COVID-19 DENTAL PROTOCOL

The Provincial Health Authority has announced that dental office restrictions will be reduced as of June 5, 2020 to allow dental offices to provide Phase 2 Emergency and Urgent Dental Treatment contingent on their ability to comply with the reopening protocols outlined by the Provincial Health Authority and Provincial Dental Board of NS.

During this inital period, procedures that result in aerosol production are discouraged and thus treatment will be limited to those situations of pain, infection or trauma that do not respond to pharmacology. 

Assessment and treatment of emergent and urgent situations will also be contingent on availability of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) of which there is a serious world-wide shortage. All situations will be triaged and life-threatening situations will take precedence. 

Prescreening of all patients for COVID-19 is mandatory. Patients who do not meet the low risk criteria will be required to delay treatment until such time that their risk status has been changed to low, or be referred to one of the designated provincial emergency dental clinics for assessment and treatment. 

What constitutes a Dental Emergency?

If you are experiencing orofacial swelling,

If you are experiencing pain that can not be controlled with analgesics and/or antibiotics,

If you have experienced orofacial trauma,

If you are experiencing bleeding that can not be controlled. 

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, please contact our office at (902) 245-3535 during regular office hours or text a message to (902) 249-0004 after hours. Please ensure to include your contact information and a complete list of symptoms in your text message. Please also have your complete medical history and MSI card available prior to contacting us.

NOTE: if you are experiencing difficulty breathing, fever, new or worsening cough and have not been tested for COVID-19, please proceed to: http://when-to-call-about-covid19.novascotia.ca/en

For more information, please refer to the Provincial Dental Board website at: http://pdbns.ca/covid19