COVID-19: What to Expect at our Dental Office
The COVID-19 pandemic has made it harder for some of our patients to make their way to our office, but we would like to see you again – and your safety is our priority.
For Emergencies: Call (905) 878-0000
We are using our training in infection prevention to help keep our clinic safe during the pandemic.
That means even more safety measures than before, such as extra personal protective equipment (PPE), changes to waiting rooms, advanced screenings, and touchless thermometers.
Dental problems are easier and less expensive to treat before you can see or feel them, which is why it’s important to resume your regular appointments so that we can catch any problems early. Please contact us and find out what your options are, because the last thing you need this year is a toothache.
All our team is committed to keeping our office safe and open.
Appointments During Pandemics
Your next appointment will be a little different than what you were used to. We must follow the updated safety guidance from the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario and information from the Chief Medical Officer of Health when providing care during the pandemic. Here’s what you can expect.
- Appointments will be spaced out to allow physical distancing and disinfecting between patients. This might mean less flexibility when scheduling your appointment.
- You will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival at the dental office and your temperature will be taken with a touchless thermometer.
- You will be asked to wear a mask while in the office except during treatment.
- Dental staff will be wearing more PPE than normal.
- We may ask that you come alone. There may be exceptions for small children and people who require assistance. If a parent or caregiver is allowed, they will also be subject to screening measures.
- You will be asked to call when you arrive and wait outside the dentist’s office until your appointment. You would be notified when you can enter. The waiting room will not be open to everyone. There will be no magazines, toys, or any other non-essential items in the dental office.
- Patients must sanitize their hands with a 70- to 90-per cent alcohol-based solution or soap and water when entering and leaving the dentist’s office.
- There is a designated bathroom for patients only and is disinfected between patients.
- PLEASE notify the office if you have flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, nausea, or difficulty breathing) or have been exposed to reschedule your appointment accordingly.
We thank you for helping us keep our offices safe for everyone. We’re all in this together.
Learn More About Covid-19
The coronavirus (COVID-19) has gone further than we expected, and it’s about time to learn more about it to avoid it and prevent it from reaching the people you love. We will provide information about the coronavirus and demonstrate how dentists prepare for the coronavirus.
What Is Coronaviruse?
Among humans, coronavirus infections most often occur during the winter months and early spring. People regularly become ill with a cold due to a coronavirus and may catch the same one about four months later.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others that circulate among animals, including camels, cats, and bats.
World Health Organization declares the outbreak of the new coronavirus is a pandemic; get live updates at WHO twitter profile.
The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ontario includes Halton Region in general and Milton city in particular.
36 Confirmed cases in Ontario as of March 10, 2020. None of these cases were in Milton. Check all areas in Canada with confirmed cases as of March 10, 2020.
Learn more about how the Ministry of Health prepares for the 2019 novel coronavirus in Ontario. Find out how to protect yourself, what to do if you’re sick after travel, and how to recognize possible symptoms.
What Are Coronaviruse Symptoms?
Just like a cold or flu, symptoms usually start from 2–4 days after a coronavirus infection and are typically mild. However, symptoms vary from person to person, and some forms of the virus can be fatal. The symptoms include:
- runny nose
- fever in rare cases
- sore throat
- exacerbated asthma
How Do We Avoid Coronavirus At Milton Central Family Dentistry?
The risk of transmission of coronavirus or other viruses is diminished substantially through the strict use of Routine Practices for infection prevention and control. Our dental hygienists At Milton Central Family Dentistry strictly perform the procedures of Protocol for Dental Hygienists to prevent the opportunity for the patient to be exposed to coronavirus transmission.
View the dental hygienists’ practice guidelines and protocol in Ontario.
Every staff at Milton Central follows the Standard Precautions guidelines when it comes to the practice of dentistry. Even before the coronavirus outbreak, it was a routine part of our dentists’ practice, and the precautions comply with CDC guidelines.
All dental hygienists need to assess whether their practice can safely conduct a clinical dental hygiene examination, in an actual emergency, for clients at risk of having COVID-19.
All suspected cases MUST be reported to the local Public Health Unit in Milton to determine the next steps.
How to cure Coronavirus?
Scientists cannot quickly cultivate human coronaviruses in the laboratory, unlike the rhinovirus, which is another cause of the common cold. There is no cure, so treatments include self-care and over-the-counter (OTC) medication. People can take several steps, including:
- resting and avoiding overexertion
- drinking enough water
- avoiding smoking and smoky areas
- taking acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen for pain and fever
- using a clean humidifier or cool mist vaporizer
- A doctor can diagnose the virus responsible by taking a sample of respiratory fluids, such as mucus from the nose or blood.
How to avoid COVID-19?
Protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu, and COVID-19 by following good respiratory hygiene:
- Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
- Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth because hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose, or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and make you sick.
- Stay at home until you recover if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and a slightly runny nose.
- Avoiding visits to medical clinics to allow these facilities to operate effectively and help protect you and others from possible COVID-19.
What to do if you don’t feel well?
- If you develop fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical advice promptly, as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition.
- Call in advance and tell your health care provider of any recent travel or contact with travelers to allow your to quickly direct you to a suitable health facility like Milton District Hospital. This will also help to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19 and other viruses. Here are the Directions to Milton District Hospital in case
Visiting a Dentist or a Doctor
Is it safe to visit a dentist during the virus outbreak?
Choosing not to visit a dentist because you are concerned about getting infected with the coronavirus is a wise decision.
In the meantime, if you are having a dental emergency, please use this form to submit your case.