As the COVID-19 curve flattens and the number of cases around Victoria decreases, dental surgeries have been allowed to move back to Level 2 restrictions. So what exactly does this mean for you?
Most dental procedures are once again allowed. The main defining factor is whether aerosol (or water spray) can be eliminated. This means that if water is involved, we have to make sure it doesn’t mix with patient’s saliva. This is achieved by using a Rubber Dam – a thin rubber sheet that sits over the mouth, only leaving the tooth that the dentist is working on exposed. So which procedures can we carry out?
- Exams and any type of consultations
- Cleaning/scaling with hand instruments only (meaning no water/ultrasonic scaler or polish)
- Root canals
- Most Invisalign procedures and reviews
- Simple extractions
- Treatment of soft tissue lesions (swellings, ulcers, lumps etc.)
- TMJ (jaw joint) treatment
- Splints, retainers and other appliances manufactured by dental labs
We are still only able to see low-risk patients, who are unlikely to be COVID-19 carriers. Treatment will have to be deferred for at least 2 weeks if you:
- Have been exposed to anyone with COVID-19
- Have been unwell with any cold-like or gastro-related symptoms
We ask all patients coming in for appointments to do the following:
- Brush your teeth prior to coming in
- Come in by yourself or with maximum 1 accompanying person
- Maintain social distancing once inside. If the reception area is busy to wait outside of the clinic or in the car to be called in
- Use provided hand sanitising gel on arrival
- Use provided mouthwash at the start of appointment
- Use contactless payment at the end of appointment if possible
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call on 9531 6387, send us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org or jump online to book your next appointment. Once again EDG would like to thank our community for understanding and patience, and we hope to see you all back at the clinic soon!