Patient Information

Criteria for Patient Acceptance

To be accepted as a teaching case, the following requirements must be met:

  • The patient must present with a health history and disposition that is suitable for patient care in the clinical teaching setting.
  • Patients over the age of 18 require an initial screening or assessment appointment to determine eligibility.
  • The patient must not have a medical or dental condition that would make treatment cause harm to the patient, clinical student or faculty member.
  • Patients may be given a medical consult to determine if dental hygiene services can be safely provided (for example, uncontrolled high blood pressure may affect care.) A patient's physician must authorize dental hygiene care by signing the medical consult prior to scheduling a cleaning appointment. Your health is our primary concern.
  • The patient must have oral conditions that provide a teaching opportunity.
  • The patient must be interested in improving their health and motivated to follow student oral health suggestions.
  • The patient must commit to keeping scheduled appointments and being on time for appointments. Dental hygiene treatment is completed by students who are supervised by licensed dental hygienists and dental faculty. Treatment requires significantly longer and more numerous appointments than traditional dental hygiene care found in a private dental office.
    • Most appointments require three to five visits that are each approximately four hours in length. To be a patient, you must commit and comply with the appointment times scheduled, or you will be dismissed as a patient and referred to your private dentist or to a community clinic for continuation of treatment.
  • The patient must consent to radiographs (X-rays) if needed, or treatment will be refused. Dental X-rays are required to assess, examine, diagnose and treat each patient's condition. Patient treatment will be refused without current X-rays. Radiographs taken at another dental office may be used with clinical dentist approval.
  • Patients may request that radiographs taken in the clinical facility be sent to their dentist of record.

Patients who do not meet the requirements for the clinical teaching setting will be referred to their dentist or a community dental clinic.

Children Under the Age of 18 (Minors)

  • Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. The parent or legal guardian must remain in the waiting room during the child's appointment.
  • The parent or legal guardian must provide consent for treatment.
  • Young children who are not mature enough for clinical care will be given a "happy visit," which includes a quick assessment. The child will be referred to a dentist or pediatric dentist.

Dallas College students, staff and faculty are not allowed to supervise children, nor are they held liable for unaccompanied minors.