A limited range of treatment for urgent and emergency cases is now able to be offered at dental practices within Dumfries and Galloway from this week.
This comes as part of national moves to restore services affected by COVID-19. However, patients are asked to note that access to dental practices continues to be by telephone in the first instance and the range of services available at practices are extremely limited and are for urgent and emergency cases only.
Patients should be assured that dental practices have supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) in order to help protect staff and the public.
They should also be aware that anyone requiring emergency treatment which requires an aerosol-generating procedure, such as drilling to start root treatment, will be able to receive this treatment at one of the Urgent Dental Care Centres within the region.
Anyone who requires urgent or emergency treatment should continue to contact their local practice by telephone in the first instance, where their requirements will be assessed and dealt with.
Patients are meanwhile thanked for their ongoing patience, with an assurance that dental teams are working conscientiously to ensure the best possible and safest possible arrangements for patients and staff. It is hoped that the range of available dental services can be expanded in a safe manner over coming weeks and months.