Can a Dentist still operate with Coronavirus?
Unfortunately, there isn't a simple answer. Yes- certain dental procedures are still essential even during a pandemic. Emergency care for those in pain, dental abscesses, severely broken teeth, trauma and a few other select treatments are still available. This will help prevent those with toothaches to overwhelm our already stretched health system.
On the other hand, non-essential treatments such as cosmetic work, cleans, implants and many more are to be postponed not only to stop the spread of community transmission but also to allow necessary masks, gloves and sanitisers to be directed to hospitals that need them the most.
This regulation comes directly from The Dental Board of Australia and the Australian Dental Association. As you can imagine, our scalers and drills produce aerosols that can allow the virus to transmit with ease. Our clinic in Bentleigh East remains open for emergency dental care from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday during this Covid-19 pandemic. Rest assured that we have taken every necessary precaution necessary- you will be asked about your travel history in the last 2 weeks, your exposure to confirmed Covid cases and if you have any cold or flu-like symptoms. When you arrive for your appointment you will be required to sanitise your hands and to have your temperature taken with our no-touch thermometer. The temperature of our dentist and staff are also checked 2-3 times a day. You will be required to rinse for 1 minute using our mouth rinse prior to any treatment. Our teams are also split into team A and team B to further protect our patients and team members.
You can book your appointments online or by calling (03) 9570 7962. We are also providing free teledentistry for those who are unable to come in. Just simply email us or send us a photo at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you shortly.
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