UW School of Dentistry

DECOD Clinic

DECOD (Dental Education in the Care of Persons with Disabilities) at the University of Washington School of Dentistry in Seattle was established in 1974 to increase access to care for people with disabilities.

What is our mission at DECOD?

  • Clinical Services – DECOD provides dental care that is not otherwise available in the community for patients with developmental and acquired disabilities.
  • Quality – DECOD is a teaching institution committed to improving quality of care for patients with disabilities

Who do we treat at DECOD?

Dr. Espinoza, a DECOD dentist at computer viewing x-rays
Dr. Espinoza at computer viewing x-rays

We are committed to serving the population of Washington with developmental and acquired disabilities. Qualifying diagnoses include but are not limited to:

  • ALS
  • Autism
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down syndrome
  • Intellectual disability
  • MS
  • TBI
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Stroke

If you have concerns about diagnosis qualification please contact your DDA case manager or the DECOD patient care coordinator at 206.543.4619.

Who will be providing your care at DECOD?

Treatment may be provided by dental students, dental residents and dental hygiene students in addition to our DECOD faculty, fellows and staff.

How do I become a patient at DECOD?

*Please download and complete these documents:

*if you have questions about your diagnosis or DECOD eligibility please contact us before completing.

Please return completed documents to:

Renee Takeuchi, Patient Care Coordinator
UW Oral Medicine – DECOD Program
Health Sciences Building
1959 NE Pacific Street Room B323
Box 356370 Seattle, WA 98195‐6370

All questions requiring the application can be directed to our patient care coordinator at 206.543.4619. Once you have been accepted as a patient in the DECOD program you will be contacted by our patient care coordinator to make an appointment.

At your first visit there will be a thorough review of your medical history. Bring a current medication list, list of diagnoses, and surgical history. After your medical history and dental history have been reviewed, an exam and/or x -rays MAY be attempted. Please plan on your first DECOD visit lasting a minimum of two hours.

All cleanings and other dental treatment will be provided at later appointments.


The DECOD Clinic is located in Room B-323 of the UW Health Sciences Building on NE Pacific Street between 15th Avenue NE and the Montlake Bridge. To find the DECOD clinic, visit our map and directions page.

Parking – Special parking places for disabled persons are available in the S-1 parking area directly south of the B and D wings of the Health Sciences Building in the School of Dentistry. The usual parking fee is charged. The first floor entrance to the D wing has curb cuts and ramps for wheelchairs.  Parking at University of Washington Medical Center (Triangle and Surgery Pavilion) are available at the patient’s expense.  There are NO discounts or validation stickers for these areas to park.

Buses – For information call Metro at 206.553.3000 or 206.684.1739 TTY.

Several services offer transportation for elderly and disabled persons.

Questions? Please call the DECOD Clinic at 206.543.4619 or the School of Dentistry Billing Office at 206.543.5297.

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