The COVID-19 pandemic affects all countries and communities across Europe, where the Colosseum Dental Group (CDG) operates. At CDG we have taken the situation extremely seriously since the beginning and will continue to apply all conceivable measures to keep our colleagues and patients safe.
We are continuously monitoring the situation very carefully, ensuring we collaborate with and follow the healthcare authorities´ guidance in all our markets. We have cancelled all business travelling, face-to-face meetings and events as well as postponed our first master curriculum courses in our Group Academy in Oslo until further notice.
We are dedicated to keeping our clinics open for our patients in acute need in accordance with the local authorities´ guidance. The Medical Board of Colosseum Dental Group safeguards our colleagues and patients by enforcing the national healthcare authorities´ guidelines in all our dental practices and deciding on additional safety measures on a daily basis.
As a patient, please follow the local authorities´ recommendations and the instructions from your local Colosseum Dental Group´s practice concerning your treatment. Please also follow our local guide at our dental practices, which is aimed at keeping our patients, our colleagues, and their families safe and healthy. We at Colosseum Dental Group are dedicated to fighting against the spread of COVID-19.
Dr. Eddie Coyle B.D.S., M.B.A. (Healthcare), Cert Practice Appraisal RCS (Engl) – Clinical Director CDUK, Chairman CDG European Medical Board.
“At this difficult time, the Medical Board of CDG continues to concentrate all its efforts and expertise to ensure that our clinical procedures and appropriate protective measures are of the highest possible standards. Safeguarding our colleagues and patients is vital at all times. We closely follow the various local country public health guidelines and support our clinic teams in adhering to these guidelines whilst continuing to provide safe care to patients. We are, as a group, committed to continuing to provide a service for all patients requiring routine and emergency treatment in all our markets where possible. We are dedicated to remaining an operating part of our communities during this unprecedented period.”
CDG guidelines and measures are issued by the Medical Board to enforce strict clinical and hygienic procedures.
Infection Control, Policies and Procedures
Clinical operation and patient treatment procedures
According to the Medical Board’s guidance we:
- Follow, the always overriding, guidance from local authorities as well as WHO (World Health Organization)
- Only treat emergencies/urgent examinations (according to local guidance)
- Keep on applying our normal high Standard Operating Procedures for Cross Infection Control
- Use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Exercise Social Distancing (when possible)
- Take care and stay safe
Treatment focus during Covid-19 pandemic
During the pandemic, we are restricting the treatments of specific patient groups in our clinics according to the local guidance.
- Patients tested positive for Covid-19 or patients, that have or had (the last 14 days)
- >37.5 degrees of body temperature
- signs of acute infection (coughing, colds, breathing difficulties)
Depending on local regulations the temperature of each patient can be measured prior to entering the treatment room. Patients showing symptoms or being diagnosed with Covid-19 are referred to local designated clinics.
All patients are asked screening questions to detect the risk of infection already at booking or when confirming bookings:
- Do you have Covid-19 (Coronavirus)? Have you been tested positive?
- Are you experiencing (or have the last 14 days) flu-like symptoms like shortness of breath, fever or cough?
If a patient answers yes on any above, the patient is referred to an alternative authorized clinic or booked a new appointment more than 14 days after the initial booking. The treating dentist will consult the patient online or by phone if needed and recommend further actions needed.
In countries with lockdown, we conduct only essential and urgent treatments (according to local guidance)
We delay non-urgent treatments:
- Scaling/Root surface debridement
- Cosmetic treatments e.g. teeth whitening
- Restorations routine with no pain and low-risk
- Asymptomatic endodontics/root canal treatments
- Implant related elective treatments
- Tooth extraction without pain symptoms
We conduct essential and urgent treatments:
- Emergency examinations
- Pain connected to pulpal inflammation/infection
- Pain connected to an active infection, trauma, swelling
- Denture treatment
- To stop disease when there is a risk for larger complications
For more details on essential and non-essential treatments, please check our most recent updates from the Medical Board.
To ensure the safety of our patients and clinicians we use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):
- Headgear (option, on the patient as well)
- Standard mask
- Visors (alt. goggles)
- Disposable apron/gowns
- Protective gloves
- Rubber dam whenever possible
- High vacuum suction close to the area
In the event that a Covid-19 suspectable has entered the treatment room despite precautionary measures, local recommendations on additional cleaning methods in cleaning and disinfecting the treatment room apply.
Social distancing and hygienic procedures
We apply additional hygienic procedures and social distancing measures in all clinics:
- Keeping at least 1-2m distance to the patient (when possible)
- Removing all unnecessary paper, folder, files
- Rearranging waiting area to maintain >1-2 m social distance at all times
- Patients are instructed to wait outside until their appointment time
- As always disinfection of all surfaces in the treatment room after each patient and an extra 3 times/day for the reception are etc, with special attention to door handles, chairs, bench areas, reception area, toilets/sinks, payment terminals, pcs and printers
- Plastic protection might be applied at reception
Patient information and instructions
When searching for a CDG clinic in Europe, please read the local guidance on treating patients during the COVID-19 pandemic on their local homepage:
Offical health resources for Covid-19 information
Clinical Care Resources
Health and well-being
Covid-19 business continuity insights for dental practices and DSO