Is it Safe to go to the Dentist During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Wednesday - 06.24.2020

Is it safe to get dental care during COVID-19?

How We are Keeping You and Your Family Safe During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically impacted the care delivery of dentists around the world. According to the America Dental Association, during the first phase of the pandemic, over 90 percent of dental practices led the way in reducing the spread of the novel coronavirus by closing or electing to only provide urgent and emergency-only services.

The Center of Disease Control has released updated guidelines and states are beginning to lift the stay-at-home order. Though the service and care we provide has always been done in the safest possible manner, following OSHA, and industry protocols, we have established several additional protective measures to reduce the risks posed by the virus.

If you are in need of dental care, you are probably wondering what additional safety precautions we are taking to ensure your well-being during COVID-19.

As states begin to open up and more people are put on the schedule for dental procedures, rest assured that the health and safety of our patients and employees remains our number one priority. Listed below are measures we have in place to safeguard our patients and staff:

  • We are continuing to monitor the health of our staff daily by taking temperatures
  • All staff will wear required PPE at all times
  • We are staggering the use of our treatment areas to minimize social contact and allow for extra cleaning and time between patients
  • Though, in many cases, we are expanding treatment options beyond urgent and emergency-only care, treatment is still limited and some procedures have been modified to help eliminate the risk of COVID-19 spreading
  • We are pre-screening patients via phone before every appointment, and screening upon arrival
  • We are limiting the number of people allowed in the waiting room at any given time and are requiring the use of a mask
  • We will provide you with liquid hand sanitizer upon arrival and ask you to rinse your mouth our with mouthwash before any treatment
  • We have forms available online to minimize your time and social contact during the check-in process
  • After your care is completed, we will walk you to the door and help you schedule any necessary follow-up care
  • Any transaction will be handled at the end of each visit; we encourage credit card transactions to limit social contact; if paying cash, we will gather the transaction at the front desk in a plastic baggie to limit contact
  • Your receipt will be mailed to you after the transaction is complete

We take the health of our communities very seriously, which is why 70 percent of our practices stayed open and continued providing emergency care through the pandemic – to not only provide care to those who needed it most, but to help alleviate pressure on the local emergency rooms and reduce the spread of the virus.

We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

Learn more about our COVID response and what to expect at your appointment.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Elaina with DentaQuest

This blog is designed to provide general information and discussions about health and dental-related subjects. No doctor/dentist to patient relationship is established by your use of this blog or website. We are not providing any treatment or diagnosis on this blog, and it is not intended to offer specific dental or medical advice to anyone. The information or other content provided in this blog is not a substitute for professional dental expertise or treatment. We will do our best to provide you with information that will help you make your own healthcare decisions, however no guarantees or warranties are made regarding any of the information contained within this blog. If you have questions about any of the information presented on this blog, you should consult with your dentist. The dentists at Advantage Denlta from DentaQuest are licensed to practice in the state of Oregon and this blog is not intended to solicit patients from other states. External links may be provided on this blog as a service and convenience to our patients and other visitors to our blog. These external sites are created and maintained by other public and private organizations, and we do not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance or timeliness of any outside information.