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Old 05-15-2020, 02:27 PM
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Originally Posted by SanyBelle View Post
I just posted this in the current events forum, sorry to repost here but I'd like more opinions!

I have my 6 month dental appointment on Monday. I called today to see if they were opened yet and they told me they are, all employees are covered head to toe, they won't let more than 3 people in the waiting room at one time, they are taking all the required precautions. I'm still nervous, they said they are getting a lot of calls like mine. They will call tomorrow to ask me questions to determine if I can come in.

I'm older (64) but healthy. I'm in Miami where there are quite a few cases and deaths.

I'm taking a poll, should I go in or should I postpone for awhile? Thanks!
Wow. 3 people in the waiting room? How long will you be sitting there? Plus people in the chairs? That's a lot! There will be little time for disinfecting and airing out the rooms between patients.
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Old 05-15-2020, 03:31 PM
Location: Chicago, IL
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Originally Posted by BigRedBeth View Post
I saw my dentist last week for the first time in months. Had the same experience as southernnaturelover. In my opinion the dentist and hygienist are in a lot more danger than you are, from the the aerosols hitting them. They were fully suited, masked , and shielded at my office but it still must be frightening for them.
Dentists are in a lot more direct danger, although the greater fear for patients (most who won't have N95 masks) is that, especially in an indoor environment, the idea that lots of aerosols are being produced that could be lingering around.

Most dentists will have N95 masks and substantial shielding. But as a patient, if you are next up in a room that has potentially produced hours worth of lingering aerosols, there is some consternation. We don't even know the extent to which suspended viral aerosols hypothetically really can cause infection. It's more speculation at this point. But that would be the only hypothetical risk for patients (assuming most dental offices will be meticulously cleaning chairs and even waiting room areas).
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Old 05-16-2020, 09:38 AM
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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We just got an email from our dentist who is opening back up Monday 5/18. The waiting room is closed. When you arrive, stay in the car and they will text you when ready. Masks required until seated in the dental chair. You will then use hand sanitizer and peroxide mouth rinse. No cash or check payment, only debit or credit cards, and you must dictate the numbers (through mask) to the front desk person so no contact. If you didn’t bring a card you can call it in after you get home. Since they have been closed for 6 weeks, people with pain get first priority before routine cleaning/checkup.
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Old 05-19-2020, 11:02 AM
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Originally Posted by LilLisa83 View Post
The ADA reports that dentist offices are open again May 1. My cleaning is scheduled for May 12. I'm a little nervous with everything going on. Should I cancel or just go? This virus is stressing me out..... If I cancel, I was thinking about rescheduling for June. Thoughts? The receptionist said only 2 patients allowed at a Time and patient will wait in their car until they are called...
Why? What do you think will be different in June?

Originally Posted by oldgardener View Post
I'd wait.
Again, to what end? If anything, waiting will just mean that more and more people will have gone through the office. Unless you're planning on waiting until a vaccine is available, I don't see any purpose is waiting a month or two before going to the dentist.

FWIW, I had my regularly-scheduled cleaning last week.
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Old 05-19-2020, 12:52 PM
Location: San Francisco, CA
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My six month cleaning is next week and I will go. I too see no reason to postpone it for 2 or 3 months.
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Old 05-19-2020, 01:36 PM
Location: Greenville, SC
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SanyBelle I would go, but you should wait in the car until they either call you in or escort you in. That's what mine did.
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Old 05-24-2020, 11:52 AM
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I'm going this week. There are certain things I can't put off. One dentist in our area had a very good ad. He said they are taking precautions to protect everyone because they are as afraid of us as we are of them. Very true!
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Old 05-24-2020, 12:10 PM
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Some dentist are only open for emergancy`s right now. Also it may take a while too get an appointment.
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