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 … Read More
Last updated: 8:30 a.m., May 12, 2020
The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is an unprecedented event that has impacted every part of the globe. Pennsylvania has seen a similar unprecedented burden of COVID-19 and has taken equally unprecedented measures to save lives and reduce morbidity of the COVID-19 virus.
The commonwealth has responded aggressively to the spread of COVID-19, first by working to contain the virus through contact tracing and quarantines for residents who came in contact with someone who tested positive for the virus to slow sustained community spread. When sustained community spread was established, the commonwealth moved to mitigation efforts early in the response by issuing orders to close schools and non-life-sustaining businesses; and to restrict large gatherings. This decision to respond aggressively has proven to be an essential and effective measure to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and ultimately save an unrealized number of Pennsylvanians’ lives.
As dentist offices start to reopen following coronavirus shutdowns, many dental hygienists say they are worried it might be too soon to see patients.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have advised elective procedures and non-urgent dental visits to be postponed. For dental offices that are open, the CDC’s recommendations include requiring everyone entering to wear a face mask or covering, screening patients for fever or coronavirus symptoms before they enter and screening employees before each shift.
Many offices are welcoming patients as states have started to reopen businesses. Each state allowing dentists to reopen has different standards that offices must follow.
So what are dentists doing to protect their patients and their workers as the coronavirus pandemic continues?
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A dentist in the Pittsburgh area said patients will be screened before their arrival to see if they have any signs of coronavirus, according to KDKA.
OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – As many offices open back up, people can start seeing their dentist for non-emergency procedures again.
One dentist says she’s seen an increase in need for dental professionals during the pandemic because not every provider had their doors open.
During Shelter-in-Place, people could only see the dentist for emergencies. Dr. Rachelle Beebe says the best way to describe an emergency is if someone is feeling pain.
Beebe, a dentist at Moore Dentistry and Braces, was in the midst of opening a second dental practice, i240 Dental, before the pandemic started. The opening has been pushed back until May 4.
She says quarantine has made some people more aware of their dental health.
“Because we have so many people that came in during the pandemic in pain, and now we have so many people noticing during quarantine, they have a little pain when chewing or discomfort, it
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – Monday will be a big day in Kentucky. The day non-emergency healthcare will get the go-ahead to continue after weeks of only seeing emergency patients.
“We won’t open until we know we’ll be doing all the things necessary to keep people completely safe,” says Dr. Justice.
One dentist warns not so fast.
“I don’t think it’s realistic, and I think I can speak for the entire dental community in saying that we would not feel very comfortable about opening on Monday,” says dentist Dr. Laura Justice.
Doctor Justice says right now there are no guidelines from the Board of Dentistry and the Kentucky Dental Association. She’s deciding to wait a week or so to open her doors.
“It’s great for the economy, but we don’t want to do it prematurely for the safety of our patients and our staff,” says Dr. Justice.
When those doors open,