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ODU Dental Hygiene Care Facility (for appointments call 757-683-4308)

The dental hygiene program at Old Dominion University provides comprehensive dental hygiene care at its on-campus health care facility from September through June. These services are available to Old Dominion University students, faculty, and staff and to the local community.

The goal of the Staff at the Dental Hygiene Care Facility is to assist individuals in eliminating and preventing oral disease and in maintaining optimal health. The facility is staffed and supervised by licensed dental hygienists and dentists. Dental hygiene students, who provide the oral health care, have extensive education and training and have demonstrated competence in the clinical services before treating the public.

Old Dominion University's program in dental hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

Comprehensive Dental Hygiene Care

The dental hygiene students offer a variety of oral health services under faculty supervision to patients from the university and the community (adults and children). All patients under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult. No children under age 5 are seen in our facility.

Location of Clinic

The Dental Hygiene Care Facility is located on the first floor of the Health Sciences   Building at the corner of Hampton Blvd. and 46th Street, next to the Constant Convocation Center on the campus of Old Dominion University. The entrance to the clinic is on 46th Street. Parking is limited; please allow extra time before your appointment to find a parking space.  Directions to the Clinic

Patient Responsibilities

The dental hygiene students have established schedules for patient care. Since the goal is quality dental hygiene care within a teaching/learning environment, patient cooperation is essential. Patients should understand that this is an educational setting and that the student's learning experience and progress depends on the patient's full cooperation. Everyone's time is valuable. If for some reason a patient is unable to keep an appointment, advance notice of 24 hours is required to allow the student to arrange to treat other patients. Patients with more than two cancellations will be inactivated from the care facility. We look forward to working with you.

Dental Hygiene Care Available

Health History and Blood Pressure Assessment
Oral Cancer Screening, Dental and Periodontal Charting
Oral Health Education and Health Promotion
Oral Prophylaxis, Theraputic Scaling
Extrinsic Stain Removal
Soft Tissue Management
Fluoride Therapy
Dental Sealants
Dietary Assessment and Nutritional Counseling
Prosthetic (Denture/Partial) Cleaning
Custom Athletic Mouthguard
Custom Fluoride Tray
Radiographic Services (if indicated)
Up to Four Radiographs (included with oral prophylaxis)
Full-Mouth Radiographic Series
Panographic Radiographs
Individual Radiographs
Local Drug Delivery
Radiographs and results of oral examination may be referred to the individual's dentist of record. Services performed in the Dental Hygiene Care Facility do not replace regular examinations by the dentist.

Individuals with compromised medical histories may be referred to a physician for medical clearance before receiving dental hygiene care.

Payment for Services

Minimal fees are charged to cover the expense of supplies used during care. Fees are to be paid at the first appointment. We accept personal checks, cash and credit cards for services. Clinic Fees

Scheduling Appointments

The Dental Hygiene Care Facility is opened weekly from September through June with the exception of holidays Thanksgiving, Semester Breaks, Spring and Summer vacation. Clinic business hours vary from semester to semester according to program schedules; however, appointments are available during the morning, afternoon and evening hours. Call the clinic (757) 683-4308, Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Length of Appointments

Treatment at the Dental Hygiene Care Facility proceeds more slowly than in private dental practice because patient care is provided by students and thoroughly monitored by the faculty. Preventive treatment appointments are usually one and a half hours to three hours in length, and many patients need more than one visit for the completion of services. The clinical staff realize that the patient's time is valuable and strive to keep to a minimum the number of appointments a patient must have. If multiple appointments are necessary to complete treatment, no additional fee is charged to the patient.

Policies

The clinic does not have a baby sitting service. Unattended children are not allowed in our clinical facility. Please make arrangements for someone to watch your child if you are being treated

Evaluation of the Clinic Experience

After a clinic visit, please take the time to complete this evaluation of your visit

  Treatment at the Dental Hygiene Care Facility proceeds more slowly than in private dental practice .