When the WHO declared the Covid-19 outbreak to be a pandemic, the American Dental Association (ADA) advised dental offices to pause routine care and attend to only emergency dental care in the months of March, April, and parts of May.
Most people are hesitant to visit the dentist's office out of fear of coronavirus infection. According to a survey conducted by the North American Dental Group, 71% of survey participants were found to be uncomfortable visiting a dentist for procedures that can be conducted at a later point in time.
The fact to be pointed out here, though, is that visiting a dentist is a low-risk activity and that dentists and nurses are at a higher risk than the patient. Most dental offices in the US have reopened for routine care since mid-May. In the last four months, no evidence of Covid-19 transmission through the dental office has been found.
Dentists have always been at high risk for infectious disease and are hence infection control experts themselves. Ever since the spread of HIV and Hepatitis, we have been taking all steps necessary to fight the possibility of coming in contact with harmful viruses. We treat every dentist as a possible carrier of an infectious disease. Patients, hence, need not fear to book their appointments.
The change Covid-19 has brought to our already precautious system is that our PPE has stepped up from only gloves and surgical masks to full-fledged face shields or industrial masks.
Since the number of Covid cases is declining, patients seem to be inclined to visit their dentist again. When we reopened our office, we were pleasantly surprised to see a backlog of appointments that we had to schedule for the whole month.
As per the recommendation of ADA, we limit the number of patients in the waiting room by strictly following a selective number of appointments at a time. Shared objects such as magazines and toys have been put away, keeping the patients' best interests in mind. Check-in procedures have mostly been digitalized so that physical forms need not be filled out at the reception. Screening procedures include a detailed questionnaire about the patient's health, travel history, and possible contact with Covid-positive patients.
Upon entering the dental office, the patient's temperature is taken to check any signs of fever, and they are asked to rinse their mouth with hydrogen peroxide solution before the dentist checks his or her mouth. All dentists, assistants, and executives at the office wear masks and PPE.
All necessary precautions are being taken so that patients can visit our dental offices without any worry. Skipping routine health checkups can prove detrimental and may have a cascading effect on the overall physical health as well. Neglecting biannual cleanups can lead to gum diseases that have proven to pose a risk to heart disease, arthritis, and other critical health issues. The ADA, too, supports the reopening of dental offices for routine care as patients are better off if they receive their regular dental service.
If you have missed a dental appointment in the middle of the pandemic or are due for the next one, do not hesitate to book an appointment right away. Call us at (719) 576-5566 for more information.
1930 S Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80905
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Tuesday7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Friday8:00 am - 2:00 pm
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