During these challenging times for our country, many dentists have temporarily closed their offices to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Thus, if you visit your local dentist’s website, you’re likely to see a notice that reflects the same. However, most dentists are still offering emergency services. If you’re wondering how dental offices are staying safe and clean during COVID-19, read on to get the answers you’re looking for. Furthermore, you’ll discover why, if a dental emergency should arise, you can feel comfortable with receiving the care you need.
Strict Protocols Set Forth to Protect the Public
If you’ve been following the news, you’ve probably heard about the protective guidelines issued by President Trump and the COVID-19 response team. However, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has also provided some protocols and precautions to prevent dental healthcare professionals and patients from spreading the virus. This doesn’t present much of a stressor for dental offices, because they are already known for being immaculately clean environments.
Here are some of the protective measures that have been set in place:
- To properly wash hands with water and soap (plain or antimicrobial), and to perform thorough hand scrubs when preparing for oral surgery
- To wear personal protective equipment (PPE) – gloves, facial masks, protective eyewear, face shields and disposable gown or lab coat, all to protect the dentist from exposure to infection
- To provide signage for patients with cough or symptoms related to respiratory illness, to limit the possible transmission of infection
- To encourage patients to cover their mouths and nose when sneezing and to wash their hands thoroughly
- To provide trash cans, tissues, hand washing areas and offer masks to patients who are displaying symptoms of COVID-19
- To sterilize and disinfect all equipment
What Happens if You Have a Dental Emergency?
As in any other urgent situation, dental emergencies can happen at the most inopportune times. If, during the COVID-19 crisis, you find yourself dealing with bleeding that won’t stop, a broken or lost tooth, toothache or some other emergent issue, you can still receive the expert care you need to put an end to your suffering and fully recover.
When a dental emergency strikes, the last thing you should have to contemplate is whether it’s safe to visit your dentist in Reynoldsburg for care. By knowing that every step is being taken to ensure that patients and staff stay healthy, you can confidently receive the treatment you need and soon get back to leading a normal life.
About the Author
Dr. Walter Mick earned his dental degree from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. A member of several professional organizations, which include the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation, Academy of General Dentistry and Columbus Dental Society, he is a highly skilled and effective dentist. Even during the COVID-19 ordeal, Dr. Mick and his staff are on the frontlines and ready to provide the emergency dental care you may need in a clean and safe environment. He can be reached for more information through his website.