General Anesthesia

Using Cell Phone for Tooth Pictures

Using Cell Phone for Tooth Pictures 150 150 Kids Dentistry Barrie

…with your cell phone

You would be surprised how often we get emails from patients asking about this or that. Inevitably we ask them to send in a picture of what they see and inevitably those pictures are blurry.

Cell phones take great intra-oral (tooth) pictures — they have a very small sensor and hence a small aperture to create a deep depth of field (everything stays in focus) and they have the flash very close to the lens. You don’t need an expensive macro photograph rig, but you do need to set up your phone properly.

Open up you camera app.

  • FLASH ON | Whether Android or Apple, make sure to turn FLASH ON (not just AUTO FLASH, it has to be on so that it fires with every shot not just when the phone thinks it’s dark).
  • USE TIMER | Set a timer for 2-3 seconds. This lets you press the shutter button while still having 2-3 seconds to make sure the phone is aimed at your target and stead, and to retract lips or cheeks if need be.
  • ZOOM 4X | Then use you fingers to pinch zoom out to 4X zoom. This should make it so that to get a picture from one corner of the smile to the other your phone will be some 6-8 inches away from the smile.

Press the shutter button to start the timer. Make sure the phone is steady and that you are pulling away cheeks/tongue/etc so that the subject of your shot is visible.

Office Policies

Office Policies 1920 883 Kids Dentistry Barrie

Appointment Policy

Please let us to get to know your child so we can tailor care to their needs. Arrive 15 minutes early for all new patient appointments so that you can complete a medical history form and provide other information.

If you are late, there may not be enough time left in your appointment to complete a comprehensive exam and give your child the attention they deserve. In such cases, we may need to reschedule your appointment.

Please understand that a missed appointment is time wasted. It is time that could have been used by another child in need of care. If cancellation is unavoidable, please call right away.  We ask for at least 48 hours in advance to reschedule. An administrative fee may be charged otherwise.

A parent or guardian MUST accompany the child for their first appointment so that an informed treatment plan can be formulated. After the initial visit, someone other than the guardian may accompany your child to the appointments, but it is critical that a guardian be present for the first visit.  Only the guardian can legally consent to have an exam performed.

Financial Policy

We try to keep our office efficient and keep you informed about your financial obligations without surprises. We accept VISA, Master Card, Debit, and cash as payment. Payment in full is required at the time of service, and we will gladly file your insurance claim electronically to your insurer for direct reimbursement to you.   This process ensures prompt reimbursement directly to you.

We have no control over your insurance plan, their contract with you, or how benefits are determined. We can however file a predetermination of benefits with your insurer once a treatment plan is made so that you can be confident in what your dental benefits will cover.

If we run behind schedule…..

Children are unpredictable. Despite our best efforts, on occasion your scheduled appointment may be delayed. If this happens, it is usually because we have had to accommodate an emergency patient or an injured child. Please accept our apology and consider that we would make the same accommodation for your child if they had an emergency. We appreciate your understanding in these situations, and please understand that we make every effort possible to respect your time.

Privacy Policy

We respect your privacy and abide by the Ontario Personal Health Information Protection Act. If you have any questions about how we manage your personal information, or any questions about our standard protocols, do not hesitate to speak with the reception staff or doctor.

Dentistry Asleep at our Surgical Suite

Dentistry Asleep at our Surgical Suite 1920 872 Kids Dentistry Barrie

Surgi Centre

When extensive treatment is required or when a child has had a bad dental experience in the past, it is often best to have dental treatment completed under a general anesthetic (asleep).

There are benefits to having dental treatment done while asleep.

  • Less stress on the child and prevents dental anxiety
  • Complicated treatment can be completed quickly and with a high degree of quality
  • Saves time off work / school because treatment finished in one visit


Our in-office Surgi-Centre has a 20+ year safety record.  It allows us to offer a prompt and convenient method to deliver quality dental care.  Both Dr. Goralski and Dr. Morley are also on-staff with the Dept. of Surgery at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie, and Stevenson Memorial Hospital in Alliston.  They frequently provide treatment under anesthesia at these two hospitals.

Whether in-hospital or at our Surgi-Centre, there is a separate medical doctor to provide anesthesia and a surgeon – in this case the Pediatric Dentist –  to provide the dental treatment.  This is the medical model used in hospitals to provide treatment under general anesthesia.  You have two doctors taking care of your child during the procedure.

Because the anesthetic is provided by a medical doctor – a medical anesthesiologist – our Surgi-Centre is accredited by both the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario – the dental licensing body in Ontario – and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario – the medical licensing body in Ontario.  The same standard of care is maintained whether we are treating patient in the hospital operating rooms, or at our Surgi-Centre.

Going to Sleep & Waking

Whether in-hospital or at the Surgi-Centre, kids go to asleep by breathing anesthetic gases and no needles are used to have them asleep. Once asleep, they are intubated and intravenous fluids are provided. The procedure typically lasts 60-120 minutes. Typical recovery before being discharged home is 1-2 hours. This is strictly an outpatient procedure and most kids are back to their usual active selves by the following day.

Considerations & Experience

As with all things in healthcare, there are advantages and disadvantages to dental treatment under general anesthetic. We encourage you to speak with one of the Pediatric Dentists at our office to have a more detailed discussion on the pros and cons of various treatment options. Because they have specific training in the full spectrum of management options for children – from behavior management, to sedation, to general anesthesia – they are well equipped to discuss all your options.

Surgi Suite Negative Pressure HEPA Filtration

We took the opportunity presented by the spring COVID shutdown to improve our facilites and better accommodate safe dental care during the pandemic. A central HEPA filtration system was installed in our Surgi Suite that removes and filters all the room air in the suite at over 35 times per hour. This system effectively creates a negative pressure isolation room, where air is removed from the room taking with it any potential aerosols and droplets.

This is similar to what is done in hospitals to contain the potential spread of airborne diseases. We have done this to protect patients and staff during these difficult times.

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