COVID-19: What to Expect at the Dentist

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot of things in our lives from traveling, shopping, and dining to medical, and dental appointments.

A report published in The Journal of the American Dental Association (ADA) stated that 99 percent of dentists were using enhanced infection control procedures such as screening and enhanced disinfection practices when treating patients. The report added that fewer than one percent of dentists nationwide were found to be COVID-19 positive.

The ADA developed science-based guidance for dentists on extra steps they can take to help protect their patients and staff. Your dental office may call you before your appointment and ask questions about your health. They will ask that you wear a mask to your appointment and your temperature will be checked upon arrival. They may also ask that you limit the number of people you bring to the appointment.

Is Visiting the Dentist Safe?

COVID-19: Temperature take at DentistYes, you may be asked to wait outside until they are ready for you. This will reduce the number of people in the office and the amount of time you are close to other people. Once you enter the office, you may have your temperature taken and be asked a few health questions.

You may notice some things look different from the last time you were there. The waiting room may not have magazines available and other things people can touch. Hand sanitizer will be available for you to use throughout the office.

Your dentist and hygienist may be wearing different personal protective equipment (PPE) than they’ve worn at previous appointments. This could include different masks, face shields, gowns, and goggles. Also, the computer and keyboard may be covered with a disposable cover so it can be easily cleaned between patients. These additional precautions help protect you and the dental staff.

After your appointment, the dental staff will thoroughly clean the room you were in with effective disinfectants to prepare for the next patient.

Remember, regular dental visits are an essential part of your overall health. Professional teeth cleanings should be scheduled twice a year. Even if you brush and floss daily, you should get regular cleanings. Getting your teeth cleaned and polished not only gives you a great smile, but it also prevents future decay and gum disease. Dental x-rays are normally done once a year. To make an appointment at Webster Dental, Call 630.663.0554. Our dental office is located in the heart of downtown Downers Grove at 1121 Warren Avenue, Suite 130, in Downers Grove, Illinois 60515.