Dental Hygiene

Our Clinic

About Us

ISU's Dental Hygiene Clinic is operated by the Department of Dental Hygiene at Idaho State University. This clinical setting provides a practical teaching experience for the Bachelor of Science and Master of Science dental hygiene students. The facilities are available for faculty to conduct clinical research, provide quality oral health services, and community outreach for ISU and greater Pocatello communities.

The primary purpose of the Arthur D. Tranmer Dental Hygiene Clinic is to educate dental hygiene students to become competent professionals and to enhance the public's awareness of oral health. Providing patient care allows dental hygiene students the unique opportunity to obtain a variety of experiences to prepare them to serve the public in a variety of experiences to prepare them to serve the public in a variety of settings following graduation.

As part of the educational mission of the department and the clinic, the hours of clinic operation are used for student educational experiences. During these hours, students observe, evaluate, and care for patients under the direct supervision of licensed dental hygienists and dentists.

Our Staff

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H.A. Boswell, RDH, BS

Theresa Christensen, RDH, BS

Laurie Eisenhauer, RDH. BS

Mariah Johnson, BS

Jennifer Jones, RDH, BS

Pam Packer, RDH, BS

Diane Peck, RDH, BS

Lisa Proctor

Eileen Ruth, RDH, BS

Cathy Salisbury, RDH, M. Ed

LuAnn Spain, EFDA

Jessica Spanton, RDH, BS

Susan Stevens, RDH, BS

Locations

ISU Dental Hygiene, Pocatello

999 Martin Luther King Jr. Way

Pocatello, ID 83209

Phone: (208) 282-3282 / Fax: (208) 282-5355

Parking

Patient parking is available in the areas designated clinic patient parking across the street in front of the Administration Building located on 8th Avenue. Parking for disabled individuals is located directly in front of the campus library and adjacent to the clinic. Parking passes can be obtained from the administrative staff at the clinic front desk.

ISU Dental Hygiene, Idaho Falls

1600 S. 25th Ave.

Idaho Falls, ID 83404

Phone: (208) 282-1114

Parking

Patient parking is available. 

Hours of Operation

Fall Semester (September-December)

  • Tuesday and Thursday: 8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.

Spring Semester (January-April)

  • Monday and Thursday: 8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
  • Tuesday: 10:00 - 6:30 P.M.
  • Friday: 8:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

Restorative Services

  • Wednesdays: 1:00 P.M. - 4:30 P.M.

Our Services and Fees

Preventive Dentistry 

Preventive dental services provided for adults and children include:

  • Prophylaxis (Professional Cleaning): You will receieve a thorough cleaning to remove calculus, plaque, and common stains from your teeth followed by flossing and polishing.
  • Periodontal Scaling and Root Planing: Scaling and root planing is a "deep cleaning" used to treat periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is an infection that affects the gum tissues and bone that support the teeth. Untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss. Plaque and tarter deposits are removed through the use of an ultrasonic cleaner.
  • Sealants: A sealant is a material applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where decay occurs most often. Sealants form a barrier that keeps out plaque and food and helps to reduce the risk of tooth decay.
  • Flouride: Flouride is recommended for patients of all ages and helps strengthen teeth and prevents tooth decay.
  • Tooth Whitening: Tooth whitening is sometimes referred to as "bleaching" and is a procedure used to whiten or brighten discolored or stained teeth.
  • Patient Education: Individualized plan fro optimal oral health.

Restorative services

Restorative services for ISU students and employees only available from the 3rd week in October through the end of spring semester. Amalgam (silver) and composite (tooth colored) fillings are available.

Services and Fees

Cost Comparison
Dental Hygiene Services ISU Dental Hygiene Local Dental Offices
Initial Exam $10  
Cleaning
Adult
Children 12 & under
 
$36 - $85
$30
$90
Extensive Cleaning $25 - $33 (per quadrant) $170
Periodontal Maintenance $40 - $45  
Pit & Fissure Sealants / Tooth $15 (per tooth) $44
X-rays, Limited
Bitewings
$18 / set of 4
$14 / set of 2
$51
Full Mouth X-rays
Adult
Children
 
$35
$30
$76
Panoramic X-rays $35 $100
Fluoride Treatment $10 $35
Teeth Whitening
Trays

$45
 

Other services included with the dental hygiene therapy at no additional fee are:

  • Patient education
  • Smoothing & polishing of fillings

Restorative Services and Fees

Those eligible for Restorative Services include ISU students and employees
From the 3rd week in October through the end of spring semester

Amalgam (Silver) Fillings $32 - $55
Composite (Tooth colored) Fillings $40 - $62

 Billing & Payment

Billing

The clinic accepts and bills all dental insurance plans including Medicaid for children less than 21 years of age.

Payment

The clinic accepts cash, check, or credit/debit card as a form of payment. Payment is expected at the time of service.

Collections

Patients with accounts over 90 days without payment will be sent a final demand letter. If payment has not been received within 30 days of the letter, the account will be sent to collections and a 22% collection fee will be added to the account balance.

Patient Resources

Patient Intake Forms

New Patient Form 

Updated Health History Form

HIPPA 

Patient Records Request

All patients will have the ability to review, inspect and/or obtain a copy of the PHI in the Dental Health Record.

Patients may request to review and inspect their Dental Records at any time. A patient does not have the right to immediate access to his or her medical/dental record under the HIPPA Privacy Rule.

Patients may request a paper copy and/or electronic file, of their Dental Record by completing and signing an Authorization to Release Protected Health Information (PHI) Form. All patient requests will be completed within 10 business days.

Testimonials

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Primary Purposes

The primary purposes of the Arthur D. Tranmer Dental Hygiene Clinic is to educate dental hygiene students to become competent professionals and to increase the public's awareness of oral health. Patient care provides dental hygiene students with a variety of experiences to prepare them to serve the public in the future. We believe that quality dental hygiene care is important to the total well-being of every patient treated

The Teaching Environment

Thank you for visiting our dental hygiene clinic online. We hope you will take a few moments to review the following information concerning your experiences as a dental hygiene patient. In making an effort to be here today you are expressing a concern for your health.

We request that each patient complete a comprehensive health history prior to beginning treatment. All dental records are confidential and will be used during the provision of care or for educational purposes. A copy of your records and x-rays can be transferred to your dental office by request of the dentist. All HIPPA regulations are followed at our clinic.

Please understand this clinic is a teaching/learning environment; therefore, increased time will be required for completion of services. At the same time, fees for services are nominal.

The students and faculty will always strive to provide dental hygiene care in a considerate and respectful manner while providing you with the most current standards of care. At your final appointment we would appreciate your comments about the treatment received. A patient questionnaire is available in the reception area.

Patient Treatment Rights

After an assessment has been completed, an explanation of recommended treatment, treatment alternatives, expected outcomes of various treatments, and the risk of no treatment will be explained. Once you understand the information about each procedure, consent for care will be requested. You also have the right to refuse treatment at any time. Prior to initiating your care, costs will be explained. The student will strive to complete all treatment that has been discussed.

When treatment is completed, a referral to your dentist will be made as we cannot legally perform all dental care needed [e.g., diagnostic exam for restorative work (fillings), root canal therapy, periodontal (gum) surgery, etc.]. If at any time during or after treatment you wish complete and current information about your care, please contact the clinic receptionist or your student dental hygienist.

The ISU Dental Hygiene Clinic operates using strict infection control practices as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. These practices are incorporated to protect you, the patient, as well as the student dental hygienist and faculty.

ISU Department of Dental Hygiene Exposure Control Plan (Bloodborne Pathogens Policy)

Download ISU Department of Dental Hygiene Exposure Control Plan (Bloodborne Pathogens Policy)

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