The MOH and DCNZ issued strict guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19 virus. Thus, dental treatment should start with medication where possible. Only emergency and urgent dental care that can not be treated with medication can be done in a dental practice under strict conditions to protect patients, staff and the community from spread of the virus. Please discuss this matter with your dentist during the online consultation.
“Urgent care” includes treatment for:
• dental or soft-tissue infections without a systemic effect
• severe pain that cannot be controlled by medication or the patient following self-help advice
• fractured teeth or pulpal exposure
• adjustment or repair of dental appliances where patient health is significantly impacted.
“Dental emergencies” include:
• trauma-including facial/oral laceration and/or dentoalveolar injuries, such as avulsion of a permanent tooth
• oro-facial swelling that is serious and worsening
• post-extraction bleeding that the patient is not able to control with local measures
• dental conditions that have resulted in acute systemic illness or raised temperature as a result of dental infection
• severe trismus
• acute infections that are likely to exacerbate systemic medical conditions such as diabetes.
(Guidelines for oral health services at COVID-19 Alert Level 4)