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tazey

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The thing that concerns me about the COVID screening procedures in healthcare offices or other businesses is that someone could be an asymptomatic carrier and not show any symptoms such as fever, so doing a temperature check doesn't seem like it would make a difference in terms of safety.

Also, would dentists absolutely refuse to treat a patient who wasn't wearing a mask or who removed theirs before going into the treatment room? Where I live here in the States, there are a lot of people who are stubbornly refusing to wear masks or are wearing them improperly and the COVID cases are skyrocketing. Makes me pretty nervous about going to the dentist. I really need to have my wisdom teeth out, but my family doctor/GP is advising to hold off on going anywhere because the COVID situation here is so bad.😬
I think if you can wait a while then it's prob for the best,I'm half way through treatment (not wisdom teeth) and no idea when I'll be finished. Stubborn people are everywhere unfortunatly.
 
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SallyUK

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The thing that concerns me about the COVID screening procedures in healthcare offices or other businesses is that someone could be an asymptomatic carrier and not show any symptoms such as fever, so doing a temperature check doesn't seem like it would make a difference in terms of safety.

Also, would dentists absolutely refuse to treat a patient who wasn't wearing a mask or who removed theirs before going into the treatment room? Where I live here in the States, there are a lot of people who are stubbornly refusing to wear masks or are wearing them improperly and the COVID cases are skyrocketing. Makes me pretty nervous about going to the dentist. I really need to have my wisdom teeth out, but my family doctor/GP is advising to hold off on going anywhere because the COVID situation here is so bad.😬

Hi Susanne - totally understand your assessment of your situation, if your treatment is not urgent, then wait until the situation changes to one that is safer.

Important to say that our decisions on what we are comfortable with at the moment will all be different.

Right now, the COVID cases in my community are v low. I do not go into crowded places and keep my distance, so I feel the risks I take are as small as they could be. The dentist obviously has to treat without a mask on the patient and yes, of course they could be asymptomatic, as could the dentist...........they had shields on, so hopefully this mitigates transmission. All the other procedures mitigate as much risk as possible of transmitting the virus by either the patient bringing it in on items etc or the dentists passing it on from another person. The room is effectively as sterile as it can be and all humans wearing protective gear......... I have every confidence it was safer than my supermarket.

If you need to go, then go - if not, stay home :)
 
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Thephilsblogbar

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My dental appointment last week and pre-book apppointment, screening questions on phone

Day before my dental appointment 24 hours phone call going through questions again

Had to wear a mask in dental practice, use the soap, could take my mask off in the dental room, I held on to my glasses, the dentist and her assistant know I worry a lot, and I asked whether it was okay to pass the tissue back to the assitant

I wore the usually googles/glasses, dentist wore PPE, was given a full hand scale, dental could repair a bit of my filling which I chipped I was unware I done this, but this is a root canal tooth. was allowed a rinse with whatever the practice uses , a polish was allowed

I went private this time. but had to use my bank card chip and pin, prescription for my toothpaste was given to me
 
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Just to offer another experience, I went today to get impressions for a replacement mouthguard after chomping through mine during lockdown. My dentist called me last week and scheduled the appointment for today. I am an NHS patient in a mixed surgery. I think they are prioritising NHS patients and not doing private or cosmetic work just now.

This morning I had a text at 8am asking me not to come if I had Covid symptoms.

At 9.30 reception rang me and went through a list of questions, and told me how things would run at the surgery.

I had my temperature taken on arrival, wore a mask, and had to use hand sanitiser. My dentist was in her normal scrubs, an apron, mask, and visor. Her long hair was in a complicated arrangement up on her head, where it usually is just in a regular pony-tail, I assume for infection control. She did a kind of “off the record checkup” because I had said on the phone I was concerned I had missed mine in April. All fine, although she couldn’t use the scoosher thing.

Impressions as normal, but I wasn’t allowed to rinse my mouth afterwards. She dabbed me down and cleaned me up with a tissue - the impressions gunk was purple!

I had to then put my mask back on, and use sanitiser again. The surgery doors were locked and a nurse let me in and out.

I have to go back next week for a fit appointment.

The dentist told me they were routinely doing extractions, impressions/dentures, and simple repairs like temporary fillings. They are seeing patients face to face with pain, but are still referring some to the hub. (She did say she was being fit-tested for the special mask next week, so perhaps they will be able to do more treatments after that?)

What was a bit of a pain was the receptionist asked me to wait in my car, ring the surgery, and leave my bag/coat in the car. I actually don’t have a car. My friend ran me there today and waited for me, but next week I will go in a taxi or on the bus. It was lashing rain today so I wouldn’t have been able to have no jacket/umbrella, and I would have had a bag with me too.

I felt really nervous going - I was scared I would fail the temperature test! - but it was absolutely fine. My friend goes to the same surgery and had to take her daughter in with toothache last week. She said it reminded her on going in out of hours for an emergency slot.
 
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Wow @Judythecat thanks for this.. It is interesting and good to know your dentist is fully
taking all precautions and so careful with things! It would make me feel safe after such an appt knowing they were doing all that. even though it is more of a hassle for both patient and dentist . Hope your fitting appt goes well!
 
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