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COVID-19 Updates from Melbourne St Dental Studio

Dear Valued Patients

heart handsWe wish to inform you that MSDS will remain OPEN as an essential service during the COVID-19 outbreak. We have received confirmation from the ADA that Dentistry is classified as an essential service. We are here to relieve pressure from GP clinics and the hospital system in dental health as the need may arise.

There may be acute and ongoing dental needs that still require proper attention at this time and could include;

  • Acute dental pain and infection e.g. endodontic treatment under rubber dam, or extraction
  • Management of significantly damaged upper front teeth e.g due to trauma with restorative treatment provided under rubber dam
  • Soft tissue pathology
  • Management of complex medically compromised patients with urgent dental concerns that may affect them systemically
  • Management of those at higher risk of rapid progression of dental disease due to socioeconomic or cultural factors
  • Management of patients referred by a medical practitioner for medically necessary dental care

I wanted to reassure my patients that we are taking the COVD -19 situation very seriously and that we take the strictest precautions in the interests of health and safety not only for my clients and community but for my staff family and myself.

As most of our long-time clients are familiar we have always followed the strictest guidelines according to the ADA.

What are these and how can we reduce cross contamination? As a dental office we already uphold the strictest standards. With our present circumstances I have taken our office to the next level to protect our community.

We screen patients before they visit, we ask questions like are you feeling ok? Have you recently been overseas?

  • We have stripped our waiting room.
  • We wipe down frequented surfaces around the clock
  • We insist you sanitise your hands on arrival and departure
  • We ask that you pre rinse when you are seated to reduce the bacterial level in your mouth to ZERO. This way any aerosols that may be created are disinfected.

As you know we have been using this protocol as routine now in MSDS FOR OVER 3-4 YEARS

We always use a rubber dam to isolate the area we are working on to ensure we achieve an optimal bond for your restoration but to also to reduce the incidence of aerosols.

As you know I have always followed this protocol. I have been using this now for over 25 years.

  • We always insist on High- Speed evacuation to reduce the incidence of aerosols.
  • We wear protective masks and clothing as well as face shields. We limit the areas we use or touch to avoid cross contamination.
  • We sanitize our hands between glove change- over.

For our immunocompromised patients in need of essential or urgent dental attention we can arrange your booking so you are the first cab off the rank, as well as book a change over time after you to avoid or minimize contact with other clients i.e. you have your own personalized dental office for your needs

I work from 2 rooms to ensure easy, efficient and effective room change -overs, this way we have prepped the room especially for you ahead of time and we can seat you to avoid an overcrowded waiting room. This will ensure distancing from other clients and provide you with peace of mind that your room has been prepared in advance with ample time to ensure the highest standards.

Moving forward, I am also investigating ways to filter and extract air from the operatory rooms to the outside for the well-being of all for now and the future.

The availability of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as required.

My staff and I are here ready to assist. And there is always my emergency mobile number for any urgent enquiries as needed and we can offer virtual consultations using Zoom.

I realize I do quite specialized work so to give my clients the peace of mind MSDS will BE OPEN over reduced hours between 9-3pm. I will keep you updated.

Please stay safe.

Kind Regards

Dr Andrea Perdis Dentist BDSc Hons



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