The whole world continues to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in almost every aspect of people’s lives. Unfortunately, dental care is one of the essential health services that has been put to a standstill because of COVID-19. However, people still need dental care during this time, and providing dental services during this time might be challenging, especially for our dental practitioners.
But there will be cases when people need to see a dentist, so how can we ensure our safety when receiving dental care? What are the preventive measures we need to do to protect ourselves, and the dentists, too, against the virus? Read on the find out.
Visiting your dentist: Is it allowed?
Receiving dental care that is not considered urgent are not advised to help stop the spread of the virus. Your dentist can determine whether you can postpone your visit, depending on the type of care you would be needing.
As a rule, the following procedures are not considered as emergencies and patients are advised to wait until it is safe to see their dentist:
People who are planning to get any of the treatments mentioned above will not be given service. Going to the dentist for any of the given treatments is considered non-essential. Everyone is asked to stay at home to lessen one’s chances of being infected. However, your dentist can provide a detailed care plan that you can do at home if necessary.
Urgent Dental Service
If you require urgent dental care, then it is best to call your dentist in advance. Your dentist will then assess what your next steps would be.
The following cases are considered an emergency and would need to be treated immediately:
Before your treatment, your dentist will also have to assess if you have any symptoms related to COVID-19 via telephone. That is why it is a must to call your dentist first.
Patients who arrive at the dental clinic without a prior appointment might be asked to leave, depending on their current condition. If a patient is suspected to have COVID-19 or is already in isolation due to the virus and would need emergency dental care, dental treatment might be postponed until the patient is well or strict precautionary measures will be in place during the procedure.
We at Dentist North Brisbane has resumed servicing our patients. However, as part of preventive measures against the transmission of the coronavirus, we strongly advise our patients to call us before receiving any treatment for us to properly assess your condition.
Let us all do our part in protecting each other from the threat of COVID-19. Dentist North Brisbane is one with our government in providing safe and appropriate dental services for our patients.