The Oral Health Clinic is located on the first floor of the Sadlon Centre for Health, Wellness and Sciences at the Barrie Campus in Room M141. Our bright and spacious clinic consists of 42 dental chairs, 10 radiography rooms and three restorative suites, all outfitted with the most current equipment.
Students from the Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene programs offer preventative and therapeutic oral health care to members of the community. All services provided align with professional standards and current infection control practices.
As a client, you will play an integral role in the students’ learning and contribute to their success while receiving your oral health care under the guidance of registered dental hygienists, certified dental assistants and licensed dentists.
Dental Hygiene Clinic
Our Dental Hygiene students provide comprehensive dental hygiene care under the guidance of registered dental hygienists. Because our students require time for instruction and evaluation, each appointment is three hours long and adults will require more than one appointment. The time commitment will vary depending on the individual client and student. For a flat fee of $30 for adults and $15 for children 12 years of age and under, you may receive any of the following services:
- Complete oral assessments and diagnosis
- Prescribed x-rays
- Thorough cleaning, including scaling and polishing of teeth
- Fluoride application
- Oral health education
- Dietary counseling
- Pit and fissure sealants
- Tobacco use cessation
The following services are available for an additional fee:
- Professional whitening – $75
- Custom made sports mouth guards – $15
Dental Assisting Intraoral Clinic
Our Dental Assisting students provide preventative services under the guidance of certified dental assistants and registered dental hygienists to clients 10 years of age and over. Because the students require time for instruction and evaluation, each appointment is four hours long and care is generally completed within one appointment. For a flat fee of $10 you may receive any of the following services:
- Oral hygiene education
- Fluoride application
- Dental sealants
- Custom made sports mouth guards
The following service is offered for an additional fee:
- Professional whitening – $75
Licensed dentists from the community work with our Dental Assisting students to provide basic fillings for a fee ranging from $30 to $75. These appointments are limited and are available only to current clients of our Dental Hygiene Clinic.
Please note: We do not offer emergency care or extensive dental treatment such as extractions, surgery or orthodontics.
Does the oral health clinic offer a full range of dental services?
As we are a teaching clinic, the services we offer support the learning outcomes of our Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting students. Therefore, we offer a full range of dental hygiene services and limited restorative services (very basic fillings only).
Who is eligible to receive care at the clinic?
Our clinic is open to all individuals regardless of income or home address. If you can provide a suitable learning opportunity for one of our students, we welcome you as a client. If your case is too complex for our students due to medical or dental issues, you may be advised to seek care with a more appropriate health care provider. A consultation with your medical care provider may be required.
How can I schedule an appointment for a filling?
In order to be eligible for restorative services, you must be a current client with a Dental Hygiene or Dental Assisting student. Clients are referred to the restorative clinic either through our Dental Hygiene clinic or Dental Assisting intraoral clinic.
What if I require extensive dental treatment?
We are equipped to offer very basic fillings only on a limited basis. If you need more than three fillings, large fillings involving several surfaces of your teeth, extractions, root canal treatment or any other extensive dental care, you will be required to seek treatment outside of our clinic. We can provide you with a copy of any X-rays that we have on file, and information about other programs available in the community to assist you in completing your care.
Does the clinic offer emergency care?
We do not offer any emergency care. If you are experiencing pain or swelling, you are urged to contact a dentist or go to the hospital emergency department.
Is the clinic open year round?
The clinic is open year round with the exception of Study Weeks and two-week breaks between semesters. Clinic hours and services vary each semester depending on the students’ schedules and learning outcomes.
What payment options are accepted in the clinic?
We accept debit, Mastercard, Visa and cash.
Is the clinic wheelchair accessible?
Yes, all the public clinics in the Sadlon Centre for Health, Wellness and Sciences are wheelchair accessible.
Is the clinic a scent-free environment?
The students and staff are committed to a scent-free environment.
Can I come for a cleaning only?
According to the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario standards of practice and Ontario health regulations, comprehensive assessment and appropriate documentation are required, prior to providing any dental hygiene services. All assessments and documentation completed in our clinics are confirmed by Registered Dental Hygienists to ensure compliance with these provincial regulations and professional standards.
What is my commitment as a client?
A significant time commitment is required by each client to allow the students time to develop their clinical skills. Missed appointments and last-minute cancellations affect the success of our students who are trying to meet their learning requirements. Therefore, we ask that you make a commitment of time and patience. 24-hour notice is required for appointment cancellations. Multiple missed appointments may result in termination of care.
What is the time commitment required for an exam and cleaning?
As each student requires time for instruction and evaluation, each dental hygiene appointment is 2.5 to three hours in length and adult clients require more than one appointment to have all care completed. Care is completed in stages and each stage is checked by clinic faculty. This time commitment can vary significantly based on individual client and student needs.
Do you treat children?
Yes, our clinic is open to all ages. Although we do ask that you commit to the three-hour appointments (usually one to two appointments for children up to 12 years of age), we are sensitive to a child’s tolerance for long appointments so may shorten the appointment as required. We make every effort to provide a positive experience.
Can I request to be scheduled with a certain dental hygiene or assistant student?
The main purpose of the teaching clinics is to provide an authentic learning environment for our students. A request can be made for a specific student and accommodation will be allowed if the request follows the guidelines of professional practice.
Who supervises the Dental Hygiene and Assistant students in the clinic?
We have a number of Registered Dental Hygienists and Certified Dental Assistants working as clinical faculty and support staff in our clinic. They ensure that our students develop the clinical skills and professional behaviours required in their future careers through hands-on learning opportunities. Licensed dentists from the community work in the clinic providing the restorative services and dental diagnosis.
Can I claim my oral health clinic receipts for reimbursement through insurance benefits?
Please inform reception if you have dental benefits and a claim form can be completed for submission to your insurance company. If you have benefits for basic dental services, you should receive reimbursement. We recommend that you inquire directly with your insurance company. We are unable to accept direct assignment from insurance companies.
DENTAL HYGIENE CLINIC
Appointment times between Sept. 12 and Dec. 16:
(Excluding Oct. 24-28 )
- Mondays: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Tuesdays: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Wednesdays and Thursdays: No clinics available
- Fridays: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
DENTAL ASSISTING INTRAORAL CLINIC
Appointment times between Sept. 22 and Nov. 3:
(Excluding Oct. 24-28 )
- Thursdays: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Appointment times between Sept. 9 and Nov. 1:
(Excluding Oct 24-28)
- Tuesdays: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Fridays: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m to 4 p.m.
April is Oral Health Month and April 9 – 15 is National Dental Hygiene week!
To support Oral Health for Total Health, the Dental Hygiene students are organizing a 5-kilometre walkathon on Monday, April 11, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. All Dental Assistant and Dental Hygiene students are involved. Watch for them to “put their purple on,” lace up those laces and make some noise to raise community awareness and money!
Currently, the students are seeking pledges for their walk to raise money for a community oral health outreach initiative. To spice things up, the second-year Dental Hygiene students have challenged the Oral Health faculty to raise $2,500.
You can get involved by providing support and making a pledge. Just visit the Oral Health Clinic reception in M Building to make your pledge.