The current COVID-19 crisis is affecting businesses of all sizes and people from all walks of life. Unfortunately, the dental industry is no exception. The American Dental Association has put forth recommendations that dentists should postpone all elective procedures for the next few weeks.
Here at CTC Associates, we know that this is a stressful and uncertain time. Luckily there are ways to make this new process a little easier. Below are some guidelines on how to differentiate emergency procedures from non-essential ones:
Dental emergencies refer to any situation in which a patient needs care in order to save a tooth, stop bleeding, or relieve severe pain. The possibility of an infected tooth is also considered an emergency, as it could quickly become a life-threatening situation.
The American Dental Association released a guide on essential vs. non-essential procedures during this time of uncertainty. The following situations qualify as essential:
Now is the time to consider expanding your accessibility to provide a diagnosis remotely through teledentistry. Telehealth, through HIPPA-approved apps such as FaceTime or Facebook Messenger, can be very valuable tools.
We know that things feel uncertain and stressful, but CTC Associates is here to help you navigate this unprecedented situation for your patients, your practice, and your staff. Please contact CTC Associates for more information.