Many patients are asking how the Coronavirus is affecting dental care. The American Dental Association has issued guidelines for dentists to follow that are in line with what we are being told by the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control. As of March 2020, dentists have been advised to postpone any and all dental procedures except those that are needed to treat infection, pain, or other time-sensitive conditions that can be considered urgent. Some of these urgent procedures include denture adjustments to relieve sores, suture removal, and replacement of provisional restorations that may not hold up over an extended period of time with permanent restorations.
The scope of these procedures considered prudent to offer right now are quite narrow, so we have reduced our office hours accordingly. We are still available to help our community as needed, but all cleaning and checkup appointments have been cancelled and will be re-scheduled as soon as we are permitted to do so.
When patients do visit our office, we continue to observe all the best practices for infection control and have enhanced them in light of the things we are learning about the transmission of the Coronavirus. As part of the health care community, we are doing all we can to help serve those who need are help, while being prudent about social distancing so that we can help flatten the curve and reduce the risk of disease transmission in our community here in Valley County.