The COVID-19 pandemic has changed virtually everything about our lives. Many of us are working from home, some of us are out of a job, and essential workers are risking their lives trying to keep our society afloat. One aspect of society that hasn’t changed too much is dentistry. The American Dental Association recommended that all dentists only treat emergency patients for a while. However, many of them are beginning to open back up to patients with other needs, such as fillings or cleanings. Keep reading to learn what you can expect at your first appointment after your dentist in Orange Park opens back up.
Before Your Appointment
Your dentist’s office is one of the healthiest places you could possibly be. To keep it that way, your dental team may give you a call prior to your appointment to make sure you aren’t displaying any symptoms or haven’t come into contact with any confirmed cases of the virus. They may also repeat these questions once you arrive just in case something has changed.
The staff may also limit the number of people you’re allowed to bring with you into the office. You may have to leave your children at home to help prevent the spread of germs.
During Your Appointment
When you arrive at the office, you may be asked to wait in your car until the doctor is ready for you. This will reduce the number of people in the office at the same time. If you are allowed in the waiting room, you may notice that there are little or no magazines or toys laid out for patients. This is another precaution to help prevent the transmission of germs.
While you’re sitting in the dental chair, you may notice that a few things look different. For example, the keyboard may have a disposable cover on it so it can be changed after every patient. The dental team may also be wearing additional personal protective equipment, such as face shields and shoe coverings, just to be on the safe side.
After Your Appointment
After you leave, your dentist’s staff will thoroughly clean every area that you have touched with disinfectant that is effective against the virus. This should prevent any germs you may be carrying from being transferred to the patients who come in after you.
It’s important to remember that regular visits with your dentist in Orange Park are critical in maintaining good oral – and overall – health. Once your dentist opens up again, go ahead and call them to schedule your next checkup and cleaning. Your dentist will make sure it’s as safe as possible.
About the Author
Dr. Natasha Patel studied dentistry in India before attending the Nova Southeastern University School of Dental Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She takes pride in ensuring her patients stay as comfortable as possible while also providing quality care. To learn more about her office and how she keeps it safe for all her patients, contact Dr. Patel’s office at (904) 278-9011.