Are you nervous about coming in for your next appointment? Do you have a friend or family member avoiding an important dental treatment because they are afraid of being in public places? A recent article on Today.com discusses why you shouldn’t put your dental health at risk during the pandemic and why dental practices are safe. Read the article here: https://www.today.com/health/what-expect-dentist-s-during-covid-19-pandemic-t188567
For the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic, dental practices could only be open for emergency visits, but that is no longer the case. If you missed a check-up or have been putting a treatment on hold, we want you to know it is safe to come back. In the article, President of the American Dental Association, Dr. Chad Gehani, talks about how he had a damaged filling and, because he couldn’t be seen during the time when practices were closed, his condition grew worse, and it turned out that he needed a root canal. His cautionary tale is that dental problems, when addressed in the early stages, can be more easily fixed, and not to mention less costly. Letting small issues go only results in them getting worse over time, leading to greater pain, discomfort, and more complex treatments.
The article also explains the various safety precautions that dental practices have incorporated into their already stringent safety routines. From asking for temperature checks at check-in to even more sanitization methods than those we used before, we are going the extra mile to protect you and our staff.
Dentists have been working with patients with viruses before COVID-19 and, therefore, have existing protocols on how to work in this type of environment. According to Dr. Gehani, “The dentist’s office is a very, very safe place for patients to have their treatment done.”
If you have questions or concerns about visiting our office, please don’t hesitate to contact us, and we will be happy to go through our protocol with you.