How to Safely Go to the Dentist During Coronavirus
Governor Cuomo announced that dentist offices can open for routine dental care throughout the state. Here's what you need to know about staying safe.
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Installing physical barriers between reception and patients
Placing chairs in the waiting room 6 feet apart
Removing toys, magazines, and other frequently touched objects from waiting rooms
Limiting the number of people in the waiting room at one time (patients may opt to wait in the car)
Disinfecting surfaces more often
Cleaning, replacing, and covering tools between use
Covering your mouth with a rubber dental dam during cleanings
Minimize overlapping appointments in a given day
Reducing the number of staff working at a given time
Dental providers will be following a number of specific hand and respiratory hygiene precautions before entering patient rooms and after dental care is completed as well as dental equipment and cleaning recommendations. You can read more about it and about all safety precautions being taken by dental providers on the CDC’s website.
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What You Should do if You Have a Dental Appointment Scheduled:
Stay home if you’re sick
Limit the person coming with you to only those absolutely necessary
Wear a face mask at all times you are not being examined by the dentist
Maintain at least 6 feet between you and any other patients and staff at all times
If you rely on magazines in waiting rooms to pass the time until your appointment, bring one with you