The COVID-19 pandemic has put the world on hold. People have been forced to put many things on hold, like going to the movies, hitting the pub at night, or going for the next Himalayan trek. Unfortunately, one of the things that cannot be put on hold is a dental emergency. Dental emergencies like bleeding gums, knocked out teeth, mouth sores, or bleeding gums can be really painful to deal with, and you need to visit your dentist as soon as possible to have it looked at.
We know it can be scary to even think about visiting your dentist during the pandemic. Coronavirus is highly contagious, and it spreads through mouth and nose droplets. Plus, transmission can happen even if the infected person shows no symptoms. When you visit your dentist, they will be close to your face during the dental procedure, making the prospect of visiting the dentist scarier. But, there are ways you can safeguard yourself when visiting the dentist. Let’s begin.
Ensure the Dental Clinic is Safe
The first and foremost thing you must do is ensure that the dental clinic you’re visiting is safe. Good, responsible dentists around Canada are taking extreme precautions to ensure hygienic safety in their clinic. Here’s how you can verify that.
1) They Take a Telephonic Interview
When you call your dentist’s clinic, they should ask you many questions about your general health. If they take a telephonic interview, they are screening every person who contacts them even before visiting the clinic. The ones that seem fit on the phone will be given an appointment, and the ones that hint at symptoms of COVID-19 will be asked to produce COVID-19 test results before visiting.
2) They Screen Their Patients at the Entrance
Similarly, when you enter the clinic, ensure that they screen you. The most common form of screening is where the receptionist staff uses a thermometer gun to check your body temperature. Some clinics even check your blood oxygen levels to check for any symptoms of COVID-19. It is not a full-proof screening method, but it does significantly reduce the chances of transmission.
3) They Have Safety Measures Within the Clinic
A responsible dental clinic will ask you to take an appointment before visiting. This is so that they can ensure you don’t come in contact with another one of their patients, minimizing the chance of transmission. So, when you enter, ensure that they don’t have other patients in the waiting area. If they have patients waiting there, discuss with the receptionist and see if you can book another appointment when there’s no one else at the clinic except the dentist and their staff.
4) The Dentists Use Full PPE Gear
You may have seen your dentist wear masks before, but now, they must be wearing a full personal protection equipment (PPE) kit at all times. You won’t have the luxury of wearing a mask when they are tending to your dental emergency, so it is their responsibility to be as safe as possible. Ensure they are wearing a PPE gown, mask, face shield or eye protection, and gloves at all times. Additionally, you should also see that they are using replaceable covers on the equipment and chairs, and sanitizing every equipment before use.
Now you know what to check for when you book an appointment and visit your dentist, but that does not guarantee full safety. You must also safeguard yourself as much as you can, and here’s how you can do that.
1) Be Honest With Your Dentist
During the telephonic conversation with the dental clinic, they will ask you various questions regarding your general health. You must be honest in answering the questions. If you notice any symptoms in yourself, let them know. Also, do not omit any details of your recent travels, especially if you know you have come in contact with an infected person. This will safeguard you, but more importantly, protect your dentist, too. After all, dentists are more susceptible to the coronavirus as they meet many patients during the day.
2) Adhere to Appointment Timings
We mentioned the importance of appointments the dental clinics take during COVID-19, but you must ensure that you are on time when you visit your dentist. If you come early or late, you may come in contact with another patient of your dentist, which may not be safe either for you or them. So, it’s best to be on time with your appointments.
3) Follow the Common Safety Measures
You may already be tired of hearing about the importance of wearing face masks and using hand sanitizer, but they are still your most effective protection against COVID-19 when you step out of the house. So, wear a face mask that is multi-ply, and use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 70% alcohol content. Additionally, avoid wearing accessories like a wristwatch, jewellery, earbuds, etc. Avoid paying in cash instead of using net-banking.
4) Avoid Using the Restrooms
When at the dental clinic, do not use the restroom. You don’t know how many other patients have used it before you, and when it was last cleaned during the day. Plus, restrooms are hotspots of infections, especially if they are located within a clinic. If it is an emergency (we don’t blame you!), do clean any surface before you touch them, and sanitize your hands afterwards.
Schedule an Appointment Now
If you or your family member face any kind of dental emergency, don’t let the fear of coronavirus stop you from getting the help you need. It doesn’t take dental emergencies long to worsen.
To visit the safest dental clinic in Edmonton during COVID-19, book an appointment with 67th Street Dental now. We take the utmost precaution to ensure your protection from the coronavirus. We are available at all times of the day to treat your dental emergencies, and COVID-19 does not hamper our commitment to provide the best dental care in Edmonton.