Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health
5850 E. Still Circle
Mesa, AZ 85206
The University of Arizona AP Still Dental School supports Preventive Dentistry
WHY IS PREVENTIVE DENTISTRY IMPORTANT AND WHEN SHOULD
Preventive Dentistry means a healthy smile that requires fewer visits to the Dentist:
- Eating becomes more enjoyable because healthy mouths chew more easily
and gain more nutrients from the foods they eat.
- You can also speak more quickly and clearly.
- People with healthier mouths have a better chance of general health, because disease in the mouth can endanger the rest of the body.
- A healthy mouth is more attractive, and you can have confidence that you are putting forth your best appearance.
- Preventive Dentistry is the first step to becoming cavity-free.
Preventive dentistry begins Regular Tooth brushing.
The earlier your dental visit, the better the chance of preventing dental disease and reducing your time in the Dentist’s Chair
Visit your dentist for a complete examination to lay the foundations for having the best in dental health.
COMPLETE INFORMATION ON HOW TO
ACCESS COMPREHENSIVE DENTISTRY
AT THE ARIZONA SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY
A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ASDOH) expanded its special care patient services Sept. 25, 2008 with the grand opening of the Thunderbirds Charities Special Care Unit at Dental Care West in Glendale. The new unit is ASDOH’s second, following in the footsteps of a very successful special care suite at its Mesa clinic.
The Thunderbirds Charities Special Care Unit was made possible by a $150,000 grant from the Thunderbirds Charities, and provides comprehensive special care dentistry for patients with intellectual, physical, and emotional disabilities, as well as other special healthcare needs.
At both clinic locations, faculty-supervised student dentists provide a wide range of affordable dental services for patients with special needs ranging from exams and cleanings to root canals and dental implants. Both clinics are equipped with motorized wheelchair lifts to help make dental care more comfortable and accessible for patients.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to create a dental home for those patients with special needs throughout the Valley,” said Maureen Romer, D.D.S., M.P.A., director of Special Care Dentistry at ASDOH. “We look forward to continuing to provide compassionate care to this vastly underserved population at both of our clinics.”
According to ASDOH Dean Jack Dillenberg, D.D.S., M.P.H., the two ASDOH clinics are now the largest providers of special care dentistry in the Southwest. “Families of patients with special needs experience added financial and emotional stress due to the costs and additional challenges accompanying healthcare visits,” said Dr. Dillenberg. “Thanks to Thunderbirds Charities, ATSU is able to expand its reach from the East Valley to the West Valley and continue to help patients and their families.”
ASDOH is aware that recent changes in the state budget affected some special care patients who had previously received subsidized dental care. For those whose benefits may have been eliminated, we still offer care at very affordable rates, and we look forward to continuing to serve your dental care needs. If you currently have state coverage for special care dental services, we look forward to helping you to maintain your healthy smile.
To schedule a special care appointment, please call Dental Care West in Glendale at 623.251.4711 or the ASDOH Dental Clinic in Mesa at 602.248.8170.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a "teaching clinic"?
The Dental Clinic is part of the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, one of five schools at A.T. Still University. Your dental care is provided by dental teams led by faculty dentists at the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health. Our faculty dentists teach at the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health and are dental experts. In addition to hygienists and other support staff, teams include student doctors who are preparing for a career in dentistry at the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health. The education our student doctors receive is invaluable and includes hundreds of hours of training and practice on human simulators. Because of our expert faculty and state-of-the-art clinic, students receive a dental education second-to-none anywhere in the U.S. Our student doctors are among the most clinically prepared and advanced dental graduates nationwide. All this makes our patient experience, and range of treatments and services, a model dental education system nationally recognized for its excellence.
Will I be cared for by a "real" dentist?
Yes. Faculty supervisors at the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health dental clinic have a D.D.S., D.M.D. degree or equivalent, the national standard for the practice of dentistry. Student doctors, work under the close supervision of faculty members with care being provided by the student doctor with assistance from staff hygienists, dental assistants and other staff.
Can anyone make an appointment?
Yes. Our dental clinic is public and is open to everyone and anyone who wishes to be a patient.
How do I make an appointment?
We offer several convenient options to make scheduling an appointment simple and easy. You may call the clinic during regular business hours at 480.248.8100. You can also email your appointment request to [email address] or fill out the Make an Appointment form on this site.
What services do you offer?
We offer a full range of dental services including preventive services, cleanings, orthodontics (braces), dental implants, oral surgery and virtually every type of restorative service. We also offer services many private dental facilities may not provide. These include laser dentistry, services for special needs patients, and specialized dental imaging. You can learn more about all the services offered by the clinic in our Services Section
Do you take my insurance plan?
Our insurance coordinator will assist you in completing your insurance claim so you get reimbursed for dental services directly from your insurance carrier. The Clinic does not currently accept assignment of insurance benefits for any of the dental insurance plans offered in the area. However, we are working with carriers to become network providers so that we will be able to accept insurance assignments in the near future.
How often should I see a dentist?
The frequency of your dental visits depends on your dental needs and will be determined by your dentist. Regular dental visits are vital to your oral health and help you maintain a healthy smile.
What should I expect at my first appointment?
Your first visit to our clinic will probably be an initial screening appointment to assess what treatment you need. The initial screening examination allows us to discover and document your oral health status, and in subsequent appointments, tailor your care to your specific needs. We also begin a file to track your needs and treatments.
How much are your fees?
Because we are university-affiliated, our fees are very reasonable. Everyone is welcome at our clinics, and there are no income qualifications necessary to take advantage of our services.
Can you help special needs patients?
Proper dental care is everyone's right. Our Special Needs Unit, the only such facility in Arizona, provides dental care to special needs patients and their families. Our dental teams are trained, equipped, and capable of providing dental services to the special needs or disabled patient. In addition, our clinic can manage referrals from private practice-based dentists in the Phoenix metro area.
I take care of a special needs individual. What dental care options do you offer?
Proper dental care is everyone's right. Our Special Needs Clinic, the only such facility in Arizona, provides dental care to special needs patients and their families. Our dental teams are trained, equipped, and capable of providing dental services to the special needs or disabled patient. In addition, our clinic can manage referrals from private practice-based dentists in the Phoenix metro area.
Approximately 300,000 visitors stay in Arizona during the winter months. Splitting time between homes makes continuous dental care difficult and The Dental Clinic is ready to help you maintain your beautiful smile while you are staying in our neighborhood.
If the Phoenix area is your "home away from home," let us be your "dentist away from your dentist." Please call 480.248.8100 to make an appointment for an initial screening evaluation or if you have a specific dental emergency we can manage these needs on a first come first serve basis any day the clinic is open.
East Valley Clinic
5855 E. Still Circle
Mesa, AZ 85206
For general inquiries, please contact us The East Valley Clinic is located adjacent to A.T. Still University's Mesa Campus at at the northeast corner of Baseline and Recker Roads, just south of US 60 between the Higley Road and Power Road exits.
Dental Care West
20325 North 51st Avenue, Unit 156
Glendale, AZ 85308 623.251.4700 For general inquiries, please contact us
Our Student Dentists
As a teaching clinic, student dentists are the heart of our clinic at the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, Arizona's first and only dental school. Our student dentists work with supervising faculty to learn all the skills necessary before they treat patients. Students study for 3 years before they ever work on a human patient. Student training involves hundreds of hours of patient observation and practice on human simulators - complete with realistic teeth, gums, tongue, and jaws.
Students train for four years to become dentists. The first two years, students focus on health sciences, clerkships in general dentistry, and dental simulation exercises. In the third and fourth years, they participate in the on-campus clinic and practice in community-based health centers. Our dental degree program strongly emphasizes patient care experiences through simulation, integration of biomedical and clinical sciences, and problem-solving scenarios to achieve clinical experience and includes a strong component of public health, leadership, and practice.
The student dentist who will care for you has been carefully trained and screened. Your student dentist has been carefully supervised and has practiced her/his dental skills and techniques literally hundreds of hours in simulation laboratories.
Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health
The Dental Clinic is part of the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, located on the campus of A.T. Still University off Baseline Road in Mesa. The Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health has been educating dentists and serving Arizona's oral healthcare needs since 2003. The School and Clinic use an educational model that matches an exceptional team of motivated, experienced faculty with students in pre-clinical and clinical phases of their training.
More than 75 faculty members and nationally recognized experts teach in their respective areas of expertise working very closely with students.
Our innovative dental education program is a four-year curriculum. In the first two years, students focus on health sciences, clerkships in general dentistry, and dental simulation exercises. In the third and fourth years, students provide care under direct supervision at the on-campus clinic and practice in community-based health centers. The school places special emphasis on patient care experiences through simulation, integration of biomedical and clinical sciences, and problem-solving scenarios to achieve clinical experience and includes a strong component of public health, leadership, and practice.
In addition to oral health issues and dentistry skills, students are encouraged to be caring, community-minded healthcare providers. Graduates are expected to become leaders in their communities and managers of public, not-for-profit, and private sector oral health organizations.
Visit the website at: www.atsu.edu/asdoh