If you are worried about going to the dental practice, be reassured that the professional team will be doing everything it can to keep you safe.
Dental practitioners have always taken infection control very seriously, with processes in place to ensure that you were protected during every appointment. In every great practice, infection control protocols have always been so efficient, so seamlessly integrated into operations, that you probably won’t have noticed them, although they were always there.
This is why most patients probably never questioned their safety at the dentist before now. Of course, these are strange times and, after months of lockdown, we’re all looking at anywhere indoors – that isn’t where we live – as somewhere that could make us ill. Six months ago, you would probably have laughed out loud if someone told you that a trip to the supermarket after April could involve a face mask, surgical gloves, a some-in, some-out queuing system, or all of the above.
Routine dentistry was suspended for a period of time, to reduce the transmission risk of Coronavirus, for the safety of patients. Now practices are reopening, patient safety, as well as their ongoing oral health, remains a priority. Due to the highly infectious nature of Coronavirus, practices will be augmenting and enhancing all their existing control infection processes. Things that you can expect to change include how the waiting area looks – so no more old magazines, or children’s toys. Practices will also likely have to reduce the number of patients they see every day, to allow more time for cleaning between appointments. In addition, you might see different types of, or additional PPE worn by the team if you are undergoing certain treatments.
Oral health and wellbeing have never been more important. This is why dental teams want to start providing the oral health care you need again. Delaying treatment could mean more pain, more invasive treatment in the future. Your dental appointment will “look” different, but it will also be safer than it ever was.
For further information please call EndoCare on 020 7199 3464