Information you need before we re-open at the beginning of July.
We are pleased to be re-opening our dental practice at the end of June. We have already been booking in the dental emergencies and in July we will start routine dentistry. Like in all industries, we have been working hard to digest the updated guidance from all the regulatory bodies, to ensure that when we return, we are keeping to protocols of best practice.
This information outlines the modifications to our normal procedures that we intend to adopt following the reduction in coronavirus peak infection in the UK. It is not known at this time whether these alterations in procedure will be temporary or a permanent feature. Our view is that the coronavirus will continue to emerge in the population and that to ensure the safety of patients and staff, these measures are likely to be long term.
Historically the dental profession has responded well to other infectious disease such as HIV, Herpes, Hepatitis, CJD, and seasonal Influenza. In each situation, protocols are reviewed, and new measures put in place.
Dental surgeries have been one of the cleanest medical environments that a patient can enter, and cases of clinic acquired infections are negligible, unlike hospitals that battle with hospital acquired infections (HAIs) and MRSA’s and the like.
However, it is the way in which dental procedures produce a spray and mist (called ‘aerosol’) that is the current concern. It is important to protect staff from the aerosol during these procedures, and then essential that the surgery is clean before the following patient is treated.
As a new private dental practice, we are in a good position to implement changes as our procedures are already carried out in a ‘slow’ and ‘safe’ manner. We ensure that plenty of time is given to 1. the preparation of the surgeries, 2. the dental procedures, and 3. the cleaning of the clinic after the treatments. In summary it is in all these three areas that even more time will be needed to adhere to the strictest protocols of Infection Control.
If you have any questions about your dental visit, then please contact the practice. We are all looking forward to getting back to work!