What is Covid-19?
As most of us will be aware at present, COVID-19 is the name given to an infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus.
Most commonly, infected persons display fever, fatigue and a dry cough. Initial symptoms are mild, some people do not even display any symptoms at all.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about 80% recover from the illness without needing special treatment.
However approximately 1 of every 6-people infected with Covid-19 become seriously ill and develop difficulty in breathing.
The older population and those with at least 1 underlying medical condition are more like to develop serious illness.
Covid-19 is a contagious disease which can spread if one breathes in droplets from a person who is infected (if they cough, sneeze or exhale). More commonly however, spread occurs when droplets expelled by an infected person land on surfaces. Other people can then get infected by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.
Resumption of Dental Services
Pursuant to directives from the Ministry of Health, the resumption of services will occur over 3 phases.
In Phase 1, we will focus on a SAFE RE-OPENING. While we can recommence the majority of dental procedures during this phase, there are minor restrictions to our operations.
This is mainly focused on limiting the number of visitors to the clinic and allowing a certain amount of time between each patient. This allows our surgery rooms to be thoroughly disinfected and “rested” in between patients.
Ashford uses high vacuum suction motors in each surgical room to ensure high volume suction for each patient we see. This exceeds the safety recommendations for dental service resumption recommended by WHO. But to us, your safety is our highest priority.
Our dental facilities have also been certified ‘COVID-19 READY’ by the Singapore Dental Association. This means that our clinics are accredited in:
- having all the appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
- having in place responsible treatment protocols
- having in place infection control protocols consistent with MOH’s guidelines
In Phase 2, we will focus on a SAFE TRANSITION. This will render dental facilities island-wide to be practicing as normal albeit with safe distancing measures still in force.
This will be followed thereafter by Phase 3, SAFE NATION.
We will be constantly in touch with the Ministry of Health and inform our patients accordingly.
For now, we eagerly welcome back existing and new patients to both Ashford facilities. We remain, as ever, your reason to smile.