Dentists Open During Covid-19

Are there dentists open during covid-19?  Due to Covid-19 dentists and dental offices across the province and country have had to limit the procedures they are allowed to perform. This has been mandated by the Saskatchewan provincial government as of March 23, 2020. If you are in need of a dentist or looking for a dentist open during Covid-19, we can be of assistance and help you with any issue you may be having. Under certain circumstances and pending the current availability of personal protective equipment (PPE) in our clinics in Saskatoon and Regina, we may need to refer you to the appropriate treatment facility if we cannot address all of your concerns. Below we have included a summary of the guidelines we have been directed to follow from the College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan (CDSS) and the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA).

  • Saskatchewan dentists (CDSS members) are not to provide routine or urgent care to patients. CDSS members are strongly recommended to only provide emergency dental care.
    • You may believe that you are having a dental emergency but it must be confirmed with our dentist in Saskatoon or Regina. As there are varying levels of urgency when it comes to dental concerns, not every one is a true emergency. A true emergency is one that involves trauma or severe pain and swelling that does not respond to medications.
  • All CDSS members must operate under the current CDSS Standards and Alerts relating to this COVID-19 pandemic.
Levels of Dental Emergency Treatment/Providers:
  • Level 1 – All CDSS members must maintain contact with their patients and manage emergencies using Pharmacotherapeutics whenever possible. Therefore, we will respond within a reasonable amount of time if you have a dental concern. Depending on the concern and your symptoms, we may provide you with a prescription for medication to help temporarily alleviate your symptoms.
    • As COVID-19 community spread increases and the knowledge that COVID-19 infected asymptomatic individuals could be spreading the COVID-19 virus to others in the population.
    • To reconfirm dental emergency patients should be managed by prescreening risk assessment followed by a second on-site risk assessment including a temperature recording.
  • Level 2 Emergency Dental Care can be divided into 2 groups:
    • Level 2A-Non-Aerosol Generating Procedure (NAGP) – Simpli Dental is classified as a Level 2A provider at the time of posting.
    • Level 2B-Aerosol Generating Procedure (AGP)
  • Aerosol Generating Procedures are to be avoided if possible.
  • Level 3 – The Saskatchewan Health Authority, in collaboration with CDSS, has established two SHA Emergency Dental Clinics, one in Saskatoon and one in Regina, to provide emergency dental care. SHA will support these two clinics with all the appropriate PPE/ N95 masks and training with a focus on keeping dental emergencies out of hospital emergency rooms. If a dental emergency cannot be managed at any of Level 1, 2A or 2B, CDSS members can refer patients directly to a Level 3 SHA emergency dental clinic.
In summary, as a profession we are trying to limit the spread of Covid-19 by reducing our interactions with the public while reducing the number of dental-related cases in hospitals and servicing the population.
If you are looking for a dentist open during Covid-19 in Saskatoon or Regina you may have difficulty due to the temporary regulation that has been put in place. However, we are happy to help and try to alleviate your concerns or symptoms with the limited resources we have during this time.
As always, take care of your teeth and when we resume practice as usual, we encourage regular dental cleanings and exams to help keep costs low and avoid preventable pain.
Simpli Dental – Dentists in Saskatoon and Regina