COVID-19

COVID-19: infection prevention and control dental appendix

A new dental appendix to the recently published UK COVID-19: Guidance for the remobilisation of services within health and care settings is now available. The new guidance document can be viewed here The dental guidance seeks to ensure a consistent and resilient UK wide approach, though some differences in operational details and organisational responsibilities may…

CDO Letter – Full range of NHS dental treatments from 1st November

In a letter released today, Tom Ferris CDO Scotland announced that, as of Sunday 1st November dental contractors will be able to provide a full range of dental treatments to NHS patients. This announcement follows the recent publication of the Scottish Dental Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) ‘Review of Aerosol Generating Provcedures in Dentistry’ which improves understanding…

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SDCEP Rapid Review on Mitigation of Aerosol Generating Procedures in Dentistry published

Today the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) published their rapid review of the evidence related to the generation and mitigation of aerosols in dental practice and the associated risk of transmission of SARS-CoV-2. Significant support for the review was provided by Cochrane Oral Health, a key partner in the project. The review is now available to…

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Ventilation, water and environmental cleaning in dental surgeries relating to COVID-19

This SBAR (Situation, Background, Assessment, Recommendation) on ventilation water and environmental cleaning in dental surgeries relating to COVID-19 was developed by a Short Life Working Group (SLWG) that included all devolved administrations, representatives from Public Health England (PHE) and academia (see table below). The purpose of the short life working group was to review and…

Aerosol Generating Procedures and their Mitigation in International Dental Guidance Documents

The COVID-19 Dental Services Evidence Review (CoDER) Working Group has just published its  rapid review of  Aerosol Generating Procedures and their Mitigation in International Dental Guidance Documents on Cochrane Oral Health The review is the work of a collaborative group of researchers and clinicians from a range of UK institutions, including the Scottish Dental Clinical…

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SDCEP-Rapid Review of Aerosol Generating Procedures in Dentistry

SDCEP, with the support of Cochrane Oral Health, is coordinating a rapid review of the international evidence related to aerosol generating procedures in dental healthcare. The UK-wide working group is chaired by Prof. Jeremy Bagg and includes topic experts from medical virology and aerobiology as well as representatives from the general dental practice, hospital dental…

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SDCEP – Comparison of UK Return-to-Practice Documents

The Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) have published a comparison of the five main UK documents published in recent weeks. While the layout of the documents varies the level of agreement across the source documents should provide reassurance to dental professionals in every area of the UK. Download Comparison of UK Return-to-Practice documents Note…

Reopening dental practices – Latest CDO update

This latest CDO letter provides information on plans to reintroduce dental services on a phased basis over the course of this month. A specific date being confirmed following the next 3-weekly lockdown review point on the 18 June. Practices are advised to:- implement the recommendations of the SDCEP practice recovery toolkit Prepare a single surgery…

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SDCEP – Resuming General Dental Services Guide – minor update

The Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) have issued a minor update to their Resuming General Dental Services Guide. These minor changes relate to:- An update of Phase numbering throughout guide following CDO letter of 8 June 2020 which included the renaming of phases of remobilisation of NHS Dental Services. Addition of advice about appointing…

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SDCEP Reopening Dental Practice Guide launched

In a letter of the 20th May the Chief Dental Officer outlined a phased remobilisation of NHS dental services. To support practitioners working in primary dental care the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) has developed a Practice Recovery toolkit which includes a guide and associated implementation tools. The guide provides advice on: Practice organisation…

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SDCEP-Drugs for Management of Dental Problems During COVID-19 Pandemic – Update

SDCEP has updated the Drugs for Management of Dental Problems During COVID-19 Pandemic supplement, which was first published on 8 April 2020.  The drugs supplement is based on SDCEP’s Drug Prescribing for Dentistry guidance and lists the drug regimens that dentists are most likely to advise or prescribe for their patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The updated version: – provides more…

Recommendations for the re-opening of dental services

A rapid review of recommendations for re-opening dental services following the closure or reduction of dental services across the world as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has now been published. The reivew is not a guidance document but summarises recommendations from the various sources identified within five themes relevant to the re-opening of dental…

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SDCEP – Dental Practice Closure During COVID-19 Pandemic.

The Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness programme has created a new guide entitled Dental Practice Closure During COVID-19 Pandemic. This guide comprises a checklist of points to consider when practices are to be closed for an extended period. Two parts are included in this version  Part A: Actions to consider at closure Part B: Points to consider during…

Infection Prevention and Control in Urgent Dental Care Settings during the period of COVID-19

Health Protection Scotland have released a new document that outlines infection prevention and control advice for dentists and the dental team involved in the provision of urgent dental care for patients during the COVID-19 period. The document is based on PHE/ HPS guidance. The Dental Deans of the Royal Colleges, FGDP UK and representatives of…

COVID-19 Resources

As the number of our news stories and resources related to COVID-19 grows we have developed a new page for the site that pulls these resources together. Go to the COVID-19 summary page If you have a COVID-19 dental resource you think we should look at please contact us via feedback