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Dental clinics closed except for emergency services

Sunday 22 March 2020 9:06pm

Following advice from the Ministry of Health and the Dental Council (New Zealand), all non-essential and elective dental services at University of Otago Faculty of Dentistry clinics, including those provided at the Dunedin School of Dentistry, the University of Otago Auckland Dental Facility and the Te Kaika Niho Taniwhā Dental Clinic, are being cancelled until further notice.

This measure is being taken to reduce the risk of community spread of the COVID‑19 virus.

At this stage the Faculty of Dentistry will provide emergency treatment* and relief of pain services only, provided by experienced registered practitioners and experienced assistants.

Patients will be contacted as soon as possible by our adminstration team to let them know in person. Given the current uncertainty, appointments will not be rescheduled until normal services can be resumed.

*Emergency treatment is defined as including oral-facial trauma, significant infection, prolonged bleeding or pain which cannot be managed by medications.