For starters, we were closed for the last 7 weeks. We were available via our clinic cell phone for emergencies. I don't know if people were just scared or their tolerance ramped up but we barely had to go in.
We have a detailed telephonic consultation to first ensure the patient has not shown any signs and symptoms or actually contracted COVID-19.
We also ensure they have
Once this is done, the tooth issue is discussed. We can diagnose the issue in most cases and are able to discuss potential treatment options over the phone,
For now, we are only seeing one patient at a time.A particular time slot is set.
They are seated and given a virucidal rinse like Hydrogen Peroxide or Povidone Iodine.
The treating dentist and chairside assistant are wearing complete PPE suits, which not only
This ensures a barrier between the air in the room and the patient's saliva so again minimizing the chances of aerosols containing the patient's saliva.
Currently we are not advising taking NSAIDS like Combiflam as the data is not clear on the ill effects.
Payments are only collected via digital platforms like UPI/NEFT to avoid cross contamination from cash/checks/credit cards.
Patients are followed up to ensure they don't develop
I personally don't know how long we will have to follow all these protocols. The CDC is already saying the virus does not get spread from inanimate objects.
Some surgeons might feel we are over doing the PPE usage.We might feel the same soon.
Some things will remain constant for life. The fogger, air purifier, electric handpieces, Rubber Dam etc.
We hope we are able to practice based of a fixed schedule
Right now we are only working one session. The suits are not at all comfortable. But it all boils down to my goal for 2020 which is SURVIVAL!
There is a huge cost associated with all these
There was a fantastic line in the movie Jerry Maguire. He says "Help me help you".
I say the same line to my patients and all of you.
Share any and all information. Keep your appointment as best as you can. If you are unable to make it, or are running late, call right away.
Discuss all treatment options with an open mind.
Hence we are taking these additional measures. They might change as we understand better how to handle this terrible virus. Personally I believe in patient education.
The local Indian Dental Association has arranged a webinar where 3 of us will be speaking to all the members about this.
Feel free to reach out if you have any questions and querries.
This is a picture of me in February about to welcome my patient into the operatory. The gloves and masks used to