Dear Patients and Friends,
We will only be treating Speedvale Dental Centre patients in need of emergency care until at least April 6, 2020.
At Speedvale Dental Centre, it has always been our goal to protect the health and safety of our patients and staff. As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation evolves, we remain committed to this goal.
We are continually checking for updates through the Health Canada and Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Health unit websites and other credible sources.
Speedvale Dental Centre Uses Both Standard and Transmission-Based Precautions
Standard Precautions are the minimum infection prevention practices that apply to all patient care, regardless of suspected or confirmed infection status of the patient, in any setting where health care is delivered.
Transmission-Based Precautions include Contact Precautions, Droplet Precautions and Airborne Precautions, and are based on the likely routes of transmission of specific infectious agents.
Our office protocols are designed to protect both our staff and our patients. These include:
- Hand hygiene
- Use of personal protective equipment (e.g., gloves, masks, eyewear)
- Respiratory hygiene / cough etiquette
- Sharps Safety (Engineering and work practice controls)
- Safe injection practices (i.e., aseptic technique for parenteral medications)
- Sterile instruments and devices (All instruments are sterilized or used once and disposed of)
- All surfaces of our dental treatment rooms are cleaned and disinfected after every patient (The materials and methods used have been shown to be effective for viruses)
To all of our patients in active orthodontics:
In keeping with our priority to maintain the absolute safety of our staff, patients and family members and with recommendations from our regulatory body (Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario) we are postponing all non-essential office visits. Due to the high infectiousness of COVID-19 and the absolute need to slow down its spread, the responsible action is to limit the possible exposure to everyone. We are available to our patients on an emergency basis but have cancelled all regularly scheduled appointments. Although this is an inconvenience for all involved, delaying orthodontic visits for a few weeks is unlikely to cause any harm, as long as you are following the instructions which are summarized below.
These instructions are for those under active treatment using fixed braces, Invisalign and palatal expanders.
- Maintain excellent oral hygiene, including brushing after meals and flossing daily
- Avoid excessive consumption of sweetened beverages or foods
- For patients in fixed braces, avoid hard foods
- If you have an expander or other device that requires you to activate it- STOP turning the expander or appliance until we resume normally scheduled visits
- If you are in fixed braces or Invisalign and are using elastics, MOVE TO WEARING ELASTICS ONLY AT NIGHT-TIME until we resume normally scheduled visits
- For those who have finished their treatment and are wearing retainers, follow the instructions that were provided at your last visit regarding the wear-time of your retainers
- For patients in Invisalign – Consider changing your aligners every 2 or 3 weeks until we can assess your tracking and tooth movement
We certainly understand that this closure may delay your treatment. However please be assured that we will do our utmost to complete your treatment as expeditiously as possible, as soon as we are able to resume normal operations. It is very important that we continue to follow our treatment protocols. We cannot skip ahead and deliver aligners without assessing you properly.
Ultimately, in the face of this global pandemic, it is each and everyone’s responsibility to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Thank you for your understanding and co-operation in this matter.
Drs. Fox, Cool and Vale
As with flu outbreaks that came before it, we believe the current Coronavirus situation will pass. At present, keeping aware of the latest information can lead to the proper balance of caution and reduced fear. We remain committed to keeping you informed, as well as protecting your health and safety.
Together, we will minimize the potentially dangerous effects of Coronavirus.
Drs. Fox, Cool and Vale and the entire Speedvale Dental Centre team.