Dental clinic trains students and provides services at affordable prices

The dental clinic at SPSCC provides dental care to students, faculty and the public with prices 30-40 percent lower than most dental offices.

The clinic is run by Dr. Dana Larson, a practicing dentist and an adjunct professor at SPSCC. Dental students studying to become dental assistants provide the majority of services, under the guidance of Dr. Larson or another practicing dentist. The students gain many hands-on skills that they would not otherwise be able to gain in the classroom. Students learn how to be dental assistants, hygienists and customer service representatives. They learn skills ranging from sterilization to patient management to front office skills such as answering the phone.

The clinic offers most of the same services that a private dentist office would provide, with the exception of dentures and partial dentures, although they can refer these services to another dentist.

“We do some extractions, some root canals, and fillings and crowns,” Larson said.

The clinic, which is located on the SPSCC campus in the north wing of building 34, has been around since the 1970s. Dr. Larson encourages both the campus community and the greater community to come to the clinic.

“We love to see faculty and students, but of course anybody from outside the college,” said Dr. Larson, “We have a great atmosphere and we have lots of fun.”

The clinic is open from 7:50 a.m. until noon on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 360-596-5464 or go to the clinic webpage on the SPSCC website.

 

Correction November 7, 2014:
The printed version of this article has a typo in the headline. “Services” was misspelled as “servies.”

 

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