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Old 05-11-2020, 02:15 PM
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I had some dental work scheduled for April and that obviously didn’t happen. I just received a text that the dental office will be reopening beginning May 18. They have a long list of precautions that they are taking BUT they will still be inches from my face with their gloved hands in my mouth. I don’t think I’m ready for that! Is anyone feeling comfortable going to the dentist in the near future?


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Old 05-11-2020, 02:19 PM
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The hygenist or dentist would be too close to me and the room is too small. I have no clue as to the health of the ventilation system. No dentist for me .
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Old 05-11-2020, 02:21 PM
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My April appointment has been rescheduled for tomorrow morning. I’m going. I will call when I get to the parking lot and put my mask on. Someone will meet me at my car to take my temperature. They will escort me into a back door directly to the cleaning room. My mask will stay on until cleaning begins.

The “room” is 3-sided. This is newly constructed - open just over a year.

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Old 05-11-2020, 02:21 PM
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I agree with anna, I would not go now unless it was a big emergency. My next appointment is August 14, so I’ll see how we’re doing then.
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Old 05-11-2020, 02:31 PM
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I wouldn't go in for a cleaning because that stirs up bacteria in the mouth Our dentist is a one doctor operation that is always incredibly clean and careful. I would go for necessary fillings, crowns. Fortunately DH had just completed every thing before this all started.


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Old 05-11-2020, 02:43 PM
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Nope. I am overdue for a cleaning and I won't be going for a while. I wouldn't feel comfortable.
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Old 05-11-2020, 02:51 PM
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I had a temporary crown put on right before the Stay at Home Order went into effect. I had an appointment 2 weeks after it started, and they postponed it for a couple of weeks. I had to go ahead and go, even though they were restricting a lot of things. I was impressed. I came in the office, and they took my temperature. I was the only patient there. They had me swish with a peroxide mouthwash. Everyone had gloves and masks on and they were very careful. It wasn't bad at all.
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Old 05-11-2020, 03:15 PM
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I was suppose to get my cleaning a week after safer at home began. I generally get my teeth cleaned three times a year. I am putting it off until I feel more comfortable. I have been super diligent with flossing, using a waterpik, brushing, and mouthwash. I am actually surprised that my teeth aren’t bugging me
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Old 05-11-2020, 03:32 PM
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I went last week. No one in waiting room had to wear a mask in. Wash my hands before I sat down. Of course they are all in masks and gloves. The hygienist wiped everything including counters down every time she touched anything. Office behind plexiglass. I felt very safe- their office is also new! It was actually nice to go somewhere that wasn’t the grocery store or my classroom.
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Old 05-11-2020, 04:20 PM
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My sister-in-law is a dental hygienist in California and she is scared they will make her go back to work at the end of this month. She found some studies that say her job is one of the most dangerous. Being only inches from someone's unmasked mouth means you're subject to a high viral load if they are infected. Back in March when she was still working, she was suited up like an emergency room nurse.

I won't go for a while, unless I need emergency work. I wish I had gotten my cleaning in March before the shutdowns. I was scheduled to go during Spring Break!


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Old 05-11-2020, 04:38 PM
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I was scheduled for a check-up with my implant dentist. They expected me to come today for the appointment but I called last week and told them I wouldn't be coming to this appointment. Later, I received a letter from this dentist's office explaining their COVID19 precautions. The only noticeable change will be that they will no longer have magazines in the waiting room. That's it. Somehow I'm not very comforted by such a small change. I'd expect to wait in my car and be called in when they are ready for me ... at the very least.

When I'm ready to see a dentist I think I'll ask for the first appointment in the morning. I want to be in a room that hasn't been used.

My city has one of the highest rates of COVID19 per capita in the nation and I'm not willing to take any chances at the dentist.
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Old 05-11-2020, 04:39 PM
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I have a dental cleaning appt on May 28th and plan to keep it. Reputable dentists have always throughly disinfected tools with autoclave machines between each patient and they will also disinfect chairs. Dentists and staff will wear face shields to protect themselves and patients. IMHO we are exposed more in a grocery store than at my dentist’s office. I take sensible precautions but I refuse to live in fear. Just sayin..
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Old 05-11-2020, 04:49 PM
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I'm not afraid at all. Just won't do it. I have read about conversation vs. sneeze droplets and the use of a mask. I choose not to go.
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Old 05-11-2020, 05:00 PM
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I have an appointment in June. Our state isn’t even supposed to peak until late May or early June. I think I’ll skip this one.
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Old 05-11-2020, 05:02 PM
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I trust my dentist explicitly and will go to my next scheduled appointment which is in July. I, too, refuse to live in fear.
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Old 05-11-2020, 05:22 PM
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My scheduled appointment is in June and I'm hoping to go. They are so booked that I was unable to go at 6 months. It will be a year and don't want to prolong it any longer.
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Old 05-11-2020, 05:26 PM
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I hope my dentist is open for my June appointment. They use face shield and are very clean. I know because I used to work for them!!
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Old 05-11-2020, 07:16 PM
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I was just at the dentist last week and will have to go again this week for some problem teeth. I felt very safe and never had a concern. Both the dentist and tech wore face masks, gloves (obviously), and a shield when they started the drilling. Prior to drilling both had on face masks. The office staff had on masks too.

During the procedure, they gave me sunglasses due to the overhead light so a bit more protection there also.

I refuse to live in fear.

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Old 05-12-2020, 02:30 AM
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Just went to the dentist today for my routine cleaning. They are taking extra precautions to make sure that both you and they are safe. Face shields + face masks + gloves. At the start, they explained the precautions they were taking to make sure I felt safe Ex. They did not use the ultrasonic device that kick up too much stuff into the air when they clean. Instead, they cleaned the old fashioned way of scraping the plaque with a manual tool. The only machines they used were the water suction device, the water sprayer and the toothpaste polisher. Very little splatter during the cleaning routine. Overall,I felt safe.
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Old 05-12-2020, 01:32 PM
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My appointment went well. The door was held open for me. My hygienist/tech had me use hand sanitizer, took my temp, and sprayed my shoes with Lysol. She had on a mask, a shield, head covering, bodysuit over her clothing, gloves and booties. She changed her gloves once back in my room. I was masked until things got started. This practice had been using the high pressure water stream (maybe that is the ultrasonic thing someone else mentioned) in the last year. I don't like it because I already have sensitive gums and this hurts me. I prefer scraping, which is what was done today. There was more time spent on me because I was 4 months overdue and had lots of build-up. (They had changed my Jan appt to Feb; Feb appt to April; then stay at home began. They changed me to mid July. When our state opened dentists last week, they called to reschedule for today.)

From there I went to Aldi and Walmart and very few people had masks on. I did.
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