Learn About Dentist Appointments and Coronavirus
Whether is it your first or your fiftieth dentist appointment, you may have some concerns, especially when it comes to new protocols following the coronavirus pandemic. It is completely common to have dentist appointment concerns, and even more so with COVID-19. In this blog post we wanted to help clear the air and provide insight into what you need to know about dentist appointments and coronavirus. Keep reading to learn more.
Are you seeing patients now?
Due to government mandate to help stop the spread of the virus, all dentist offices are closed for all elective procedures. We are still able to see patients for emergency treatment including pain, swelling, chipped or broken teeth, or any other dental issue requiring urgent care. If you are unsure if your dental issue is urgent, please don’t hesitate to contact our office for guidance.
Are there any precautions you are taking for dentist appointments and coronavirus?
Aside from the regular sanitation practices we always practice at our office we may be enhancing our protocols going forward once we receive further guidance and recommendations from local, state, and federal authorities. Our patients health and safety is our top priority and we may take patients temperatures prior to their appointments, and schedule our appointments in a manner that minimizes contact with other patients in our waiting rooms. We are also actively looking into several local disinfection services that will help ensure our office is fully disinfected and sanitized. Patients will likely also be asked to wear a mask to their appointment, which is already being recommended when going out in public. If you have questions or concerns about your dentist appointment and coronavirus protocols, please contact us for clarification.
Are dental x-rays safe?
Dental x-rays are rather safe today, especially due to the advent of digital x-rays. This innovation in x-ray technology cuts the radiation level dramatically, and all our machines are collimated to prevent the scatter of x-rays. We drape our patients with lead aprons, and there is no risk of any complications.
What if I have a latex allergy?
It is not uncommon to find latex allergies among our patients. Though many aspects of the field of dentistry are based in latex, we have several latex-free alternatives to the products that we use in our office, and we ready and willing to accommodate patients with a variety of needs including people with concerns over their dentist appointments and coronavirus.
Can I go to the dentist while pregnant?
Pregnancy is usually not that great of an issue when going to the dentist. There is always a concern with dental x-rays, so we tend not to take x-rays when a woman is pregnant. If there is an emergency and we need to take an x-ray, we can “double drape.” We use lead aprons that will protect the fetus. In addition, most obstetricians tend to tell us not to use anesthetics in the first trimester, especially those that contain vasoconstrictors. If you’re pregnant and have concerns about your dentist appointments and coronavirus, we encourage you to contact us prior to scheduling an appointment so we can help put your mind at ease.
What if I have diabetes?
People who live with diabetes are more prone to gum disease. The condition is a common cause of loss of teeth in adults who have diabetes, and it is important for the dentist to know this. Also, diabetic people have some reduced healing properties, so precaution must be taken if there are any surgical procedures that must be performed in the mouth. It is always beneficial to know these facts so that we can prepare and do what we can to help our patients.
Learn More About Dentist Appointments and Coronavirus
If you have any further questions or concerns about dentist appointments and coronavirus, contact our Buffalo dentist office to schedule a free consultation today. In the meantime, stay safe and healthy and we look forward to seeing you all soon.