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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 cancer screening
  • Gum disease screening
  • X-rays
  • Oral Hygiene Instruction
  • Oral Examination
  • Teeth cleaning (prophylaxis) all ages including "Happy visits" for children ages 0-3
  • Deep Cleaning (periodontal therapy) in combination with local anesthetic (novocaine) and nitrous oxide as needed
  • Laser therapy and other adjunctive therapy as needed
  • Fluoride application
  • Sealants
  • Other selective services including tobacco cessation referrals, denture cleaning, implant care, athletic mouthguards and tooth whitening trays

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?

The dental clinic will be open Monday-Friday for the spring semester from January 13thth, 2020 –April 24th, 2020, except for college-wide closures and holidays. Be sure to check the the Important Dates and Closures page.

Dental Hygiene appointment times for the spring semester are Wednesdays from 12:00pm-4pm and Fridays from 7:30am-11am. It is recommended that patients call ahead if coming in outside of an appointment time.

Dental Clinic Office Hours

Monday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Wednesday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday 7 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Dental Clinic office hours are limited during the following semester breaks:

  • Winter/Semester Break: December 16th, 2019-January 10th, 2020
  • Spring/Summer semester break: April 27th-May 8th, 2020
  • Summer/Fall semester break: August 24th-September 7th, 2020
Please call ahead for information or services during these dates.
Office & Fax Number: 480-377-4100

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.