Dental Services

People with special needs often have difficulty securing basic dental care. Developmental disabilities, including physical disabilities and behavioral problems, often serve as barriers to acceptance at local community clinics. Additionally, a typical dentist is not equipped to offer services to patients who are fearful or difficult to manage.

Elwyn’s Dental Clinics provide comprehensive, quality dental care to individuals with and without special needs. Caring, experienced staff works closely with persons with disabilities (age three and older), people with mental health problems and the frail elderly to ensure that they are comfortable and well cared for while receiving dental services. If necessary, patients over 14 can be sedated with IV sedation administered by a Board-certified Anesthesiologist in Elwyn’s clinic on the Media Campus. Located on Elwyn’s Media Campus in Delaware County and at Elwyn Philadelphia at 4040 Market Street, Elwyn’s Dental Clinics offer a full range of dental services covered by insurance:

  • Preventive care
  • Comprehensive exams
  • X-rays and panographs
  • Cleanings
  • Behavior management
  • Periodontal therapy (such as quadrant scaling and root planing)
  • Restorative fillings
  • Endodontic treatment (root canals)
  • Extractions (performed only when necessary)
  • Crowns
  • Removable prosthondontics (partials and dentures)


Dental services are rendered by caring, experienced Board Certified Dentists, Hygienists, and Dental Assistants. The Media Dental Clinic provides anesthesiology services by Board Certified Anesthesiologists, assisted by Registered Nurses certified in Adult Life Support. All Dental Clinic staff have many years of experience working with individuals with special needs.


The Hart M. Dixon Dental Clinic is a full-service facility serving the residents of Elwyn as well as persons with disabilities in the community. It is located in the Maris Building on Elwyn’s Media Campus. The Clinic staff is comprised of dedicated, caring dental professionals who combine their expertise to provide quality dental care to individuals with special needs.

Presently there are three Dental Clinic operatories at the Media facility. These operatories are equipped with state-of-the-art dental equipment, including a Panorex radiograph machine, two portable x-ray units (for ease with individuals who use wheelchairs) as well as a stationary unit. Special days are designated for those individuals who require IV sedation for their dental treatment.

Elwyn opened a second Dental Clinic at Elwyn Philadelphia, 4040 Market Street in June, 2007. This clinic also serves special needs populations and is a full-service dental clinic, including x-rays. The clinic has three operatories with state-of-the-art equipment and is open five days per week. The clinic is fully wheelchair accessible. Individuals with physical and developmental disabilities as well as those with mental illness and the frail elderly are served.

Who Is Eligible

Individuals with and without special needs, who have funding as identified below, are served by the dental clinics.

Making a Referral

To schedule an appointment or learn more about our dental services in Media, call Elwyn’s Hart M. Dixon Dental Clinic at 610-891-2320.

To schedule an appointment at our clinic in West Philadelphia, please call 215-895-5533.


The Dental Clinics currently accept the following insurances*:

  • Medical Assistance (Medicaid) Keystone Mercy Health Plan (including Medical Assistance Plan)
  • KIDSChoice
  • Aetna Dental
  • Cigna Dental
  • Delta Dental
  • Guardian
  • MetLife
  • United Concordia, Concordia Advantage, Plus, Access & Preferred
  • AmeriChoice (Medical Assistance Plan)
  • Health Partners (Medical Assistance Plan)

* Additional plans are being added. Please call to see if your plan is currently accepted.

Contact Us

For more information about Elwyn’s Dental Clinic Services, or to schedule an appointment, please contact:

  • Elwyn Philadelphia Dental Services
  • Elwyn Media Dental Services