Maine dentist visits will look different as offices reopen

Starting Monday, going to the dentist will look a little different. Before you arrive, in many cases, you’ll have to fill out an online form. Then when you arrive you’ll have to answer these four questions, and then you will be met by an office worker to take your temperature. “Today is an optional reopening for dental practices, it is not mandatory,” Dr. Brad Rand said. As the reopening process starts, Rand said safety is the main priority. “There is a difference between being safe and feeling safe, you can be one or both,” Rand said. “I would say that patients are going to be safe at your dental offices.” Many offices WMTW News 8 spoke with who were open told us they were booked up with appointments, while others are staying closed and are only opened for emergencies. But a visit to the dentist’s office won’t look quite like it used to. “There may be less contact with the individuals and your dental worker may greet you with a mask and a smile although you may not be able to see that smile,” Rand said. Rand said the most important thing right now is just that everyone feels comfortable going to the dentist and that everyone feels safe.

Starting Monday, going to the dentist will look a little different.

Before you arrive, in many cases, you’ll have to fill out an online form. Then when you arrive you’ll have to answer these four questions, and then you will be met by an office worker to take your temperature.

“Today is an optional reopening for dental practices, it is not mandatory,” Dr. Brad Rand said.

As the reopening process starts, Rand said safety is the main priority.

“There is a difference between being safe and feeling safe, you can be one or both,” Rand said. “I would say that patients are going to be safe at your dental offices.”

Many offices WMTW News 8 spoke with who were open told us they were booked up with appointments, while others are staying closed and are only opened for emergencies. But a visit to the dentist’s office won’t look quite like it used to.

“There may be less contact with the individuals and your dental worker may greet you with a mask and a smile although you may not be able to see that smile,” Rand said.

Rand said the most important thing right now is just that everyone feels comfortable going to the dentist and that everyone feels safe.

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