Last Updated: March 25, 2020
Gosford Family Dentist is monitoring the rapidly changing situation regarding COVID-19. We are adhering to the Australian Dental Association (ADA) infection control guidelines and level two restriction on dental treatments in a bid to minimise the risk for our patients.
What does this restriction mean?
While there are some restrictions in place, we’re still conducting the following dental services.
Routine dental treatments
We are conducting routine treatments that are deemed clinically necessary for those who do not present with any symptoms of COVID-19. Routine treatments include:
- routine examinations
- preventative treatments such as scale and cleans
- extraction of asymptomatic teeth
- restorative treatment for asymptomatic caries lesions or defective/broken restorations
- aesthetic dental procedures.
Urgent dental treatments
We are conducting urgent treatments for those who do not present with any symptoms of COVID-19. Urgent treatments include:
- dental treatment to manage significant pain, infection or impact on patient health and well-being
- significant dental pain, usually affecting sleep
- localised infection
- significant dental trauma (avulsions or luxations)
- medically necessary dental treatments
- dental conditions that may become a dental emergency in the next four to six months
- extensive cavitated caries lesions that are currently symptomatic.
Emergency dental treatments
We are providing emergency treatments for all patients. Emergency treatments include:
- uncontrolled bleeding
- facial swelling and/or trauma (particularly that which may compromise the airway).
How Gosford Family Dentist is practicing safe infection control
In an effort to protect the health of our patients and to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19, we are:
- calling and screening patients prior to their scheduled appointments and screening patients arriving at the clinic
- rescheduling any patients who are presenting with flu-like symptoms including fever, dry cough, or difficulty breathing
- rescheduling any patients who have been overseas in the past 14 days and those who have come into contact with anyone tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 21 days
- disinfecting common areas including railings, entry doors, reception chairs, and front desk counters throughout the day
- providing hand sanitiser for all patients upon entry to and exit from the clinic
- wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when treating patients. This includes safety glasses, gowns, scrubs, face shields, gloves and a mask appropriate to the treatment.
We reaffirm our commitment to our patients to support those in need of dental treatment to maintain good oral health whilst practicing safe conduct. As the situation evolves, we will keep you informed as information becomes available.
If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to call us on 02 4325 3221, submit an online enquiry, or send an email to email@example.com.