Pensacola State College - Dental Hygiene Clinic
General Clinic InformationThe Dental Hygiene Clinic at Pensacola State College offers preventive dental hygiene services to the public.
The program provides dental hygiene care to over 3,000 people annually.
This care is made possible by the Dental Hygiene Program of the College, which provides education to students for future practice in private dental offices, hospitals, and public health agencies.
The clinic does not provide restorative dentistry (fillings), oral surgery (removal of teeth), orthodontics (braces), or dentures.
Because the Dental Hygiene Program is designed and maintained for teaching procedures, scheduling and dental hygiene services differ from those of a private dental office.
Those accepted for treatment are patients whose dental problems have teaching value and who have the extra time required for treatment. All dental care is performed by student dental hygienists who are carefully supervised by licensed dental hygiene faculty. Therefore, the instructors constantly review and evaluate the treatment rendered by the student which affects the length of visits and the number of appointments required.
Before you decide if you wish to be considered for treatment, please read the following information that describes what you may expect as a patient in the Dental Hygiene Clinic.
Becoming a Clinic Patient
As a possible patient, you must first have a dental screening. A dental screening allows the student hygienist to review your medical history and complete a brief assessment of your oral health needs to ensure that you meet the needs of a teaching institution. A student dental hygienist will be assigned to you that has the skills necessary to care for you. To schedule a screening appointment, please call (850) 484-2236. Screenings take place in the fall semester in our clinic on Tuesday and Thursday and in the spring semester Monday Through Thursday by appointment only.
If an appointment is not immediately available to you following your screening, you will be notified by phone when an appointment becomes available. The length of the wait for this first appointment can be from one to several weeks, depending upon the time in the school year and your individual oral health needs.
Patients with a medical or dental condition that hinders proper treatment may not be acceptable for a clinic appointment (i.e., uncontrolled high blood pressure). Children less than five (5) years of age are not considered mature enough for clinical care in this teaching clinic and all children age 18 or under must be accompanied by an adult.
Our services may include:
- Medical and Dental History
- Blood Pressure Reading
- Oral Cancer Screening
- Intra and Extra Oral Examination
- Oral Health Education
- Radiographs (x-ray pictures)
- Prophylaxis (cleaning of teeth)
- Periodontal Debridement (deep cleaning)
- Fluoride treatment
Payment for services rendered:
- A reasonable fee is charged for all dental hygiene care provided by the Dental Hygiene Clinic. One fee is charged, per preventive series of appointments, regardless of the number of visits required to complete your care. Fees are to be paid at the screening appointment.
- Payment may be made in cash or by check. Credit and debit cards are not accepted.
|Sealants||$10.00 for first tooth $5.00 each additional tooth|
|Full mouth seris of x-rays||$20.00|
A specific plan for your treatment will be explained to you. With the aid of x-ray pictures, a faculty member and student will determine your dental condition and recommend a general outline of dental hygiene treatment and a way to complete it. Generally, a complete prophylaxis (teeth cleaning) for a patient who has regular dental care requires a minimum of one to two appointments, of four hours each.
Patients should arrange an appointment with a dentist of their choice for a comprehensive oral examination and diagnosis following completion of the services provided at this clinic. The dental hygiene clinic does not provide a comprehensive dental exam for patients. X-ray pictures will be taken after review of the medical/dental history. Need for x-ray pictures is approved by the faculty dental hygienist and is dependent upon the presence or absence of dental decay, gum disease, and frequency of dental visits.
Your radiographs (x-ray pictures) are available upon your request.
The Dental Hygiene Clinic is located in building 3100 on the Warrington Campus, Room 3102. This building is located across the street from the VA Clinic on highway 98. Click here to find a map of Pensacola State Warrington campus. Look for Building #3100.
Patient Rights and Responsibilities
Please read our complete patient information statement found in the clinc.
Just as your time is valuable, so is that of your student dental hygienist. You can help the student, and speed up your treatment, by being available when your presence is required and by arriving promptly for each scheduled appointment. You should plan on spending a minimum of two hours for each visit once treatment has begun.
If you must cancel an appointment, please give 24-hours or more notice by calling the Clinic Reception Office (850) 484-2236.
Appointments will be rescheduled as the schedule allows.
Patients who do not show, cancel or change two appointment will result in patient suspension of five years.
Your cooperation will enhance the students learning experience and will assist with your treatment.
We look forward to providing you with excellent, affordable dental hygiene care.