The past few weeks have been particularly tough for all Victorians as we continue to battle the impact of COVID-19.
Despite a range of measures introduced by the Victorian government, the number of daily new cases has not significantly decreased. For this reason, the Victorian Government has instituted the State of Disaster and moved to Stage 4 restrictions for Melbourne.
There are two fundamental guiding principles for dentists practising during this public health emergency:
Under the new restrictions that will now operate across Victoria, dental services will continue to operate, and people will be allowed to visit the dentist for necessary dental care, including if their dentist is more than 5km away. It is important that patients do not put off or delay going to the dentist if they are experiencing dental problems.
As per the advice from the Dental Board of Australia today.
The recommendation for all dental practices in metropolitan Melbourne is that only urgent or immediate dental care should be performed, as long as it can be provided in a clinically safe manner. We recognise that we are practising in an environment where there is increased unknown community transmission of COVID-19.
We do screen our patients and are unable to provide treatment to the following patients:
To help reduce the transmission of COVID 19, we have taken the extra precautions recommended by ADA
In the waiting room :
Wearing a mask is a condition of entry. Upon arrival at the practice reception, alcohol-based hand sanitiser is available for the patient to use and rub their hands for 20 seconds. When entering the surgery, prior to sitting in the dental chair all patients should be asked to undertake a 20-second preprocedural mouth rinse with either hydrogen peroxide or chlorhexidine rinse. After the dental procedure is finished, the patient is asked again to use hand sanitizer.