At the beginning of the pandemic, dental offices were shut down and advised only to take emergency patients. However, because dental offices remain at one of the lowest transmission levels, dental care has been open to the public since Calgary’s first lockdown ended.
The low rates of positive tests in NW Calgary dental clinics demonstrate the commitment that we take in keeping our patients safe during the Covid-19 pandemic. If you’re wondering whether it’s safe to keep visiting your dental clinic, the answer is – yes, absolutely!
Dental problems are easier to treat before they become a bigger issue; just one of the reasons why it’s important to resume regular dental visits. Here’s what you can expect at your next appointment with your NW Calgary dentist.
High-standard of cleanliness and sanitization
All dentists are trained in the proper sanitization of tools and equipment. During a pandemic, in addition to standard protocols, Calgary dentists must follow the updated safety guidance and information from the Chief Medical Officer of Health and the CDC.
Patients must clean their hands with soap and water and use sanitizer when entering and leaving the dentist’s office. We also encourage touchless payments such as credit or debit cards. All high-touch surface areas, including doorknobs, desks, and chairs, are sanitized between each use.
Extra personal protective equipment
All patients are asked to wear a mask or face covering while in the waiting room and only be taken off during treatment. Additionally, all staff, including reception, will be wearing PPE.
Limited people in the waiting room
Many NW Calgary dental clinics ask that you come alone, with exceptions for small children and people who require assistance. You may also be required to wait outside until notified when you can enter. Appointments are spaced out to allow for physical distancing, chairs are spaced six feet apart, and no toys or magazines are available in the waiting area.
Screening for Covid-19 symptoms
When you call to make an appointment, most NW Calgary dentists will screen for COVID-19 symptoms and then again upon arrival at the office. Some dental clinics will take your temperature at the door. Family members or caregivers who need to accompany you will also be screened for symptoms.
NW Calgary dental clinics are committed to keeping patients safe and limiting the spread of the virus. If you have flu-like symptoms, have recently travelled, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, we ask that you stay home. If you’re sick and have a dental emergency, call your local emergency dental clinic for care options. We are in this together!