After CDC announcement to postponed elective dental treatment most of the dental hospital is closed and providing emergency dental care. After long shutdown of dental clinic all over world now dental clinic are willing to reopen. England has decided to reopen the dental clinic from Monday 8 June with proper safety measure here elective dental procedures were suspended since 25 March.
After the announcement to reopen the dental clinic The British Dental Association (BDA) has welcomed the decision but they mentioned key questions still remain. Currently, any patient with an emergency dental problem is supposed to be referred to an Urgent Dental Care (UDC) hub for treatment.
In a letter to all practices, NHS England’s chief dental officer, Sara Hurley, said: “Today, we are asking that all dental practices commence opening from Monday, 8 June for all face-to-face care, where practices assess that they have the necessary IPC and PPE requirements in place.”
The British Dental Association noted that those dental clinics that are reopening with this announcement should have to manage necessary personal protective equipments (PPE) and proper safety measure.
“It is right to allow practices to decide themselves when they are ready to open. Dentists will be keen to start providing care as soon as is safely possible, but we will need everyone to be patient as practices get up and running,” said British Dental Association chairman Mick Armstrong.
“Dentists can open their doors but won’t be ready to provide a full range of care without the required kit. Long run , practices can only stay afloat with ongoing support, while social distancing continues and therefore the costs of providing care are sky high.”
In England now emergency dental treatment are providing through Urgent Dental Care (UDC) hub. There are more than 550 such hub established to provide emergency treatment with proper safety measure and proper social distancing requirements. British Dental Association has warned previously regarding patient left untreated from UDC due to limited no of PPE.
As many of the dental procedure are elective, after reopening they’ll vary experience on visiting dental clinic/hospital. Before reopening the dental clinic there should be proper management of latest setup for lounge chair should at 2m apart, Installing physical barrier in reception, screening to staff should be done on day to day and for patient there should be proper management of mask, globes and sanitizers.
Right now all over the world if symptoms are serious local dentist are advised to prescribe medication such as painkiller and antibiotics via telephone. But for emergency dental problems such as facial swelling, oral trauma, Abscess etc they should refer to hospital which offer emergency dental care.