Sandy Springs Dentists: Covid-19 Risks in Dentistry?

Sandy Springs Dentist near meAmong the many potential transmission sources in the spreading of the COVID-19, dental services have received a significant, if not over amount of attention. Several reports, papers, and guidelines have been released on how this infection could be transmitted through dental services and what should be done.

Nine of these studies were in a general consensus, advising that any elective non-emergency dental care for patients with suspected or known Covid-19 should be postponed for at least 2 weeks during the Covid-19 pandemic. But that is only for patients suspected of having or being in contact with Covid-19 carriers.

The New York Times noted that dentistry was the most at-risk profession for nCoV-19 compared to other various occupations[1]. Based on the nature of the dental procedures, and the proximity of the dental team with patients, the disease could readily spread from infected patients to the dental team, and vice versa, and subsequently to other patients, if appropriate protective infection control measurements are not undertaken.

However, the currently available evidence has not demonstrated a clear and direct relationship between dental treatment or surgery and the possibility of the transmission of COVID-19. In theory and definitely played up by the media, there is the potential for transmission, but the evidence doesn’t support it.

In fact, less than 1% of dentists and dental offices have tested positive for Covid-19. Why? Because we have developed protocols of infection control dating back to the advent of AIDS and minor modifications for Covid-19 were easily and effectively implemented. And the result, almost zero transmission from within the dental profession.

So, do not hesitate to see us for your oral-healthcare and other desired dentistry. Don’t let the over-hyped media cloud your judgement.  We’re here to help you.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Bock, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Sandy Springs, Ga 30328

404-256-3620

and

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

info@rightsmilecenter.com

http://www.rightsmilecenter.com


[1] https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/03/15/business/economy/coronavirus-worker-risk.html

Dentists Sandy Springs: Our Role in Covid-19

Sandy Springs Dentist near meThe emergence of the highly infectious novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 has led to a global COVID-19 pandemic. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, worldwide healthcare systems have been severely challenged.

Though dentists and physicians have different scopes of practice, their trainings share many similarities. Hence, dental professionals, with their knowledge of basic human science and sterile surgical techniques, are an invaluable resource in the COVID-19 pandemic response

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, worldwide healthcare systems have been severely challenged.  Consequently, many hospital-based healthcare workers have had to work over-hours and take on extra shifts. 

Though dentists and physicians have different scopes of practice, their trainings share many similarities. This is essential given that dentists are expected to competently manage dental issues of medically compromised patients. Moreover, our dentists must be able to expeditiously and effectively manage medical emergencies that may arise in routine dental practice. To this end, we have undergone basic cardiac life support training. Thus, the robust training of clinical medicine in dentistry strengthens the candidature of dentists to provide services for COVID-19 control and spread.

Dental professionals, with our knowledge of basic human science and our experience with sterile surgical techniques, are an invaluable resource in the COVID-19 pandemic response. We  are eligible to administer COVID-19 diagnostic tests such as nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swabs. With our detailed understanding of head and neck anatomy, we are well placed to perform such procedures accurately and atraumatically. This is imperative as irritation to the oral or nasal mucosa while swabbing risks the patient sneezing or coughing, potentially releasing contaminated droplets and aerosols to the environment.

Our team can also assist our medical counterparts in the inpatient setting. Such duties include patient triage, monitoring vital signs, administering oxygen and injectables, and writing prescriptions.

We have successfully managed to treat 30 to 50 patients a day without one incident of Covid-19. Call us for your oral healthcare needs today.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Bock, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Sandy Springs, GA 30328

404-256-3620

And

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

Sandy Springs Dentists: Our Covid-19 Precautions Are Working.

Sandy Springs Dentist near meFewer than 1% of dentists nationwide were estimated to be COVID-19 positive as of June, according to an American Dental Association Science & Research Institute and Health Policy Institute study.

“This is very good news for dentists and patients,” said Dr. Marcelo Araujo, Ph.D., CEO of the ADASRI, chief science officer of the ADA and senior author of the report. “This means that what dentists are doing — heightened infection control and increased attention to patient and dental team safety — is working.”

The researchers found that 99.7% of the dentists surveyed said they had implemented enhanced infection prevention and control procedures, including disinfecting all equipment and surfaces that are commonly touched, checking staff and patient temperatures, screening patients for COVID-19, encouraging distance between patients while waiting, and providing face masks to staff. What we have implemented is keeping you and our staff safe.

“The fact that dentistry was named one of the most at-risk professions for infection, but has a far lower prevalence of infection compared to other health professions, is not a coincidence,” said Marko Vujicic, Ph.D., chief economist and vice president of the ADA Health Policy Institute. “The profession has taken this issue extremely seriously, and it shows. We will continue to track the rate of COVID-19 among dentists and other facets of the pandemic affecting dentistry so it can help inform the dental profession and other industries as well.”[1]

It’s important that you maintain your oral healthcare.  Call now for your dental appointment.  We are ready to see you.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Bock, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Sandy Springs, GA  30328

404-256-3620

And

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com


[1] https://www.ada.org/en/publications/ada-news/2020-archive/october/ada-study-finds-covid-19-rate-among-dentists-less-than-1-percent