Becoming a Patient

Interested in seeking treatment in the student clinic? Dial 702-774-2400 to schedule a screening appointment, which will help determine if your needs are a suitable match for our student doctors. Some patients’ dental needs or medical conditions are too complex for our students.

In our comprehensive care clinic, students spend significant time evaluating all aspects of your dental and oral health to offer you various treatment options, most often beginning with a cleaning or deep cleaning. Then, they will follow a specified treatment sequence. Comprehensive care means we take a long-term approach for helping you achieve the best health for your mouth.

If you have an urgent dental need and/or only want one specific concern addressed, you may be a better fit for our Emergency Clinic. Please dial 702-774-2457 to schedule an appointment for our Emergency Clinic.

The screening appointment in our comprehensive care clinic lasts about one hour during which you will be seen by a student dentist who is supervised by a licensed dentist. During this appointment, both dentists will review your current dental concerns and health history, as well as your dental experiences. They may also take x-rays.

What to Bring

To help us provide you with the safest, efficient, and effective care, please bring the following to your screening appointment:

  • State or government issued ID card.
  • Insurance card.
  • Date of last visit to physician.
  • List of current medications.
  • List of current medical illnesses.
  • List of surgeries and hospitalizations (including emergency room) with reason and length of stay for each.
  • Most recent blood work results from physician (e.g. for diabetes - HbA1c; HIV/AIDS - CD4 and viral load, etc.).

After the Screening Appointment

If you are accepted, you will be assigned to a student dentist who will complete your care under the supervision of a licensed dentist.

A comprehensive oral examination will be scheduled, and there will be a charge for x-rays and the exam.

All of our dental appointments are available Monday - Friday beginning at 9 a.m. or 2 p.m. and are approximately three hours in length. We are not open nights or weekends. You should plan to be here one half day every other week for your dental treatments.

If you miss or arrive late for an appointment, the student doctor cannot make up that time. If you must cancel your appointment, we ask that you do so at least 24 hours before the scheduled time so that students may schedule another patient who is waiting to be seen.

Pediatric Patients

Patients younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, or provide documentation of emancipated minor status. Minor children cannot be left unattended in the waiting room, and cannot come into the clinic area unless they have an appointment.

Special Needs

Adult patients with special health care needs may be screened in our Special Care Clinic. Dial 702-774-4516 to schedule an appointment. Those accompanying adult patients who are unable to give consent should bring power of attorney documentation.

Children with special health care needs may be seen by resident dentists in the pediatric dentistry clinic. Dial 702-774-2415 to schedule an appointment.

Dental Clinic on UNLV Maryland Campus

The dental school has a clinic on UNLV’s Maryland Parkway campus and the same qualifications for treatment apply. Dial 702-774-7108 to schedule an initial appointment. If your needs exceed the student dentists’ scope of practice, you will be referred to our General Practice Residency or Faculty Dental Practice on the Shadow Lane Campus, or to a private practitioner for additional care.

Programs Phone Number
Dental Clinic 702-774-2400
Advanced Pediatrics 702-774-2415
Orthodontics 702-774-2690
General Practice Residency 702-671-5175 or 702-671-5176
Faculty Dental Practice 702-774-8000
Dental Clinic on Maryland Parkway Campus 702-774-7108

The UNLV School of Dental Medicine does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status in provision of education or employment opportunities. This policy extends to patient acceptance and patient assignment to student doctors. Registered patients can use the PatientAccess Portal to update their information, verify scheduled appointments, send messages to their dental teams, and more.