Southwestern College

The SWC Dental Hygiene Clinic is primarily a teaching clinic.  Patients receiving dental hygiene care will be participating in the teaching program. 

Patients will be accepted only if considered suitable as teaching cases. 

Treatment will be performed by a student and is supervised by dental hygiene faculty.  Treatment received in a teaching clinic condition requires more time than private practice and most appointments will be approximately 2 to 4 hours in length

For adults, multiple appointments may be required. 

 Appointment POLICY

The Clinic has a policy regarding appointments:  All patients are required to remain the entire length of the appointment unless prior arrangements are made with the student dental hygienist. (See Appointment Policy)

 Patients must:

  • Be free of medical or dental conditions that would make treatment hazardous to patient or operator.
  • Have oral and behavioral conditions that are considered acceptable for student learning.
  • Have interest in learning preventive oral hygiene techniques.
  • Cooperate in keeping clinic appointments on time.
The clinic supervisor reserves the right to refuse or discontinue treatment when indicated. For a complete understanding of patient's rights and responsibilities, please refer to the document below.

Initial Screening Appointment

A thorough health/dental history and a limited soft/hard tissue exam is performed at this time. If dental x-rays are necessary they may also be taken at this time; or if available please bring your x-rays with you. An examination will be performed to determine your oral health status and basic dental hygiene treatment needs. Following the screening appointment, you may be placed on a call list and contacted based on the students' needs.

A more extensive examination, outlining your specific dental hygiene treatment needs may begin at the next appointment. Subsequent appointments will be arranged by the individual dental hygiene student.

Appointment Length

Because services are performed by students, treatment at the Dental Hygiene Clinic will take longer to complete than it would in private practice to allow for the clinical instruction of the students. As a patient, you will receive free, high quality care, as all procedures are evaluated by instructors.

Appointments are usually scheduled 2 - 4 hours in length and it generally takes more than one appointment to complete your treatment. The time necessary to complete dental hygiene treatment depends on the difficulty of your case and the level of the student's skills. It is essential to student success and patient care that you are able to stay the length of the entire appointment.

Once Treatment is Completed /Returning Patients

 Patients may initially qualify for treatment and complete their dental hygiene care.  After initial treatment is completed, patients may no longer be considered appropriate as teaching cases; in this case, services will discontinue and the patient will be referred to his/her dentist.

The student and faculty determine re-eligibility for completed patients.  Completed patients may be placed on a one or two year re-eligibility cycle.   This means patients must wait one or two years before returning to the clinic as a participant.  This allows students to obtain a broader clinical experience.

The Dental Hygiene Program and Clinic is not a substitute for regular dental care.

 It is recommended that all patients seek dental care.  In certain cases, treatment in the SWC Dental Hygiene Clinic may be refused until dental care is provided by the patient’s dentist.  

Last updated: 6/23/2016 10:42:14 AM