Dental hygiene clinic open to serve
By Julie Newell
The LCC campus may be mostly closed due to COVID-19, but there are still a few programs open, including the LCC Dental Hygiene Clinic.
The clinic is located in the HHS building, room 107, on the downtown campus. LCC’s facility is a fully operating dental hygiene clinic where people can get a cleaning, mouth guards made, exams, sealants, x-rays, etc.
There are precautions that the clinic and its patients have to follow to remain open.
“We definitely had to make some changes pretty quick,” Program Director Heather Bunce said. “Instead of having the whole, entire class seeing patients at one time, we had to do half the class one time, and half of the class at another time.”
Patients have to pass a pre-screening before coming into the clinic. They are met by the student hygienist, and their temperature is taken.
“We also had to change what we wear with patients,” Bunce said. “So for example, the students have to wear an N95 mask, a surgical mask over that, and then a face shield over that, with glasses … they wear surgical gowns to help keep them protected.”
According to Bunce, the clinic put HEPA filters in every cubical where patients are seen, to help circulate and clean the air. The clinic has also gone completely paperless, with all of the patients’ charting on computers.
The clinic is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The costs for a complete dental prophylaxis (teeth cleaning) are as follows: students (with a current student ID) and children (17 or younger) $25; seniors (60 years and older) $35; other adults (18-59) $40.
There are additional charges for other services. Prices are listed on the clinic’s webpage.
“The students are really phenomenal, especially when you consider all the changes that we’ve had to make because of COVID,” Bunce said. “I mean, we’ve really had to revamp how we do things.
“The students and the faculty are just really amazing and they do just such a nice job. I hope that people will come down and see them, because I don’t think they will be disappointed.”
For more information about the clinic visit www.lcc.edu/services/community-campus-resources/dental-clinic.html or call the clinic at (517) 483-1458.