Become a patient
Part A. Information for prospective patients
Thank you for your interest in seeking treatment in the undergraduate teaching clinic at the Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry (College). We provide high quality, comprehensive care for about 50 per cent the cost of a private office. All treatment is provided by College learners of dentistry and dental hygiene, under the supervision of a licensed dentist or registered dental hygienist.
The College is an educational institution. All patient applicants must be deemed suitable for treatment by College learners of dentistry and dental hygiene (i.e., students) for educational purposes. A patient may be dismissed at any point if their treatment is deemed to complex or does not contribute to the educational value of the institution.
Consent and waiver
All accepted patients must sign a consent and waiver form. They must also sign informed consent forms as required for certain treatment.
Patients must pay a non-refundable non-insured registration fee. Treatment costs are approximately half of private dental clinics – i.e., 50 per cent of the fees set out in the Manitoba dental association fee guide. The fees quoted by the College are subject to change, as treatment plans and may change from time to time, in the sole discretion of the College.
The patient must pay all fees on the date treatment is provided. For extensive procedures, one half of the total fee is required at the beginning of the appointment and the remainder payable at the end. Payment by personal cheque or American Express is not accepted.
Patient personal information, including casts, x-rays and photos, are collected by the College for treatment, education and research. Any questions about access and privacy laws may be directed to the university’s access and privacy office, 233 Elizabeth Dafoe library, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2. Telephone: 204-474-8339.
Language of instruction and treatment
The language of instruction at the College is English. Unfortunately, the College is not able to provide interpreters, therefore, patients requiring assistance in English must bring their own interpreter to each appointment.
Treatment and timing
Treatment is provided by College learners of dentistry and dental hygiene, under the supervision of a licensed dentist or registered dental hygienist. The treatment process is slower than in a private practice. It may take several weeks to arrange for your initial appointment if accepted. Each appointment is scheduled for three hours. It may take over a year to complete the agreed upon treatment plan. General dentistry is available between September to April. Service is limited during the summer months. As a patient of the College, you are agreeing to have comprehensive care which may include cleanings, fillings, extractions etc.
Appointment reminder system
The College uses an electronic appointment reminder system (via email, text or telephone) to confirm appointments. Patients must inform the College of any changes in their contact information. Please be on time for your appointments or cancel at least one day in advance.
Safe and secure environment
Patients must comply with all College requirements intended to ensure a safe and secure environment including all policies regarding needle stick injuries and blood borne pathogens. Failure to comply with the College’s rules and requests to ensure a safe and secure environment will result in the appointment being cancelled and potential dismissal as a College patient. Please ensure that you behave in an appropriate manner at all times.
If a patient requires emergency medical care during an appointment, the College will contact 911 for assistance. Any transportation to hospital will be by ambulance. The patient is responsible for ambulance costs.