We're now returning to (almost) normal.
UPDATE February 27th:
The availability of dental treatment is largely unaffected by the latest lockdown. We employ a range of measures to keep the practice environment as Covid-safe as we possibly can in accordance with national guidelines. One of the consequences of the guidelines is that the hygienists are unable to use their ultrasonic scalers, but they can do almost as thorough a job with hand instruments. Other measure required include extra PPE, perspex screens and 'fallow time' between patients following certain treatments. In addition we are all now vaccinated against coronavirus.
We stopped providing routine examinations during the period when coronavirus was at its highest levels and this has allowed us to clear the backlog of routine treatment which had accumulated. We are now available to see you as normal if you have a problem so do give us a ring if you need us.
We are working to catch up on those missed examinations and hygienist visits, but it may be some months before we're fully back to normal with these.
Please understand that many routine dental treatments release a fine mist into the surgery air from the mouth (aerosol generating procedures - AGPs) and these, if virus-laden, are a risk to us and potentially to subsequent patients as well. The Faculty of General Dental Practitioner's advice means that we can only provide these AGP treatments with significantly enhanced levels of PPE. In addition, each surgery must be left for a prolonged period after treatment for the virus to 'settle' before being used again, and we will have to clean it even more thoroughly than we always did before.
The return to routine dental care is coming closer but the situation is changing rapidly and we are making inroads into the backlog, so watch this space!