Is it safe to go back to the dentist? Yes!
Susan Doroshow, DDS is a general dentist in Skokie and president of the Chicago Dental Society, the largest society of the American Dental Association in the country. She’s also our dentist and our client.
After the challenges of the COVID-19 shut-down, folks are looking forward to haircuts, dinner on the patio of our favorite local bistro, visiting with the grandkids – and long overdue dental appointments. Although many things will be different about these experiences, you’ll be surprised to see how little has changed at your dentist’s office – because dentists have already been taking steps to make sure that you and their teams are safe during your care! Things like single-use disposable items, protective plastic coverings, heat-sterilized instruments, gloves, face masks and gowns have been part of the treatment experience for decades.
Most of what dentists will be doing differently relates to the social distancing you’ve already come to expect: reconfigured reception rooms, plexiglass barriers at the front desk, “patients-only” in the treatment area, and face masks for everyone in the office. It’s impossible to maintain social distancing during treatment, so you may notice the dental team wearing different protective equipment (“PPE”) like respirator masks, full face shields, googles, full-length surgical gowns, and possibly hair and shoe coverings. To protect staff and other patients who might be ill, your dental team may ask you questions about your health and take your temperature before you are allowed to enter the office.
Each dental office will approach these challenges differently, guided by the science-base recommendations of the American Dental Association, the CDC and the Illinois Department of Public Health. Some things have changed – but what hasn’t is Dentistry’s commitment to patient safety and comfort. So pick up the phone and make that appointment today!
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