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June 13, 2024

Conn. dentists file application to create 6 dental surgery centers in state

Contributed Dr. Gregory Mokotoff.
Contributed Dr. David Barton

Two Connecticut dentists have filed an application with the state seeking to create for-profit dental ambulatory surgical centers in six cities.

Dr. Gregory Mokotoff, the chief of dentistry at Bridgeport Hospital, and Dr. David Barton, a dentist anesthesiologist with a mobile practice called Coastal Sedation Specialists, filed a Certificate of Need application with the state Office of Health Strategy (OHS) to create dental sedation centers in six cities across Connecticut.

The application, filed on June 10, states that each “single-specialty” dental ambulatory surgical center (ASC) will be a joint venture between Catamount Health and local providers that include dentists and anesthesia providers.

The application notes that Catamount Health is a “future name” of the organization, which will do business in the state as Dental Sedation Center of Connecticut. As of Thursday, neither business name had been registered with the state, according to the state’s business name website.

The document lists Mokotoff as chief operating officer of Catamount Health, and provides mailing addresses in Trumbull, where Mokotoff lives, and Greenwich, where Barton resides.

According to the application, developing the centers will cost an estimated $2 million to $15 million. Exact locations for each facility are “still being planned pending leasing of commercial space within a medical office building,” it states. 

It does list six potential locations that include Fairfield, Stamford, Hartford, New Haven, New London and Danbury. The application adds that “all locations should be within 10-25 miles of the city center.”

Each location “is intended to serve all dentists within a 25-50 mile radius of the ASC, as well as patients who would generally be served by local hospital service areas in that same radius,” the application states.

The applicants included estimated starting dates for the project, stating that the draft timeline for each site would be to open one per quarter, starting with the first quarter of 2025 and concluding by the second quarter of 2026.

The services to be provided include “dental sedation (general anesthesia and/or conscious sedation) for cases being performed by any of the following: pediatric dentist, general dentist, oral surgeon, periodontist, prosthodontist, endodontist, or orthodontist.”

The dentists list the target population to be served by the centers as pediatric patients “and/or individuals with intellectual and developmental disability requiring general sedation and/or conscious sedation for dental procedures.” They also state that, initially, they expect all patients to be insured by Connecticut Medicaid.

In addition to his work at Bridgeport Hospital, Mokotoff also is on staff with Kids First Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, which has locations in Fairfield, Monroe and Norwalk.

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