The Faculty of Dentistry is committed
to keeping our dental clinics safe and open.
We have implemented protocols and physical space changes to ensure a safe work environment for staff and patients in the Student and Staff Dental Clinic during the COVID-19 pandemic. These directives have been certified by the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux, Quebec Order of Dentists, and McGill University. Detailed procedural recommendations take into consideration the patient population treated, staff safety and the features of available facilities and infrastructure and are based on a 4-tiered hierarchy of infection controls, namely:
1. Reduction of infectivity and production of aerosol during procedures
A major concern in medical and dental settings are procedures that result in significant production of aerosols. To curb the risks associated with aerosol generating procedures, the Student and Staff Dental Clinic provides patients with a pre-procedure rinse; the Faculty has also installed HEPA Filters in each operatory, in addition to making physical space modifications to ensure such procedures are performed in closed room operatories.
2. Patient screening
Thorough pre-treatment screening of all patients, in addition to daily pre-work screening of all staff.
3. Prevention of transmission in common areas
Including limited patient movement, mandatory masks, and traffic control within the clinic to ensure physical distancing.
4. Provision of PPE
Ensuring all those who participate in clinical and non-clinical activities are supplied with the necessary PPE based on the procedure or task performed.
The Undergraduate Teaching Dental Clinic is open and implements the same infection control protocols listed above. Community clinics in the Faculty of Dentistry's Service to the Community Program are open and have applied the necessary infection control protocols to ensure the health and safety of patients in the community.
Please consult mcgill.ca/coronavirus for further updates on COVID-19 at McGill and Frequently Asked Questions.