Dental Hygiene Clinic
What do I need to know as a patient?
Services Performed in the Dental Hygiene Clinic
The services will be performed by a dental hygiene student under the supervision of licensed dentists and dental hygiene faculty. Services performed are limited to preventive treatment and are not intended to take the place of regular dental visits. Preventive treatment provided includes:
- Oral Examinations
- Oral Prophylaxis (Cleaning and Polishing the teeth)
- Oral Health Instructions
- Necessary Radiographs (x-rays) - (referred to your dentist upon request)
- Fluoride Treatment
Length of Appointments
Treatment in the clinic proceeds at a slower pace than a dental office since the services are performed by the students and carefully evaluated by instructors. Usually preventive patient visits to the clinic take two or more appointments for 1-4 hours each visit based on patient needs. We want to provide you with the best possible care, so please be patient. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
For patients new to the clinic or returning patients who have not been seen in the last three years, an initial screening appointment is necessary prior to being scheduled for preventive services. At this time a medical and dental overview is made in order to determine length/number of appointments necessary to complete treatment based upon your individual needs.
Becoming a Patient
- The clinic is open mid-August to November and mid-January to end of April (based upon school semester schedule). Clinic hours vary each semester in the fall semester, clinic days are Wednesday and Friday from 8-5; in the spring semester, clinic days are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8-5.
- The clinic is open to interested adults and children in the community. Appointments must be made in advance.
- Please contact the dental hygiene division assistant at 270-831-9708 to schedule an appointment.
Cancellation of Appointments
The dental hygiene student has numerous clinical requirements to fulfill. They depend on YOU to help them in fulfilling these clinical requirements. If for some reason you cannot keep your appointment, please call the clinic at least 24 hours prior to your appointment to reschedule an appropriate time. This courtesy allows the dental hygiene student to give your appointment to another patient. Because of our busy schedule missed appointments, excessive cancellations or tardiness cannot be tolerated. Patients may be dismissed if missed appointments, excessive cancellations or tardiness becomes habitual behavior. The student's learning process and completion of clinic requirements for graduation and board examinations are jeopardized when a patient does not follow through with appointments. Your cooperation will allow us to better serve you.
Required Forms for your Appointment
New patients should print the Patient Consent Form and the Medical/Dental History Form and bring these completed forms to the dental hygiene clinic on the day of your appointment. New patients should also view the Patient Bill of Rights form. If you are unable to print the forms, please contact the dental hygiene division assistant at 270-831-9708 and they will mail you the necessary forms for you to complete and bring with you on the day of your appointment.
If you are taking any medications, please write on a paper the name of the medication and the dosage of the medication and why you are taking it OR bring the medications with you.
Fees for Services
Prophylaxis (Cleaning) with Fluoride Treatment
Radiographs-included in prophylaxis fee-as prescribed by Faculty Dentist
Sealant (per tooth)
Payment is expected at initial visit. Cash or personal checks only. No insurance or credit cards accepted.
We Want You to Come Back
Although the Dental Hygiene Clinic is committed to providing you with preventive procedures, we are also committed to partnering with your general dentist for comprehensive dental care. Successful preventive dental health care must be maintained on a regular schedule. Due to the dental hygiene student s required clinical experience with certain case difficulties, it may mean that it will not be possible to schedule your dental cleanings as frequently as you would like at our facility. We encourage you to seek services from your personal dentist when the dental hygiene students are unable to meet your preventive care needs.