be interested in Sarrell’s services, Sarrell Dental has an office located near you at 310 West Elm Street in Athens, AL. To schedule an appointment or ask any questions you might have, please call (256) 262-0200 to speak with a Sarrell representative.

Sarrell Dental looks forward to continual growth as their team strives to meet the dental needs of Alabama’s children. With a mission devoted to oral care and oral health awareness along with a staff dedicated to children, the future of Sarrell Dental looks bright. For more information on Sarrell Dental, please visit our website at WWW.SarrellDental.Org.
By: Christine Marsh of Sarrell Dental

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