Garden Square Dental Practice Reopening Update

Following the gentle re-opening of our practice on the 8th June, we are pleased to announce that we are now ready to see patients who require a wider scope of dental procedures. This would include, those patients who require fillings to be replaced, root canal treatments to be completed or crowns to be prepared and fitted. Consultations with the implant specialist (prosthodontist) and the gum specialist (periodontist) are also open for bookings, but overall availability to see the dentists or hygienists may be limited.

Patients that suffer from chronic gum problems such as persistent bleeding or build-up of plaque, would be advised to book in to see the hygienist at their earliest possible convenience. Please be advised that due to the additional costs of PPE and extra measures required for patient safety during this unprecedented time, the charges for hygienist appointments will be £90 for 30 minutes and £120 for 45 minutes.

For AGP (aerosol-generating procedures) involving the dental drill, an additional charge of £45 will be incurred for the patient safety measures taken. We hope that these charges will be reduced once the guidelines have been eased. Please also be aware that our triage policy is still in effect and we will be inviting all patients to submit new medical history forms and COVID-19 screening forms prior to their appointment.

At GSD our normal cross-infection control protocols against all previously known pathogens are already woven into all clinical activity carried out at the practice. It should be remembered that a dental practice is already a very clean environment compared to public areas and there is no evidence of COVID-19 transmission occurring in increased rates in dentists or their staff. We have collectively evaluated all of the updated guidance and observed what measures have been put in place in other countries.

We feel that the measures which are outlined in this policy will reduce risk to the minimum level at the practice. Please be assured that all of our clinical staff will also be complying with our updated procedures to reduce the risk of cross-infection in both directions.

We recommend that patients in the high-risk groups for developing complications from coronavirus delay non-essential dental treatment for as long as possible until the trend of the pandemic becomes clear. If you are in a high-risk group and do require treatment we will schedule your appointment accordingly

GSD will be operating contactless payment systems going forwards. This reduces the requirement for unnecessary contact or use of pin entries on the card terminal at reception.