More than 160 patients receive free dental work in Denison

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DENISON, TX -- Amanda Owens arrived to Lake Texoma Dental Care around 5 Friday morning to wait in line through the cold rain and wind.

She joined more than 70 people in line for free dental work.

Dr. Stephen McAnaney and his staff closed the office Friday to offer free cleanings and extractions to Texoma residents.

"We just enjoy doing this," he said. "We love giving back to the community."

McAnaney said many patients who come in have suffered months - or even years - of pain.

"If you've never had a toothache, you just wouldn't know. And it makes them feel better to have those out," he said.

Valerie Shields, office manager, said they had the first patient in the chair at 7 a.m. They had registered more than 160 patients by Noon.

"We love it. All the patients are so appreciative," she said.

It's the seventh time the clinic has hosted the event.

"Being the 7th time, we're much more organized," McAnaney said.

They average around 170 patients each time, he said.

"It's really nice to have a great team, and all of these volunteers. Because they make it happen. It makes me look good," he said.

Owens said she was nervous for the procedure - but ready to get the tooth out.

"Honestly, it's not something I like doing, but just get it over with, and it don't hurt as bad," she said.

Lake Texoma Dental Care has seen almost 1,000 patients during the first seven free clinics.

On Friday, the Lake Texoma Dental Care saw 166 patients, pulled 229 teeth and conducted 45 cleanings. It cost $77,747 - all of the work and money donated by the clinic.

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