Since opening our doors on 8th June at the earliest possible time, the team and I have worked incredibly hard treating emergencies and urgent treatment. We are now at the point when we can start to take on more routine work, albeit at a much slower rate than previously. It is hot and hard work for us in all the PPE and we are only able to run at 20% of our previous capacity due to COVID operational restrictions – please bear with us as these restrictions do severely limit the number of appointments that are available.

Routine treatments
We are starting to be able to undertake more routine work, and are in the process of contacting patients whose checkups were delayed.  We will be giving priority to those due in March/April, and those who we feel are at greatest risk of tooth decay if delayed any longer.

We have a record of all the appointments that were cancelled – please do not contact us to book a check up if you were not due at that time – we will contact you when we are able to make the booking.

Staffing changes
There have been a number of staffing changes since lockdown.  Our locum hygiene therapist, Gavin, has left us in order to do more community based work, and our dentist Dr Mehwish Ahmad has also moved onwards.   We wish them all the best for the future!

Unfortunately our lovely hygiene therapist Malisa, has broken her hand and will be out of action for 4-6 weeks at least!  However, we are delighted to announce the arrival of a new hygiene therapist to our team, Danielle Myers, who will be starting with us in mid September and who will cover the existing bookings for this service.  Once Malisa is recovered we will then be able to offer a greatly extended and more accessible hygiene and therapy service.

Hygiene therapist
There is sometimes confusion about the difference between hygienists and hygiene therapists, and their role in dental practices, so here is a brief explanation to help. Dental hygiene therapists are university trained alongside dentists and provide a range of treatments with a scope of practice governed by the General Dental Council.  Dentists are able to delegate the more routine treatments such as basic examinations, xrays, fillings, impressions and the extraction of baby teeth using the same materials and techniques as the dentist, as well as undertaking all the gum care treatment and maintenance you would expect from a hygienist.

Dental hygienists simply undertake the gum care and maintenance aspect working on a prescription from the dentist.

Oakwood Aesthetics

We have in the last month launched a separate branch of the practice called Oakwood Aesthetic, and have had a small refurbishment in the front upper surgery to match!  Dr Sandy Cheema can undertake all aspects of face and skin rejuvenation therapies in the safe medical environment of the practice.  For more information email aesthetics@oakwood-dental.co.uk.

We’re here to help!

We are here to provide any help and advice that might be needed so please don’t hesitate to contact us by email on enquries@oakwood-dental.co.uk and we will do our best to get back to you at our earliest convenience.