At Seddon Dental, we have always considered ourselves as the people’s dentist.
It has been a challenging couple of years for all of us, especially when it comes to dental pain, it is not something that we can either put up with or evade it with medication, guess most of us would second that.
Throughout level 4 we have been working within the guidelines of the Ministry of Health and the Dental Council attending to emergencies restrictively. We very much look forward to being able to get back to providing dental services under the “new norm”.
As the whole world is battling this deadly virus, as humans, we must adapt to circumstances in the most pragmatic way possible. We practice evidence-based medicine, and the health of our team and patients is of the utmost importance. We would like to phone triage every patient prior to making an appointment. If you fall under the high risk category subjective, we would be limited to certain emergency procedures only, and would require a proof of negative COVID test 72 hours prior to the dental appointment.
Our intention is not to exercise unnecessary systems, but to streamline and organize protocol. This is mainly to minimize the risk of transmissibility of the virus to other patients and staff. Furthermore, we would like to do everything we can to avoid repeated closure of the surgery, which would be enforced if a positive case was identified at the practice. This approach is also supported by The New Zealand Dental Association. As recommended by guiding authorities all our staff have been fully vaccinated and also get COVID tested on a repeated basis.
With the new reality that COVID will be endemic in our community, we see vaccination as having a crucial role in reducing spread of the virus and severity of illness and there is no better place than that of a dental surgery.
We appreciate your cooperation and patience during such difficult times.