Students at SAIT Polytechnic offer cost-effective dental services at our on-campus clinic.
The SAIT Dental Clinic operates to provide our Dental Assisting students with practical experience. The services offered are intended to complement your regular dental check-ups and treatment.
Our students provide a professional and relaxed atmosphere with an emphasis on oral hygiene instruction and prevention of oral diseases. Although our services do not replace regular dental examinations, they can be an adjunct to help families that can not visit a dentist on a regular basis, and can significantly reduce the cost of your next visit with a family dentist. The public dental clinics run from January to May.
The following services are provided by Dental Assisting students:
- X-rays are processed at SAIT and provided to your dental office.
- Your dentist can prescribe the x-rays required or the dentist on staff at SAIT can determine which x-rays are required.
- X-ray services are provided to patients 4 years of age and older.
Tooth Polishing, Fluoride Application and Desensitizing Treatment
- Appointments are approximately 2 to 3 hours long and focus on education and prevention of oral diseases.
- A dental exam is not provided, and your appointment at the SAIT Dental Clinic is not meant to replace your regular dental examination with your family dentist.
- The Preventive Dentistry Module is a post graduate dental assisting program that offers limited scaling to the public. This module is not offered each year. Patients must be screened for applicability. Please call the SAIT Dental Clinic for more details.
- Dental Scaling is not part of the polish and fluoride clinics for adult patients.
Custom Sport Guards and Whitening Trays
- Custom dental sport guards and whitening trays will be fabricated for your upper and lower teeth.
- Two appointments (approximately 30 minutes each) are required: for impressions of your teeth and for a fitting.
- Dental sealants are a thin plastic coating applied to the chewing surfaces and grooves of the teeth to help protect against tooth decay.
Please note, we do not currently offer restorative treatment such as fillings, crowns or root canals. Please call the SAIT Dental Clinic for more details about our services.
- $15 per person per service
- $30 for a family of three or more per service
- $20 for sportguards and whitening trays
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What services are provided?
The SAIT Dental Clinic offers limited low-cost dental services and is open to the public primarily from January to May each year. All services are provided by dental assisting students under the supervision of a licensed dental health care professional. Our teaching clinic strives to work with your regular oral health care provider as the services our students can provide are limited. You will need to see a private dental office for most of your oral health care needs. The following services are provided at SAIT by Dental Assisting students:
- X-rays for ages 4 years and older.
- Selective polish (cleaning), oral hygiene instruction, and topical fluoride treatments.
- Desensitizing treatment will be offered to patients with dental hypersensitivity at their polish appointment.
What is the cost?
Fees will be charged for all services at a reduced rate. Payment must be made at each appointment for the treatment received.
How long are the appointments?
Teaching takes time, and patients coming to the SAIT Dental Clinic should be aware that services take longer than at a dental office. X-ray appointments may take up to 2 hours and polish appointments 2 ½ to 3 hours.
What is a polish treatment?
Polishing is a technique used to remove dental plaque and stains from the outer surfaces of the teeth. A polish is not a substitute for a complete dental cleaning that removes the hard deposits (calculus) from the teeth.
What is a topical fluoride treatment?
Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods and water. Topical fluoride is placed on the outer surfaces of the teeth to help prevent tooth decay.
What is desensitizing?
Desensitizing treatment will be offered to patients who suffer from dental hypersensitivity at their polish appointment. A fluoride varnish will be applied to sensitive teeth.
What is dental scaling?
Dental scaling is the removal of the hard deposits from the teeth. Dental scaling must be performed by a dentist, dental hygienist or dental assistant with additional training.
Can I get my teeth scaled at SAIT?
Dental Scaling is not part of our regular preventive dental clinics for adult patients.
Limited scaling is available the public through the Preventive Dentistry Module clinics. Patients must be screened for applicability. Please call the SAIT Dental Clinic for more details, as these clinics as not routinely offered to the public.
Can I take my x-rays with me?
X-rays will be provided to you at the end of your appointment.
Who should wear a dental sport guard?
Sport guards are recommended for athletes of all ages and abilities, including players of high contact sports like hockey, lacrosse, martial arts, football, soccer, basketball and rugby. Mouth guards protect against chipped or broken teeth, root and bone damage, tooth loss, jaw fracture, cerebral hemorrhage, concussion and neck injury.
What is the difference between a dental sport guard and a dental night guard?
Dental sport guards act as a shock absorber; they protect against concussions, neck injuries, lacerations and fractures while playing sports. Dental night guards are used to treat grinding and clenching of the teeth while you sleep. A sport guard cannot be used as a night guard.
Who can benefit from dental sealants?
Children, teenagers and adults with deep grooves or fissures on the biting surfaces of their teeth that do not already have fillings will benefit from dental sealants.
Where can I purchase whitening/bleaching products for my whitening trays?
Whitening/bleaching products can be purchased from your family dentist.
I am unable to afford the costs associated with dental treatment, do you have any recommendations?
- The Alberta Child Health Benefit offers free children's dental care (up to age 17) to low-income families. For more information call 1.877.469.5437 or visit Alberta Human Services.
- The University of Alberta (in Edmonton) offers reduced-fee dental care to selected clients. The dental work is done by students, under close supervision of qualified instructors. For more information call 780.492.5182 or visit their website.
- Residents in the Calgary region who are considered low-income and have no dental insurance may be eligible to receive reduced-fee dental care at some community dental clinics. For more information call 403.228.3384 or visit Alberta Health Services.
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