Routine Dental Treatments
Dental check-ups and treatments involve close contact between the dentist and patient. Drills and other high-speed tools create a lot of ‘spray’ from patients’ mouths so dentists need to use protective clothing and equipment.
COVID-19 has a seven-day period before symptoms show, where someone wouldn’t know they had it and could pass it on to others. If an unsuspecting patient had a filling, the spray from doing that procedure would likely infect the dentist and the nurse.
We now have the personal protective equipment available that dentists wear when using high-speed tools. Without this equipment dentists, hygienists, therapists and nurses are not safe to treat patients as normal.
What if I have a dental emergency?
Assuming you have not got COVID-19 related symptoms, you should call your practice. They will be able to decide what your options are.
If you believe or know you have COVID-19 and have a dental emergency, please phone NHS 111.
How is the practice operating?
The Government and the Chief Dental Officer announced on Thursday 28th May that dental practices can re-open from Monday 8th June if all safety measures and correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) are in place.
We are currently seeing patients for face to face treatment and want to thank our patients for their understanding and patience.
We are seeing as many patients as we can, as safely as we can. Keeping patients safe is one of our up most priorities. Covid-19 questionnaires and temperatures are checked before patient arrival. Staff temperatures are checked every day and we abide by social distancing. Most importantly, you will notice that we will be wearing enhanced PPE within the surgery.
We are pleased to say we have now opened our Hygiene books to full capacity. Due to Covid-19, there are some changes to your routine hygiene appointment. With extra measures required, we have to temporarily increase the length of routine appointments to 30 minutes. A 30-minute session will cost £51 and this arrangement is to ensure you receive the highest standard of care.
We have a list of patients that require face to face dental treatment and our staff are working through this list as quickly as possible.
If you are a patient here and have a dental emergency, please telephone the practice on 01454 613800 to speak to one of our reception team who will advise you.