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Bowe Dental Clinics Reopening May 18th

Bowe Dental Clinics (Limerick and Foynes) will both resume normal operating hours from 8.30am on Monday May 18th in line with Dental Council of Ireland’s guidance as part of the government’s road map for re-opening society and business.

“The safety of our patients and staff is my highest priority and all standard and upgraded precautions ensure we are providing dental services in the safest way possible. I wish to reassure patients that even though our uniforms, gowns and masks may have changed we are still the same people underneath. We intend to continue to care for you and sort out your dental problems in a timely and caring way.”

Dr. Robert Bowe

Appointments are available by phoning 061 608 186 and you must ring in advance.


Covid-19-safety-ppeOur COVID-19 Safety Procedures

All our dentists & nurses have been trained to a very high standard and follow stringent infection control precautions as a matter of course during normal day to day operations in the clinic. Our clinics are adhering strictly to the Guidance on Managing Infection Related Risks in Dental Services in the Context of the COVID-19 Emergency. We also continue to adhere to the code of practice relating to infection control and prevention issued by the Dental Council.

In these unprededented times we have also further upgraded our controls and have added the following new measures in order to ensure the safety of our staff and our patients:

  1. Additional PPE  (preventative protective equipment) for staff including N95 masks
  2. Introduction of social distancing measures (including limiting the number of patients on site at any one time)
  3. Increased use of hand sanitizer in waiting room for all patients
  4. Temperature checks for staff and patients

Dr Bowe would like to reassure all our patients that your safety and the safety of our staff is his highest priority at Bowe Dental Clinics , therefore he has created 3 short videos to explain all the procedures that are now in place to keep everyone safe when visiting the clinics:

Dr Bowe would like to reassure all our patients that the safety of our patients and our staff is his highest priority at Bowe Dental Clinics

Dr Bowe explains why is is safe visit the dentist during the Covid-19 pandemic and standard infection control procedures

Dr Bowe explains the extra procedures that we have put in place at Bowe Dental Clinics in light of the Covid-19 Pandemic


Our New Process For Appointments

In order to comply with all HSE and public safety advice we have decided to implement the following 5-step process for all our appointments in order to limit the amount of patients in our clinic and to ensure your safety at all times:

  1. Ring for an appt or email us. Don’t just turn up.
  2. We will ask you some questions over the phone to screen you and make sure it’s safe for you to attend.
  3. Let us know when you have arrived for your appointment, wait in car and we will call you to come in.
  4. Enter the clinic, use hand sanitizer and have your temperature checked.
  5. Go into the surgery to meet the dentist (who will be wearing PPE) and receive the treatment you need.

NOTE: Please do not turn up to the clinic without phoning us first!


Some other questions that you might have:

What happens if I need emergency dental treatment before May 18th?

In the meantime we are currently operating an Emergency Clinic in our Roxboro branch from Monday to Friday 10am-Midday providing a range of emergency dentistry services including same day tooth removal, repair of fractured teeth and emergency pain relief.

What if I live more than 5km from Bowe Dental Clinic?

A dental appointment is an allowable excursion outside of the 5km radius as it constitutes essential travel as designated by Government. If you need an appointment, wish to discuss your treatment or just need advice, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 061 608 186.

Will I be charged extra for emergency treatment?

Our fees remain unchanged and we are absolutely not charging a separate emergency or call out fee. We also continue to see private, PRSI, medical card, and health insurance patients as normal.

What if I am nervous or unable to come into the clinic?

If you have any concerns or are unable to come into the clinic Dr. Bowe is also available to give advice to his patients over mobile and there is no fee for this service. Please call the clinic to request a call from Dr. Bowe.

What about non-emergency treatments?

As mentioned above, Bowe Dental will be fully re-open for all dental treatments on May 18th. Please phone or email us to schedule your appointment.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming all our patients back to continue with your treatments!

 

COVID-19 Emergency Clinics

Bowe Dental are operating an Emergency Clinic in our Roxboro branch from Monday to Friday 10am-Midday providing a range of emergency dentistry services including same day tooth removal, repair of fractured teeth and emergency pain relief.

“The safety of our patients and staff is my highest priority and all standard and upgraded precautions ensure we are providing dental services in the safest way possible. I wish to reassure patients that even though our uniforms, gowns and masks may have changed we are still the same people underneath. We intend to continue to care for you and sort out your dental problems in a timely and caring way.”

Dr. Robert Bowe

Appointments are available by phoning 061 608 186 and you must ring in advance.

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How to Claim 20% Tax Back on Your Non-Routine Dentistry

Claim 20% Tax Back on Dental Expenses

Med 2 Form – Patients be informed!!

Many patients are unaware that they can claim back 20% on most non-routine dentistry through a Med 2 Form. Simply ask us if your treatments qualify to claim your tax back and leave the filling out of your Med 2 up to us.

Why leave it unclaimed? It is your money for the taking!

Here is the list of the specific dental expenses you can claim tax back on below.

  • Crowns
  • Veneers
  • Tip Replacing
  • Post and Core Build ups
  • Inlays
  • Root canals
  • Periodontal treatment
  • Orthodontic treatment
  • Surgical extraction of impacted wisdom teeth
  • Bridgework

How to Claim Tax Back On Qualifying Dental Expenses

To claim tax back for non-routine dental expenses your dentist must complete a Med 2 Form which is essentially a receipt for your dental expenses.

You do not need to send your Med 2 to Revenue, but you should keep it in your records. You may be requested to provide it if Revenue need to check your claim.

You then claim the dental expenses by claiming health expenses as usual at the end of the tax year and supplying the figure for dental expenses.

For more information see the Revenue website http://www.revenue.ie/en/personal-tax-credits-reliefs-and-exemptions/health-and-age/health-expenses/dental-expenses.aspx or the Citizens’ Information website http://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/money_and_tax/tax/income_tax_credits_and_reliefs/taxation_and_medical_expenses.html