As advised by the Australian Dental Association (ADA), and the Victorian State Government health authorities, we are implementing stage 4 lockdown dental restrictions. This guidance outlines that dentists should only perform dental treatments that do not generate aerosols, or where treatment generating aerosols are limited.
Effectively we have transitioned to the management of emergency patients. All routine examinations and procedures are suspended until further notice.
We will continue with our usual high standard of infection control with the addition of protocols to reduce risks to offer safe emergency care to our patients and our local Oakleigh community.
Our dental services during the COVID-19 February sage 4 lockdown are limited to:
Procedures and surgical treatment undertaken by dentists in the management of:
- patients with obvious facial swelling due to infection i.e. vestibular swelling (no trismus), facial swelling (with trismus); or
- facial trauma; or
- severe unrelenting pain.
We are available by phone.
We will provide over the phone service to give advice and assistance with dental issues.
We are available for virtual dental appointments (Tele-Consultations) via Zoom online conferencing.
You can make a virtual dental appointment during the coronavirus pandemic using Zoom Video Conferencing. Dr Ron Patel is offering services to his patients and anyone in need.
We also hope to support our ongoing orthodontic patients in this manner.
Why have the ADA suggested that Melbourne dentists only treat emergencies?
Primarily, maintaining the provision of emergency and urgent dental care will allow us to continue to provide high-quality care for our patients. In turn, this alleviates the burden that dental emergencies would place on hospital emergency departments.
Treatments should include management of conditions that are likely to require emergency care if left untreated. It is vital that if you are unsure about this that you call us to consult what sort of conditions may be considered an emergency.
The key focus is on reducing aerosol-generating procedures, which may play a role in the spread of the virus. Reducing patient treatment also acts as a social distancing measure to further minimise the spread of COVID-19.
Like yourselves, we have all been surprised by how quickly this situation has escalated. We apologise for any inconvenience that may have been caused.
As health professionals, we take our role very importantly and fully support the advice of the Government and the ADA. The health of our patients and staff is of paramount importance to us.
We look forward to the future where we all smiling again.