COVID-19 INFORMATION FROM MELBOURNE DENTISTRY

Melbourne Dentistry is Open and Our Team is Fully Vaccinated!

Our rooms are open for general dental procedures, practicing with a COVIDsafe plan to protect the health of all patients and staff. We value caring for our patients and ensuring all are safe during these challenging times. Melbourne Dentistry is open during our usual hours of 7.00am - 5.30pm, Monday to Friday. Please feel welcome to call our practice on 03 9650 0033 for an appointment. Alternatively you may review available times online at melbournedentistry.com/book-online/ to schedule your next dental visit with us.

The practice telephone line, 9650 0033 is diverted to the mobile phone of our practice principal, Dr Maria Petricevic, Dentist, each night, after business hours and on weekends, to ensure you are able to discuss your dental health concerns with her during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr Maria may also be contacted via email at info@melbournedentistry.com.

Vaccination Passport

All of our staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19! As part of maintaining a high standard of care for all of our patients, and occupational health and safety for all of our staff, our practice policy is to see only patients that are fully vaccinated.

You will need to show proof of vaccination at the time of attending for your appointment. The easiest way to do this is to have your digital vaccination certificate loaded onto your Services Victoria app on your smart phone, for easy display of your verification hologram.

Attending the Practice

We request you wear a mask in the practice at all times (other than when you are requested to remove it for your dental care). In addition to our existing high standard of infection control, our COVIDsafe plan now also includes new air-borne precautions to help protect all of our staff and patients. You will notice staff wearing full PPE including face shields, goggles, N95 masks, gowns and gloves; and we wear a new set for each patient appointment.

In the practice treatment room, we have specifically installed equipment for the current circumstances; the VirusKillerâ„¢Radic8 401K UV-C Air Purifier with HEPA filter and the Rhondair Aerosol Capture System to use along side HVE (high volume evacuation - suction), pre-procedural mouth rinsing (using 1% hydrogen peroxide) and rubber dam (where indicated) to contain aerosols to help protect the safety of all of our staff and our patients.

Patient screening will remain an import component of keeping our practice COVIDsafe.

Patient Screening

Please only attend if you are fit to do so - Check by reading the below screening questions:

Have you, or a person you live with - 

  • attended any COVID-19 PUBLIC EXPOSURE SITES in the last 14 days?
  • arrived from OVERSEAS in the last 14 days?
  • been released from ISOLATION in the last 14 days?
  • been in contact with someone who has had COVID-19 in last 14 days?
  • awaiting COVID-19 test results?
  • been tested for COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
  • tested positive for COVID-19?
  • currently have fever/chills/cold or flu symptoms or a runny nose or loss of your sense of smell or taste?

If you answered yes  to any of the above questions, please call our practice on T - 9650 0033 to discuss your circumstances BEFORE scheduling/attending for an appointment at our practice.

You may also require testing for COVID-19 and should contact the National Coronavirus Helpline T - 1800 020 080 

Please continue to check coronavirus.vic.gov.au for further information along with our website for updates regarding your dental care and dentistry restrictions in Victoria during the pandemic.

Your Safety at the Dentist during COVID-19

In order to ensure we are providing the highest level of safety for our patients, we follow the currently recommended Government and Health Department guidelines for COVID-19. We have implemented protocols as part of our practice COVID Safe Plan regarding patient screening and appointment scheduling, social distancing in our waiting room, hand washing, mask wearing, and continuous daily environmental cleaning, above and beyond what we usually do.

We have hand sanitizer readily available upon entry to and exit from our dental practice. Plexiglass screens are in place at our practice reception desk to protect our staff.

We measure body temperature and note contact details of all who enter our practice on a daily basis. We also track the health and temperature of our team each day.

Infection control at our practice is of paramount importance and is maintained at the highest standard at all times. It is a requirement for dental practices to undertake additional patient management techniques for practicing during the COVID-19 pandemic. These protocols have been developed by the ADA in conjunction with the Australian Health Protection Principles Committee (AHPPC). These techniques enable us to reduce the generation of aerosols during dental procedures to protect the safety of all patients, practitioners and staff.

Your Dental Appointment during COVID-19

We ask all patients to please be forthcoming regarding the state of their health. Please let us know about how you are feeling when you book your appointment, when we confirm your appointment and prior to attending for your dental appointment.

If you have any of the below symptoms, please let us know. We can postpone your dental appointment until you are able to obtain a COVID-19 test to determine your health status. You must stay at home and isolate while you are waiting to get your COVID-19 test results.

Out of consideration for the safety of our dental practitioner, staff and all our other patients, along with the community at large, you will need to be clear of the virus in order to attend for dental treatment at our practice.  We will postpone your dental appointment until you have your COVID-19 test results. If your COVID-19 test results demonstrate you have tested negative, your dental appointment may proceed.

Should you test positive to the COVID-19 virus, we wish you a speedy and safe recovery. We will require written confirmation when you are clear of the COVID-19 virus before you are able to subsequently present for dental care at our practice.

COVID-19 symptoms may be mild and may consist of any one of the below -

  • fever
  • runny nose
  • sore throat
  • cough
  • shortness of breath
  • loss of the sense of smell or taste
  • unusual fatigue
  • ongoing headaches
  • chills or aches and pains
  • abdominal symptoms such as nausea, cramps or diarrhoea
  • conjunctivitis
  • an unexplained rash

YOU HAVE COVID-19 OR SUSPECT YOU MAY HAVE COVID-19 and need urgent dental care?

You are not alone! If you are COVID-19 positive or are awaiting results and require emergency dental treatment please call us to advise us of your circumstances. There are ADA and DHHS guidelines for assisting confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients with the provision of urgent dental care.

We can consult with you via teledentistry and then refer you to an acute hospital specifically equipped to provide urgent dental treatment to confirmed or probable COVID-19 patients, if this is necessary.

Recovering from COVID-19?

Please call our practice on 9650 0033 or email our team at info@melbournedentistry.com to inform us of your circumstances prior to attending for a dental appointment. 

If you require any further clarification regarding the aforementioned COVID-19 information, please don't hesitate to contact our practice for assistance.

 

Wearing a Mask?

All individuals attending our dental practice, aged 12 years and older, are expected to wear a facial covering such as a disposable or cloth mask over their nose and mouth upon entry to the practice.

We can safely dispose of your disposable mask when you commence your appointment at the practice and we will provide you with a new disposable mask to wear home after your appointment, should you need one.

If you are using a re-usable cloth mask, we are able to provide you with a clear plastic clip lock bag for the safe and hygienic storage of your mask while you are having your appointment, if you do not have one of your own.

Should you need any further COVID-19 information regarding dental care and/or advice or information on wearing or obtaining a mask, please contact us on 9650 0033.

 

World Health Organisation (WHO) Handwashing Technique:

 

Wearing your mask correctly:

 

'I wear a mask to protect you, you wear a mask to protect me - wherever you are - stop the spread of Coronavirus and save lives!'

 

Please consider getting vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible to protect yourself, your loved ones and our whole community so we can regain freedoms lost to this devastating virus!