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Dental Clinic

State of the Art

The Dental Clinic at Gulf Coast State College has the latest technology required to give you the best treatment using the best tools in the industry. With almost 10,000 square feet of both educational and professional space, the Dental Clinic provides you with talented students and instructors who deliver quality patient care.

A Few of our Quality Services

  • Medical and Dental History Assessment
  • Vital Signs (blood pressure, pulse, respiration)
  • Dental Examinations, Consultations, Referrals
  • Radiographs (x-rays)
  • Periodontal Evaluations
  • Cleaning and Polishing Teeth
  • Fluoride Treatments
  • Dietary and Nutritional Counseling
  • Oral Hygiene Instructions/Patient Education
  • Sealant Application
  • Restorative procedures (amalgam, composite, glass ionomer)
  • Desensitization Procedures
  • Dental Disease Risk Assessments

Call for an Appointment Today!

Remember: The GCSC Dental Clinic is a student learning environment.  The primary provider of services will normally be a dental student or a student assisting a dental faculty member. Dental appointments made in the clinic can be lengthy (3 hours) and may require more than one appointment.

Dental Clinic visits are available by appointment only. The Dental Clinic is conveniently located in the George G. Tapper Health Science Building at Gulf Coast State College Panama City Campus. Payment is required at time of service.

To make an appointment, please contact Debbie Pringle:
phone: 850.872.3833 or toll-free 1.800.311.3685
email: dpringle@gulfcoast.edu
web: www.gulfcoast.edu

Dental ClinicPatient Rights

Patients can expect considerate, respectful and confidential treatment within the clinic. When appropriate, there will be planned appointments with completion of scheduled treatment. Patients have access to complete, current information about their dental condition, cost of treatment, and explanation of recommended treatment, and expected outcomes of treatment.

Due to the educational scope of the program, patients are informed that the provision of dental services are limited. Patients should seek comprehensive care from a private practice dentist of their choice. The clinic will be glad to provide consultations, referrals, and duplicates of radiographs. The patients are further informed that when the dental faculty determine it is in the best interest of the patient or the student, the patient will be referred to the private sector for further clinical treatment. The clinic exists to teach students the skills of dental assisting and dental hygiene. The primary provider of services will normally be dental student or a student assisting a dental faculty member. Dental appointments made in the clinic can be lengthy (3 hours), requiring many procedural steps to be performed by the student. Each process will be evaluated and approved of under the direct supervision of qualified dental faculty. The patient is further advised that numerous appointments may be required in either clinic session.

Medical Concerns Regarding Dental Care

Any patient that presents a medical condition that requires medical clearance or further consultation will be given a referral to their physician. Examples of such conditions or situations requiring premedication with antibiotics include:

  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Rheumatic Heart Disease/Fever
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Shunt or Kidney Disease
  • Prosthesis/Artificial Joints Heart Valves
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Insulin-Dependent Diabetics

Please call the dental clinic if there are questions regarding any medical condition.

Occupational Safety and Health Briefing:
The Dental Programs at Gulf Coast State College have an obligation to maintain standards of health care and professionalism that are ethically and legally correct and that are consistent with the public's expectations of the health professions. In accordance with OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen standard, 29 CFR 1910.1030, a Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan has been developed for the Dental Programs at Gulf Coast State College.  These guidelines are established and practiced by all dental health personnel (faculty, staff, and students) while as an employee, volunteer, or student with the Dental Assisting or Dental Hygiene program.  These specific guidelines and other Dental Program policies are available for review in the Dental Programs Manual.


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