Introduction & Information

Dental services around Australia continue to care for their patients as we all battle through the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Practices around the country where there are no stay at home restrictions and low numbers of COVID-19 cases will be able to look after all of your dental health needs, including seeing you for your regular check up and clean. In areas where there are stay at home restrictions, people are still allowed to visit the dentist for necessary dental care and It is important that you do not put off or delay going to the dentist if you are experiencing dental problems.

Maintaining your oral health is more important now than ever and we’d encourage you to keep in contact with your dentist and to use the information on this page to help you to manage your dental health.

Frequently Asked Questions

You probably have a lot of questions, so we've put together answers to those that are asked most frequently. 

Is it safe to visit the dentist?

Australian dental practitioners have the highest infection control standards in the world and the safety of their patients and their teams is a cornerstone of Australian dental practice. Where appropriate, dentists may take extra precautions to keep you safe during the pandemic.

You should not delay dental treatment and your dentist is open and ready to help.


How can I find a dentist that will see me?

The Australian Dental Association has a list of dental practices that are safely treating patients for emergency dental treatment only. If your usual dentist is unavailable, you can find someone to help you at

In states or territories where a public health directive has been issued by the state government, your usual dentist may not be able to see you. Please contact your dentist for advice if there is a health directive in your state. 

What should I expect if I do see my dentist?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, additional measures are being taken to stop the spread of the virus. You might see an empty waiting room and be asked to wash your hands or use hand sanitiser as you enter the practice, and on the way out, as well as other social distancing requirements. 

If you have any questions about these additional measures please ask your dentist.

Can I be treated for a dental emergency if I have COVID-19?

If you need urgent dental care and think you may have COVID-19, it’s important to call your dentist or find a dentist near you and discuss your situation.

If you have a dental emergency and have been diagnosed with COVID-19, dental treatment is available as an in-patient or within a hospital setting by appropriately trained and credentialled dental personnel.

Useful Resources

  Find a Dentist

Search for a dentist or dental specialist available to help you throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

  COVID-19 Government Updates

Latest information from the Federal Department of Health on COVID-19 as well as local information for States and Territories.

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