Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Your Dental Visit - An Exercise in Patience

We've all heard (and are tired of hearing) the term "new normal".  It is an unfortunate but inevitable circumstance of the COVID-19 pandemic. Doctors and dentists have had to rearrange their scheduling, their staff and their sanitation practices to be in compliance with the FDA, ADA & others.  Here are some things you might expect when you visit the dentist for the first time since the pandemic began:
  • Longer wait times for appointments, especially routine appointments
  • You will probably need to wear a mask until you are in the chair
  • Dr.'s and staff will be wearing extra protection
  • You may not be able to have another person present for your visit
  • Expect to have your temperature checked 
  • Expect to be asked to wait in your car until your appointment time.
While many of you will just be expecting a routine exam and cleaning, many others have waited for months for root canals, crowns and fillings. It is likely that they will hold priority, so for routine care, you may have to wait for a couple of months.  
Of course, your patience is appreciated!  Try to be understanding of the delays and remember that this is not the fault of the dentist or his/her staff.  

Keep Smiling!

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