Patient Information

WELCOME!


We are pleased to welcome you as a prospective patient to our dental hygiene clinic!

The purpose of the Cabrillo College Dental Hygiene Clinic is to "produce clinically competent, ethical and knowledgeable Dental Hygienists". To that end, the student hygienists at the Dental Hygiene Clinic are equipped to provide their community with quality dental hygiene and dental radiology services at affordable prices. These services are provided in our state of the art dental hygiene educational intuition located on the beautiful Cabrillo College Main Campus.


Our philosophy is to provide you with professional dental hygiene services that will assist you in keeping your teeth and gums healthy. We thank you and appreciate your trust in us and for giving the students the opportunity to learn the skills mandatory to become competent dental hygienists.


We thank you for your support of the Cabrillo College Dental Hygiene Clinic and look forward to seeing you in the clinic soon!
 

GENERAL INFORMATION:

Dental hygiene care is provided by a student dental hygienist and supervised by registered dental hygienists and licensed dentists. The services offered at Cabrillo College Dental Hygiene Clinic are part of a sound dental care program, but are not a substitute for regular visits to your dentist. Cabrillo is a teaching institution therefore these appointments are longer than those in private dental offices. Expect to have at least two to four appointments, each appointment is approximately 2 to 4 hours long. 
 
Dental Hygiene care received at Cabrillo College Dental Hygiene Clinic is not a substitute for annual visits to a dentist.  Each patient visiting the Cabrillo College Dental Hygiene Clinic must also have a current set of full mouth x-rays taken within the last five (5) years and bite-wings taken within the last two (2) years.

TO BECOME A PATIENT

All patients require an initial evaluation& oral assessment appointment to determine if they are eligible for care in our clinic. Only patients whose care is suitable for teaching purposes are eligible for treatment in the Cabrillo College Dental Hygiene Clinic.  Some patients may initially qualify for treatment and later, after an assessment, may no longer be considered appropriate as teaching cases. If this circumstance occurs, services will be discontinued and the patient will be referred to his/her dentist.
 

PATIENT ACCEPTABILITY

The following are conditions of patient acceptability for treatment in the Cabrillo College Dental Hygiene Clinic:
  • Full mouth x-rays taken within the last five (5) years and bite-wings taken within the last two (2) years
  • Free from any medical or dental condition which would make treatment hazardous to patient or operator
  • Oral conditions which are considered acceptable for student learning
  • Patient interest in learning preventive oral hygiene techniques
  • Patient cooperation in keeping scheduled clinic appointments
  • Clinic faculty reserves the right to refuse or discontinue treatment when indicated

PARKING:

A campus parking permit is required to park on campus. A FREE daily clinic parking permit is issued for each appointment. Please inquire when checking in for your appointment. Cars parked in staff spaces or without permits are ticketed by the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Department.
 

CHILDREN'S POLICY:

In order to create a safe and secure environment, all children under the age of 12 years old must be supervised at all times by an adult i.e. a parent/guardian, teacher, or assigned child-care giver over the age of 16. This policy affirms that the Cabrillo College Dental Hygiene Clinic cannot assume responsibility for unattended children.