Gainesville dentist receives award for work with special needs patients.



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Health Equity Hero Ward

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) – A Gainesville dentist and UF professor of Dentistry has received an award for his more than 30 years of dealing with the industry’s most difficult patients, those with special needs.

It’s called a Health Equity Hero award and comes with a $5000 dollar donation to a charity of the winner’s choice. Dr. Timothy Garvey won for his work with disabled and underprivileged patients. “Most of the people we take care of they can’t communicate with you easily,” said Dr. Garvey. “Most won’t do things like sit in a dental chair or allow you to perform the things you would do in a regular dental setting easily.” “He gets the ones that are thrashing, biting down and can’t follow instructions,” said Douglas Manning who presented the award on behalf of Dentaquest. “The patients that need anesthesia sedation and

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