Resources for COVID-19

SDCEP has developed several resources for use during the COVID-19 pandemic:

A rapid review of aerosol generating procedures in dentistry is underway.

The Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) provides user-friendly, evidence-based guidance to support dental teams to provide high quality healthcare that is safe, effective and person centred.

SDCEP works in partnership with the Translation Research in a Dental Setting (TRiaDS) collaboration, the Scottish Dental Practice Based Research Network (SDPBRN), the Quality Improvement in Practice Team (QIiPT), and the Scottish Dental Postgraduate Fellowship (SDPF). These comprise the Clinical Effectiveness workstream of NHS Education for Scotland’s Dental Directorate. SDCEP also collaborates with the Cochrane Oral Health Group.

SDCEP also provides its guidance via the Dental Companion app.


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    Rapid Review of AGPs in Dentistry

    SDCEP has convened a UK-wide working group to rapidly review the international evidence related to aerosol generating procedures in dental healthcare.
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    Comparison of UK Return-to-Practice Documents

    A comparison of the five main UK return-to-practice guidance and standard operating procedure documents is available. The level of agreement across the source documents should provide reassurance to dental professionals in every area of the UK.
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    Questionnaire - Using Apps in Dentistry

    A questionnaire asking for practitioners' views/beliefs about the use of apps in dentistry, including the SDCEP Dental Companion app is available.
    An optional 30 minute CPD module on “Using Apps in Dentistry” is linked to the survey.
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    COVID-19: Practice Recovery

    SDCEP has developed a Practice Recovery Toolkit, which provides advice and implementation tools to support primary care dental practice in Phase 2 of remobilisation of dental services.
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    Management of Acute Dental Problems during COVID-19 Pandemic

    This guide describes modified management of commonly presenting oral conditions for use during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    The supplement listing the drug regimens that dentists are most likely to remotely advise or prescribe for their patients at this time has been updated.
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    Management of Acute Dental Problems

    This guidance provides decision support flowcharts, which can be used to identify any immediate attention or advice to give to the patient and to determine the appropriate provider of subsequent care. Further advice is also provided about the initial management and subsequent care. A Web App is also available
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    Emergency Dental Care

    For advice on managing care for patients with a dental emergency. This guidance can be applied to suit local circumstances.
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    Drug Prescribing for Dentistry

    This guidance brings together advice on dental prescribing from the BNF and BNFC and presents it in a problem-orientated style.
  • Dental Clinical Effectiveness Newsletter June 2020

    The latest Dental Clinical Effectiveness Newsletter June 2020 is available here.

Latest Scottish Dental News

Updated information for patients about remobilisation of dental services

13th July 2020

As the lockdown measures continue to ease in Scotland it’s now possible to access a wider range of dental services within your local community As of 13th July 2020, we have updated our page: Dental Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic: information for patients in Scotland Read the full article

Phase 3 Remobilisation of NHS Dental Services

10th July 2020

Today sees the release of three important documents from The Scottish Government about the remobilisation of NHS dental services in Scotland. Read the full article