Coronavirus

UPDATE: April 7, 2020

Although the Fundy Dental Centre Walk-In Clinic is still closed until further notice, the office will be staffed by dentists Mon to Fri (9am to 1pm) to answer your calls and provide necessary advice, prescriptions and/or referrals to a designated emergency clinic.  Please contact us by phone #902-681-9111 or email (fundydental@bellaliant.com) and our dentists will triage and assess all patient inquiries.

The primary objective during the pandemic is to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by encouraging social distancing and limiting unnecessary interaction between individuals.  Our Dental Board has limited the number of dental clinics to as few as necessary to continue to service dental emergencies in the Province, with priority given to Oral Surgeons in a hospital setting.

Fortunately, Dr Ian Ross in the Berwick Health Centre was given this designation to serve our Valley patients.

If emergency treatment is required, we will refer you to their office or one of the other designated emergency clinics – please do not call or go to these offices without a referral.  True dental emergencies (uncontrolled bleeding, severe toothache not managed by mediation, infection with significant swelling or causing difficulty breathing, and facial trauma) are still the only procedures that can be addressed at this time.

We will continue to update you here as to when other offices will be able to provide emergency treatment and regular dental services are able to be performed.

Stay safe and healthy, and we hope to see you all soon.

 

UPDATE: March 18, 2020

FUNDY DENTAL CURRENTLY IS WORKING REDUCED HOURS for Walk-In Emergencies only: 9am-1pm on Monday to Friday

The Provincial Dental Board of Nova Scotia has closed dental offices, limiting treatment to patients with true dental emergencies. If you are had a previously schedule appointment, broken tooth without pain, sensitivity or other non-emergent issue call the office when dental practices are able to provide regular services in a few weeks. If you have a TRUE DENTAL EMERGENCY, however, leave a message on our voicemail (902-681-9111) and one of our dentists will get back to you during our reduced walk-in hours from 9am-1pm on Monday to Friday. There is no charge for a dentist to call in a prescription to your local pharmacy so travelling to the office may not be necessary.

For patient that arrive for treatment during our walk-in times, please be aware of the following protocols we are implementing:

• We are restricting the number of patients in the office during this time

• Upon arrival we ask you call the office to speak with a dentist who will ask you the following questions:
– Have you travelled outside of Nova Scotia within the past 14 days?
– Do you have flu-like symptoms (cough, fever, trouble breathing)?
– Have you been in close contact (2m) with a confirmed case of
COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
– Have you been in close contact with a person with a fever or new onset of cough that has travelled outside of NS within the past 14 days?

• Patients that are high risk or COVID-19 positive require treatment at one of the central locations (VG & IWK hospitals or Dalhousie Dental). A referral can be sent directly from a Fundy Dentist without the patient being seen at the office.

Low risk patients should be treated with medication first and the dentist will call a prescription into your pharmacy
— or —
if a simple extraction can be performed patients will be called into the office in appropriate sequence for definitive care today.

Thank you for you cooperation during these uncertain times as we try to provide appropriate care while reducing the risk of spreading the coronavirus during the early stage of the outbreak.