COVID-19: What to Expect When Your Dentist Office Reopens
COVID-19 pandemic has changed many things about our daily lives. Your regular visits to the dentist have changed, too.
The ADA recommended that dentists postpone all but emergency procedures until April 30 to reduce the spread of the virus.
Now that this date has passed and states are reopening, dental practices are seeing patients for non-emergency appointments. The American Dental Association released additional guidelines for dentists to adhere to. These extra steps taken are in addition to the infection control procedures set forth to help protect their patients and staff.
What to Expect Before Your Appointment When the Dentist Office Reopens
When the dentist office reopens, make sure that patients arriving for their appointments are healthy. Your dental office may call you before your visit date and ask you some questions about your current health. They may also repeat these questions when you arrive to make sure nothing has changed. Your dentist’s office staff may also ask that you limit the number of people you bring to the appointment. That could mean leaving your children at home or allowing older children to go into the office alone. At the same time, their parent waits outside during their appointment.
New York requires people to wear masks in public, be sure to wear one to your appointment. When you arrive at the dental office, you may be asked to wait outside until they’re ready for you. This will reduce the number of people in the office and reduce the amount of time you’re close to other people. When you enter the office, you may have your temperature taken. Read further on LinkedIn
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