Patient Bill of Rights / Patient Responsibilities

The Department of Dental Hygiene at Sinclair Community College understand that health information about you is personal. We therefore are committed to and required by law to maintain the privacy of your health information and to provide you with notice of legal duties and privacy practices with respect to your health information.




1.   Patients have the right to be treated with respect, consideration and dignity in a clean and safe environment.


2.   Patients have the right to be ensured confidential handling of patient records concerning race, religion, color, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, and medical/dental health status.


3.   Patients have the right to be given the opportunity to participate in decisions involving their own treatment including continuity and completion of treatment.


4.   Patients have the right to be ensured auditory and visual privacy when evaluations, discussions and decisions regarding care warrant such privacy.


5.   Patients have the right to an explanation of recommended treatment, treatment alternatives, the option to refuse treatment, the risk of no treatment, and expected outcomes of various treatments.


6.   Patients have the right to have their needs and care explained in a language they can understand and that meets the standard of care in the profession.


7.   Patients who refuse treatment have the right to be counseled relative to the consequence of their decision and be told what effect this will have on their oral health.


8.   Patients have the right to share their concerns about the treatment they are receiving and to receive follow up information regarding these concerns.  Patients may share their concerns with faculty, staff or the student dental hygienist.


9.   Patients have the right to advanced knowledge of cost of dental hygiene services rendered.


10. Patients have the right to file a complaint with the Dental Health Sciences Department.




We recognize that to be effective, the effort must be a partnership. The patient and the dental health care team work together for a common goal. Patients are responsible for being considerate of the needs and property of other patients, students, staff, and the College.




Sinclair Dental Hygiene Patient Responsibility / 
Failed Appointment Policy

Sinclair’s dental hygiene students are required to have a patient in their chair at all times during clinic hours. Students are penalized when their patient does not show up for an appointment.   In addition, students have various patient requirements to graduate from our program.   To help our students meet those requirements and meet accreditation standards for patient contact time this policy was implemented. Sinclair’s Dental Hygiene Program offers patients a variety of services for a small fee.  Services may include cleanings, root planing, radiographs (x-rays), fluoride treatment, and oral hygiene instruction among other services.  This is of great benefit to our patients who may pay over $1,000 for such treatment in a private practice setting. Our first priority is to provide quality care for our patients, however, this is a learning facility and students cannot learn if patients do not come for their scheduled appointments.  Our program currently maintains a long waiting list of patients who would like to be seen in our clinic. Due to the fact that this is a learning facility, effective February 10, 2005, a student has no obligation to complete treatment on a patient who is considered as a failed appointment.

Failed appointments:  A patient will be considered as a "failed appointment" if she/he fails to appear for a scheduled appointment, or gives the SCC Dental Hygiene Clinic less than 48 hours notice of the cancellation. If two (2) or more failed appointments occur, we will ask you to seek dental treatment elsewhere and you will not be permitted to schedule an appointment with any student at any time in the future. You may wish to call the Dayton Dental Society at 937 294-2808 for a referral.


Tardiness:  Habitual tardiness will be treated as a “failed appointment”.


Cancellations:  A minimum of 48 hours notice is required for an appointment to be cancelled. Anything less than 48 hours will be considered a “failed appointment”.  In addition, an appointment scheduled on a Monday must be cancelled before 4:00 p.m. on the previous Friday.  Repetitive cancellations will be considered a “failed appointment”. Cancellations can be made by calling the Dental Hygiene Office at 937 512-2548.


Protocol of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Ohio State Dental Board, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is followed.  All equipment is protected with barriers, and items not protected by barriers are disinfected.  All instruments are heat sterilized.  Students and faculty wear face masks, gloves, protective eyewear, and fluid-resistant lab jackets to lessen risk of potential blood-borne pathogens.

No person shall be refused treatment at Sinclair Community College solely because they are potentially infectious with blood-borne diseases.



Important Information about Health Sciences Programs: The Health Sciences (HS) Programs consist of open enrollment courses (general education and division specific) and program specific courses with limited enrollment. The open enrollment courses may be taken prior to entry into the limited enrollment courses. To qualify for entry to limited enrollment courses, please see the program specific information packet located on each HS program's webpage.