Becoming a Comprehensive Care Patient in the Student Clinics
Whether you are new to the student clinics at the College of Dentistry or returning after an interruption in treatment, your dental needs will be evaluated in a two-appointment process. These appointments are essential in helping the College to determine if your dental needs and expectations can be met in our student clinics. We hope that these visits will help you understand your dental treatment options and estimated costs, and assist you with making informed decisions before treatment begins.
1st Appointment - Screening
You will be asked at this appointment to:
- Complete a registration form, health questionnaire, and financial agreement.
- Bring current insurance cards, including Title XIX.
- Bring any current radiographs on film or compact disc. If additional radiographs are needed, they will be taken at the first or second appointment and will be charged accordingly.
- Commit to longer appointments and treatment that will take longer.
- After a brief oral evaluation, a faculty dentist will discuss your dental needs and concerns with you and determine if your treatment is appropriate for the student clinics. The screening is not a complete examination and we are unable to provide a definitive diagnosis, treatment plan, or cost estimates at this appointment. Dental treatment will not begin at this appointment.If approved, you will be assigned to one of the student clinics.
- A $10 examination fee will be charged at this appointment, along with any radiograph fees.
2nd Appointment - Comprehensive Examination
Your second appointment will be with a student provider who will complete a thorough tooth-by-tooth examination. You can expect at this appointment that you will be provided with:
- A treatment plan outlining and prioritizing your dental needs.
- Estimated cost and time required for treatment.
- A non-refundable $35 examination fee will be charged.
- If a dental cleaning is necessary, it will usually be provided at a separate appointment.
Important information about your dental care in the student clinics:
- Lower fees in the student clinics are offered as compensation for more time in the dental chair. Appointments are usually scheduled for all morning or all afternoon. More appointments are required for treatment in student clinics than with a private dentist.
- Patients are expected to arrive on time for appointments and remain for the entire appointment.
- Every effort is made to accommodate appointment changes provided we have 48-hour notice of the need to reschedule or change an appointment.
- Payment for services, including insurance co-payments, is expected after each appointment. A half-down payment will be requested for more extensive or expensive dental procedures.
- The College is not authorized to accept IowaCare for payment.
- In an effort to ensure the safety and comfort of all, patients are asked to make care arrangements for young children and dependent adults during dental appointments. Children and dependent adults are not permitted in the treatment areas and should not be left unattended in any part of the building.
- Clinic hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
- An hourly fee is charged for parking.
- Cell phones must be turned off during dental appointments.
- The College of Dentistry building and grounds are smoke-free.