Gibraltar Dental Association (GDA) private sector dentists were obliged to close their practices in March 2020 as a result of guidance from UK based professional bodies and the general SARS-CoV-2 (Covid) pandemic lock down in Gibraltar.
Since then, GDA private sector members have been limited to remote triaging their emergency patients, including offering advice, analgesia or prescription of antibiotics. Very defined emergencies have been addressed in the appropriate environment within the GHA.
One of the main issues that has required careful assessment is the potential for SARS-CoV-2 viral transmission to staff and patients via aerosol generating procedures typically performed during the course of routine Dentistry, e.g., caries removal with fast hand pieces or scale and polishes with ultrasonic instruments.
The GDA has worked hard in tandem with Government to arrive at a Public Health approved protocol that allows the safe reopening of local private dental clinics.
Patients will notice changes as clinics will undergo some internal changes, staff training and the use of new Personal Protective Equipment in order to work as guided by the new protocol.
GDA private dental practitioners look forward to reopening as soon as they are each able to do so.
Daniel N Borge BDS MSc MFDS RCS (Eng)
The Borge Dental Medical Centre
138/2A Main Street