In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, most dental offices are only providing emergency services in accordance with state requirements. Although you may not be able to see a dentist for non-emergency issues right now, it’s best to schedule an appointment for timely care once restrictions have lessened.
Why Schedule Your Dental Appointment Now?
If you need immediate care for a serious or painful issue, you can still make an appointment at one of these dental offices. For non-emergency issues, however, you will have to wait a bit longer.
How long will dentists be asked to adhere to local social distancing orders? While no one can say for sure, most experts agree that restrictions will be eased in the coming weeks. Once dental offices start operating at full capacity, there will be a very high demand from patients seeking examinations, restorative treatments and cosmetic procedures.
To make sure you are able to get an appointment, it’s a good idea to call your dentist and schedule ahead. If for some reason social distancing measures last longer than expected, you can always reschedule to a later date.
Preserving Your Dental Health During a Pandemic
Even in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s important to prioritize your dental health. This means following the ADA’s recommendations for brushing and flossing. It also means scheduling regular dental checkups to help identify minor problems before they evolve into serious issues.
While you may not be able to get an appointment for non-emergency services now; you can take steps to avoid lengthy wait times when dental offices begin operating normally in the coming weeks. The quicker you act, the faster you will be able to get a cleaning, exam, restorative treatment or cosmetic procedure without extended delays.