In the LSUSD predoctoral student clinics, dental students provide the care under
the supervision of LSUSD faculty. Dental care is
not provided free of charge, but fees in student
clinics are significantly reduced from the cost of private
To become a patient at the LSUSD
student clinic, please call
(504) 619-8770 or (504) 619-8700 Monday through Friday (8:00 a.m. to
5:00 p.m.) to schedule a screening appointment. The dental school offers handicap
accessibility and parking.
Patient check-in and
screening area, first floor, Clinic Building
first appointment, you will view a brief
presentation outlining the rules and regulations
for new patients.
Your first appointment then consists of an
oral health assessment which includes an oral
exam and possibly x-rays. An LSUSD faculty member will then
review your patient record to determine if students
are able to provide the oral health care required
and/or if the treatment offers students the
appropriate learning opportunities. Please
remember that because the School of Dentistry's
primary mission is education, you may not be an
appropriate candidate for care at the dental
If you are accepted into the program, the fee
for the initial
appointment is $150.00, which will be applied to
future visits. You can pay the fee by
cash, personal check, VISA or MASTERCARD. No
dental treatment is provided during this
The following information is required on the
- physician's name, phone number and address;
- Social Security number;
- list of any medications the patient is taking.
Patient assignments are based on
dental students' educational requirements.
Students are limited in the number of patients
that they may treat; therefore, it is not always
possible to advise patients how soon treatment
will begin. After assignment, appointments are
scheduled directly with the student dentist.
As faculty members supervise and evaluate the
oral health care provided by the students,
services will take longer than in a private dental
office. However, while actual treatment time may
take longer, fees are significantly less than
those in private practice.
Appointments last three to four hours, and
patients must be available for treatment at least
twice a month.
If this schedule is difficult, patients should
seek care from a community private dentist or with
a faculty member through the LSUSD Faculty Practice.
Patients who fail to keep or make regularly
scheduled appointments will be discontinued from
the program and their treatment will be
Some medical conditions may interfere with the
provision of safe dental treatment and a physician
consult may be required to ensure the patient's
good health prior to dental treatment. If a
patient has a medical condition that requires a
consult from a physician, the patient is
responsible for securing the completed form from
the physician and returning it to the LSUSD
Clinic. No dental treatment
will be allowed until the completed consult form
has been returned.
Dental care is not provided free of
charge. However, as a teaching institution,
LSUSD's fees are substantially reduced from that
of private practice. This courtesy is extended to
patients due to the increased time required for
care. Patients are expected
to pay for services at the time of the
appointment. Any treatment that involves
laboratory costs must be paid in advance of the
procedure. Cash, personal checks, VISA and
MASTERCARD are accepted.
Patients may also apply for credit through
Smart Care provided by Campus Federal Credit
Union. For more information about Smart Care,
please go to
Smart Care brochure
Treatment plans and
associated costs are subject to change.
Private dental insurance is not
accepted in lieu of payment; however, the students
can assist in completing claim forms for the
reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses. For
questions regarding private insurance please call
(504) 941-8116. Medicaid, which covers most dental
care for children under 21 and dentures for
adults, is accepted and the patient will incur no
out-of-pocket expenses if the care is
This service is only
available for LSUHSC School of Dentistry patients of
record. The Dental School does not
have a walk-in emergency clinic and does not
treat individuals who are not LSUSD patients of
All patients of record who have
dental emergencies are treated at the dental
school during normal business hours.
Patients of record who have an emergency outside
of business hours should contact their student
dentist. If that is not possible, the
patient should call the after-hours answering
service at 456-5322.