The college is proud to announce a new web-based Special Needs Directory of Dentists for South Carolina at The site is a product of Project SANDs (Special Adult Network of Dentists), a joint effort between the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine and a grant from The Duke Endowment, with a goal to increase access to dental care for all patients with special needs in South Carolina.

The directory identifies dental offices and clinics that have reported that they are comfortable providing care to patients with special health care needs. Listings are identified by disability, severity, counties served, dental specialty, languages spoken, sedation techniques available and whether or not the practice accepts Medicaid. This directory is intended to be used by families, caregivers, case workers or anyone concerned with locating dental care for a patient with special health care needs in the state.

Project SANDs helps identify patients in need and matches them to a dental provider, either at the MUSC Kaminski Special Needs Clinic or with a provider close to their homes. Patients are provided with concierge care, including follow-up services through a partnership with Family Connection South Carolina.

The principal investigators for Project SANDs are Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Assessment Dr. Elizabeth S. Pilcher and Director of Advanced Education in General Dentistry and Director of the Division of Special Care Dentistry Dr. Michelle Ziegler.

If you are a dental provider and would like to add or update your information on this website, click the “Get Listed” link located at the top of the website. For further information about the SANDs program contact Joan McLauren at 843-876-0059 or Lisa Summerlin at 843- 792-9474. For problems with the website, contact Ashlina Chin at 843-792-9512.