- What are the differences among clinics at the School?
- Does the School offer free care or sliding-scale fees?
- What is the Community Dental Plan?
- How do I pay for my dental care?
- Is child care provided?
- Where do I park?
- What if I can’t keep an appointment?
- Can I be treated by a member of the faculty?
- Can I receive specialty care?
- How do I become a patient in the dental student clinics?
- What languages does the School provide interpreters for at no cost?
What are the differences among clinics at the School?
|Type of clinic||Student clinic*||Graduate specialty clinic||UW Dentists faculty practice|
|How care is delivered||By students working toward their DDS degree, under close faculty supervision||By dentists studying an advanced specialty, under faculty supervision||By faculty members, much as it would be in a private dental office|
|Time needed for care||Generally about two to three times longer than in a private dental office||Varies by procedure; generally, somewhat longer than in a private dental office, but not as long as in student clinic||Same as in a private dental office|
|Fees||About 40 percent less than the Seattle-area average; Medicaid-eligible patients pay even lower fees in our Community Dental Plan||Generally about 20 to 25 percent less than the Seattle-area average||Comparable to the Seattle-area average for practicing private dentists|
|*Patients for our dental student clinics are selected based on an initial exam that determines whether students can successfully manage their care.|
Does the School offer free care or sliding-scale fees?
Unfortunately, the School cannot offer free or sliding-scale care. Payment is due at the time of treatment, and our clinics accept several dental insurance plans. Our Center for Pediatric Dentistry also accepts children’s Medicaid, and urgent or emergency care (if you have significant pain and/or infection or swelling) is currently covered by Medicaid for adults.
Our dental student clinics offer care at fees about 40 percent lower, on average, than fees at Seattle-area dental offices. In addition, we offer a UW Community Dental Plan with even lower fees for Medicaid-eligible adult patients. Call our Patient Registration Office at 206.616.6996 if you have any questions.
What is the Community Dental Plan?
The UW Community Dental Plan is a group of our most common dental procedures offered at specially discounted fees to all Medicaid-eligible adult patients. A current Washington state DSHS Provider One card is proof of eligibility, and it must be presented at each visit.
These fees are discounted as much as 70 to 80 percent from the customary fees charged in Seattle-area private dental practices. Some examples
|Procedure||Community Dental Plan||Seattle average|
|Exam, limited problem||$18.40||$73|
|Intraoral X-rays, complete series||$32.40||$132|
|Amalgam filling, one surface||$33.16||$157|
|Root canal, anterior tooth||$234.63||$703|
|Complete lower denture||$390.23||$1,589|
The special discounts may not apply to all clinical dental services. For information about the Community Dental Plan and how to become a patient, call 206.616.6996.
How do I pay for my dental care?
Patients are required to pay for their treatment at each appointment. We accept cash, check, debit or credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, or Discover) and offer the Citi Health Card as a payment option.
The Citi Health Card offers no-interest payment plans, low monthly payments and an easy application process that allows for treatment to begin immediately upon credit approval. Applications for the Citi Health Card can be done in our offices or at home. To apply by phone, call 1.866.843.2330. To apply online, go to www.citibank.com/us/cards/cardserv/healthcrd/.
Our Patient Financial Office in room B-232 will assist in answering questions and preparing claims for those patients with dental insurance or Medicaid options. For information, please call 206.543.5297.
Is child care provided?
The School of Dentistry cannot provide child care services for patients while they are receiving care. Children cannot be left unattended in the reception areas. Also, children are not allowed in any clinic treatment area if they are not the patient receiving care.
*PLEASE NOTE: Pets are not allowed in the building, except for service animals.
Where do I park?
Paid parking is available in the UW’s S-1 parking area on the south side of the Health Sciences Center and in the underground Triangle Parking Garage on Pacific Street. We cannot validate parking stubs. Patients are encouraged to use King County Metro bus service to the Health Sciences Center, which is served by multiple lines from all parts of the greater Seattle area.
What if I can’t keep an appointment?
Because students need to deliver patient care to graduate, it is particularly important that you keep your appointments as scheduled. If you need to change your appointment in an emergency, please call your assigned dental provider or clinic patient care coordinator at the number on your appointment card as soon as possible. This will allow us to give another patient your appointment time.
There may be a charge for missed appointments and appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours’ notice.
Can I be treated by a member of the faculty?
Yes. If you wish to receive care from one of our faculty dentists, dental care is provided in our UW Dentists faculty practice clinics. The fees are similar to those of dentists in the Seattle community.
Can I receive specialty care?
Yes; we offer a complete range of specialized dental care. However, each department has individual requirements regarding acceptance for care. In some cases you may need X-rays and a referral from the dentist who initially treated or examined you. For additional information, please contact the department directly:
|Specialty Clinic||Typical Services||Phone Number|
|Advanced General Dentistry||Comprehensive Care/Medically Complex||206.543.1511|
|Oral Medicine||Facial and joint pain/TMJ||206.685.2937|
|Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery||Extractions, implants, tumor surgery, bone grafting, TMJ surgery, facial reconstruction||206.543.5860|
|Orthodontics||Braces/ Straightening teeth||206.543.5787|
|Pediatric Dentistry||Children’s dentistry||206.543.3525|
|Periodontics||Gum treatment, implants||206.543.5797|
|Prosthodontics||Full and partial dentures, implant restoration, bridgework||206.543.5991|
|DPHS/Dental Fears Research Clinic||Dental phobias||206.685.2453|
How do I become a patient in the dental student clinics?
New patient appointments for initial comprehensive examinations are made by calling Patient Registration/Information at 206.616.6996. Appointments are made throughout the year based on the need for new patients. *Please note: This initial exam is necessary to determine whether our students can manage the patient’s care successfully. Patients who do not qualify may still have the option of obtaining care at one of our graduate specialty clinics or our UW Dentists faculty practice. Read more about the dental student clinics.
What languages does the School provide interpreters for at no cost?