Oral Health

A Dental Assisting student works with a patient in a clinic setting.

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 state-of-the-art clinic consists of:

  • 42 dental chairs
  • 10 radiography rooms
  • three restorative suites

Students from the Dental Assisting, Dental Hygiene and Denturism programs offer preventative and therapeutic oral health care to members of the community. All services 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, registered denturists and licensed dentists.

Dental Hygiene Clinic

Dental Hygiene students provide comprehensive dental hygiene care under the guidance of registered dental hygienists.

Because students require time for instruction and evaluation, each appointment is three hours long and adults will require more than one appointment. Time commitments 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

Note: Our clinic dentist is available to prescribe x-rays and provide a dental diagnosis for our dental hygiene clients during specific clinic times, offering daytime and evening availability. The dentist will not be available for all dental hygiene clinics – this may vary from semester to semester.

Dental Assisting Intraoral Clinic

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 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:

  • assessments
  • oral hygiene education
  • polish
  • fluoride application
  • dental sealants

The following service is offered for an additional fee:

  • professional whitening – $75
  • custom made sports mouth guards – $15

Restorative Clinic

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.

Note: We do not offer emergency care or extensive dental treatment such as extractions, surgery or orthodontics.

Denture Clinic

Denturism students provide a variety of denture services to the community, under the guidance of registered denturists. Because students require time for instruction and evaluation, appointment duration may be longer than those scheduled in traditional settings. Our students are trained specifically in the clinical and laboratory aspects of denturism, allowing us to offer the following:

  • new client assessment – complimentary
  • complete upper denture – $450
  • complete lower denture – $450
  • denture repair – $50 to $75
  • denture reline – $100 to $150
  • partial upper and lower dentures – available Summer 2017 semester

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

As a teaching clinic, the services we offer support the learning outcomes of our Dental Hygiene, Dental Assisting and Denturism students. Therefore, we offer:

  • a full range of dental hygiene services
  • limited restorative services (very basic fillings only)
  • fabrication, repair and reline of full and partial dentures

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.

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.

As each student requires time for instruction and evaluation, each dental hygiene appointment is two-and-a-half 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.

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.

We are equipped to offer very basic fillings only on a limited basis and fabrication, repair and reline of complete and partial dentures.

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.

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.

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.

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.

We have a number of Registered Dental Hygienists, Certified Dental Assistants and Registered Denturists 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.

We accept debit, MasterCard, Visa and cash.

Please inform reception if you have dental benefits and a claim form can be completed for submission to your insurance company.

We recommend that you inquire directly with your insurance company regarding your coverage.

We are unable to accept direct assignment from insurance companies.

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.

Yes, all the public clinics in the Sadlon Centre for Health, Wellness and Sciences are wheelchair accessible.

Students and staff are committed to promoting a scent-free environment.

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.

NOTE: We require a minimum 24-hour notice for appointment cancellations. Two or more missed appointments or short notice cancellations may result in dismissal from the clinic.

Dental Hygiene Clinic

Appointments available through Dec. 15, 2017 (excluding all statutory holidays):

  • Mondays – 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Tuesdays – noon to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Wednesdays and Thursdays – no clinics available
  • Fridays – 8 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.

Denturism Clinic

Appointment availability (excluding all statutory holidays):

  • Mondays – 2 to 5 p.m. (starting Oct. 2 )
  • Tuesdays – no clinic available
  • Wednesdays – 2 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. (starting Oct. 4 )
  • Thursdays – noon to 3 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m.
  • Fridays – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m.

November is Fall Prevention Month

Did you know?

Poor oral health = decreased nutrition = increased frailty = increased risk for falls

In partnership with the Simcoe Muskoka Integrated Fall Strategy, Dental Hygiene students will offer services to seniors at a reduced cost. For a $20 fee, seniors 65 years of age and over can receive the following services:

  • complete oral examinations
  • x-rays
  • teeth scaling and polishing
  • fluoride application
  • denture cleaning
  • dental diagnosis
  • oral health education

You must register with the clinic during November to receive the discount by contacting Client Liaison Brenda Carter at 705.728.1968, ext. 1387.

New or returning Dental Hygiene clients

  • email Brenda Carter, Client Liaison
  • phone 705.728.1968, ext. 1387

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