The Phoenix College Dental Hygiene Clinic offers preventive and therapeutic dental services to qualified patients. All procedures performed by students are under the supervision of instructors, and may require more than one visit to be completed.
Dental visits begin with a medical history review and dental screening examination.
- medical history review
- blood pressure screening
- radiographs (x-rays)
- extra- and intra-oral examination
- periodontal assessment to determine the health of the gums
- selective polishing
- fluoride treatments as needed
- conservative periodontal therapy
- administration of local anesthetic
- dental sealants (a thin plastic coating on chewing surfaces of molars to help prevent decay)
Dental Hygiene Assessments
If you are interested in receiving oral hygiene services in the PC dental clinic and have not been a patient in the past, or it has been over two years since your last visit in our clinic, your first visit will be for assessment purposes only. At this appointment, a supervised dental hygiene student will gather data to determine your eligibility to receive dental hygiene care in the PC dental clinic.
Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis and is primarily determined by the opportunity to provide student learning, as well as the clinic's ability to meet your oral health needs. Eligible patients will either be assigned directly to a student dental hygienist, or be placed on a 'call/waiting' list for an appointment as they become available. If you are assigned, the student will contact you regarding your first appointment within 7 days of the assessment appointment. This assessment appointment is free and takes approximately 45 minutes.
Making an Appointment
The Dental Clinic is closed approximately five months per year (winter, spring and summer breaks and all other observed holidays). It is recommended to make an appointment early in the semester.
New patients may download, print, and fill out the new patient forms prior to arriving at the clinic. Payment is required prior to hygiene services being rendered. Clinic patients will be given a receipt to submit to their insurance company for reimbursement of fees.