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SFCC Dental Hygiene Clinic

Hours of Operation

Clinic hours are scheduled in accordance with SFSC's academic term schedule. We are closed for holidays and winter and spring breaks.
 
FALL (Aug. - Dec.): 
Monday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.*
Wednesday 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.*
Thursday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.*
SPRING (Jan. - April): 
Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.*
SUMMER (May - July): 
Tuesday and
Wednesday
9 a.m. - Noon
Thursday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.*
   
NOTE: Closed on all days not listed
* Closed from Noon - 1 p.m.

SFSC Dental Hygiene Clinic

The clinic, open to the public, is located in Building T, Highlands Campus. Situated on the shore of beautiful Lake Glenada, the facility is arranged for private treatment  and is handicap accessible. The clinic is primarily SFSC's teaching/learning classroom, where students practice to become competent professionals in their field. Treatment in the clinic proceeds at a slower pace than a dental office, because services are performed by students under direct supervision of a licensed dentist and licensed dental hygienists. Student/instructor interaction requires many stopping points but also assures your treatment meets the highest standards of care. As a patient, you should expect your appointment to take up to three hours, and it may take more than one appointment to complete needed treatment.  

Service is by appointment only. Please call our front desk for more information: 863-784-7020 or e-mail devra.hamlet@southflorida.edu. If you must cancel for any reason, please give us a 24-hour notice so that the student can find another patient. They depend on treating a patient every session to complete graduation requirements. TWO missed appointments will result in discontinuation of treatment.

Services Provided

Services performed at the SFSC Dental Hygiene Clinic are limited to preventive treatment. It is not a full-service clinic, and students are unable to see patients for extractions, dentures or restorations (fillings and crowns). Accepted patients should not consider us their primary oral care provider and are encouraged to see their family dentist for routine check-ups. Examples of treatment provided in the clinic:

  • Comprehensive oral exam
  • Oral Hygiene Therapy for adults and children-scaling and polishing
  • Dental and Periodontal Charting
  • Fluoride Treatment
  • X-rays - full mouth, bite-wing, and panoramic
  • Sealant applications
  • Oral appliances - custom fluoride trays, night guards, bleaching trays
  • Tobacco cessation and nutritional counseling

Payment accepted by cash or check, only, and expected in full on the first appointment.

Eligibility

All patients over the age of 18 must be screened prior to appointment with a student for treatment. Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before your appointment to complete needed paper work. The student provider and instructor will decide together how much deposit is present on your teeth and determine if you will require x-rays or other ancillary procedures. Your name and contact information will be placed on a list, determined by level of difficulty, for students to appoint when they are in need of a patient with your status. It may take anywhere from one week to several months to be called for an appointment, depending on the level of difficulty. No fee is charged for a screening appointment.

Acceptability and treatment continuance is also dependent on:

  • Cooperation in keeping scheduled clinic appointments
  • Ability to accommodate long appointments in your daily schedule
  • Oral status that is a good learning experience for the student
  • Absence of any medical condition that would make treatment unsafe for you or the student

The clinic director reserves the right to refuse or discontinue treatment when indicated.

Blood-borne Pathogens and OSHA Requirements

Students are taught to adhere to the OSHA standards for infection control and disease prevention. They are required to wear masks/shields, gloves and goggles and you can expect to see plastic barriers covering anything you may come in contact with during treatment. Patients are also required to wear safety goggles when the student is working in the mouth. 

Child Patients

A parent or legal guardian MUST accompany children during their appointments. Consent for Treatment, Medical History, and Treatment Plan all must be signed before the student can proceed with treatment of a minor. Due to the generosity of the Highlands County Hospital Board, all preventive treatment performed on patients under the age of 18 is billed to a grant and is of no cost to the parent.