Important message regarding appointments and safety measures.

Visiting the Dentist During COVID

Visiting the Dentist During COVID

COVID-19 has left almost no aspect of our lives unchanged, and that includes our routine orthodontal appointments. In this post, we’ll discuss rules and regulations regarding seeing your Weyburn dentist.

Staying Safe While Preserving Oral Health

Many patients wonder if it’s safe to visit their dentist now that many restrictions were lifted in provinces across Canada, allowing patients to see their dentist again. But you may notice your dental office looks different, and there are protocols to follow to keep staff and patients safe.

While attending orthodontic appointments is key to your oral health as you progress through orthodontic treatment, there are health questions and concerns that come up just in the act of coming in for your appointment. As we are consistently updated about the pandemic, extra precautions are needed to ensure everyone stays safe.

Rules & Regulations Under COVID-19

For your family dentist’s office to stay open, all updated safety rules from provincial regulating bodies and governments must be met. Dentists must adhere to this guidance, along with the most up-to-date information from their province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health when providing care. This includes:

    • Scheduling appointments to allow patients to physically distance. There must also be time allowed for the disinfection of treatment areas between each appointment. Bear in mind that this might mean longer wait times, and that may mean you need to book an appointment further ahead or that there will be less flexibility in your dentist’s daily schedule.
    • Potentially waiting outside. Depending on the office, you may be asked to wait outside or inside your car if possible and call when you arrive. You’ll be notified when it’s appropriate to enter.
    • Socially distanced waiting rooms. You’ll find chairs are spaced 2 metres apart. There will be no magazines, toys or other non-essential items as we try to reduce the number of touchable surfaces.
    • Answering screening questions. Before your appointment, your dentist or their staff will ask you pre-screening questions to learn whether you have any symptoms of COVID-19. You’ll need to answer these questions again when you arrive on the day of your appointment, in addition to having your temperature taken with a touchless thermometer.
    • Using hand sanitizer. When you arrive, you’ll be asked to use a 70 to 90 percent alcohol-based solution, or soap and water, upon entering or leaving the office.
    • Rescheduling appointments for sick patients. If you have any flu-like symptoms (difficulty breathing, cough, fever), or may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please stay home. If you have an upcoming orthodontic appointment, please call your dentist's office to report symptoms, reschedule or inquire about other care options.
    • Wearing a face mask. Except for while you are being treated, you will be asked to wear a face mask or covering while in your orthodontist’s office.
    • Protective gear for office staff and dentists. In addition to surgical face masks, your dentist and their staff will wear correct personal protective equipment (PPE) during in-person appointments.
    • Attending your appointment alone. Plan to attend your appointment alone, as fewer people in the office is always better. Exceptions are made for children and people who require assistance. If the patient needs a parent or caregiver, that person will also be subject to all screening questions/measures.
    • Paying via touchless payment. Plan to use your debit card or credit card to pay any balance owing on your appointment.

Orthodontic Emergencies

Have an orthodontic emergency and unsure what to do? Call your dentist and tell them about your situation; they will be able to give you advice on what steps to take next. If you need to be seen at the office, they will inform you whether they can help you, or direct you to another dentist or orthodontist.

What is an orthodontic emergency?

Orthodontic emergencies can include:

      • Broken orthodontic appliances, or wires poking into your cheek that you are unable to temporarily fix on your own
      • Experiencing intense pain that doesn't respond to over-the-counter pain medication or rinsing with saltwater to reduce inflammation.

In these cases, call our practice as soon as possible and we can get you in as soon as possible. In the meantime, ice the affected area. If part of your orthodontic appliance has broken, try to find it, and bring it along to your appointment.

Do you have questions about safety measures at our office during COVID-19? Contact our Weyburn team today.

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Looking for a dentist in Weyburn or SE Saskatchewan? We're happily accepting new patients at our dental clinic! Contact us to get started today. 

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