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Rio Salado College Dental Clinic FAQs

Our goal is to provide you with quality preventive dental hygiene services and at the same time give our students practical educational experiences. Our school is owned and operated by Rio Salado College, one of the ten Maricopa Community Colleges.


Who provides the services?

Dental hygiene students provide services under the supervision of dentists and registered dental hygienists.

What services are provided?

  • Blood pressure screening
  • Oral examination
  • X-rays as needed
  • Teeth cleaned and polished
  • Fluoride application
  • Gum disease screening
  • Oral hygiene instruction
  • Other selected services, including sealants and diet counseling

Who qualifies for treatment?

The school is open to community members and their families. Children must be 4 years of age or older and are generally seen during the summer semester. All new patients must have a short screening visit before the dental hygiene appointment is scheduled. The screening allows the student to effectively plan your dental hygiene care. If you have a special dental or medical condition (such as heart disease, contagious illnesses, high blood pressure), a written statement from your physician may be needed before we can treat you.

How can I make an appointment?

Call (480) 377-4100 for a screening appointment that determines if you are eligible for a dental hygiene appointment. Screening appointments last approximately 30-45 minutes. If you successfully complete the screening appointment, you will be contacted when appointments become available.

Appointments are time-consuming because students are providing the treatment and are being supervised and evaluated by faculty. The first appointment usually takes three to four hours and it is often necessary to schedule additional appointments to complete your treatment.

Due to the high demand for appointments, if you must cancel, give us at least 24 hours notice. Otherwise, you may not be eligible for future appointments.

What if I need additional treatment?

Our students provide only preventive dental hygiene treatment. For a complete diagnosis of treatment needs, you must see your family dentist. If you don't have a family dentist, here is a list of community dental clinics in Arizona. At your written request, we will send diagnostic X-rays to your dentist.

Do you handle dental emergencies?

Emergency dental treatment is not available. Contact your family dentist, or go to the nearest emergency room for treatment.

Where is the Rio Salado Dental Clinic?

The clinic is located on the northeast corner of Park Lane and 14th Street at 2250 W. 14th Street, Tempe, AZ 85281. The mailing address is 2323 W. 14th Street, Tempe, AZ 85281

When is the clinic open?

Clinic hours and appointments can vary. Please call us to discuss appointment availability.
Office: (480) 377-4100
Fax: (480) 377-4716

What is the cost?

Fees may vary and are subject to change. Please contact the clinic for current pricing. Payment is required prior to services being rendered.