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Please call your MDA dentist for their specific opening and to schedule care. In preparation to welcome back their patients, MDA member dentists are following guidelines and putting new protocols in place to ensure safety during the pandemic. Our members are excited to get back to what they love – treating all their patients!

MDA Dentists Care About Your Health

We understand. Some folks may be nervous about resuming regular activities—including going to the dentist.  MDA member dentists are here to reassure you that with each patient they see, they’re taking extra precautions to minimize exposure to illness and to protect everyone’s health.

 

What to Expect When You Go Back to the Dentist

As offices reopen for regular visits, some things will look a little different. Knowing what to expect at your dental visit can help many patients—especially kids—feel more comfortable at their appointment. Below, we’ve outlined some new measures MDA dentists may have put in place for everyone’s well-being.  

Your Visual Guide to Dental Visits Post-COVID-19

From pre-screening to follow-up, here’s a step-by-step guide of what to expect at your next dental visit: 

How Dental Care & Office Staff Help Keep You Healthy


 

Daily Health Checks

Daily Health Checks

Including temperature readings & COVID-19 symptom screenings

Hand Hygiene

Hand Hygiene

Increased handwashing & hand sanitizer use

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Full PPE for providers; masks for office staff

Staying Informed

Staying Informed

Of the latest research & infection control guidelines

Before Your Visit


 

Scheduling Options

Scheduling Options

May be limited to allow for extra disinfection & social distancing

COVID-19 Screening

COVID-19 Screening

Phone questionnaire the day before your visit

Ask Questions

Ask Questions

It’s always okay to ask questions about what to expect at your visit

At-Risk Patients

At-Risk Patients

Reminded to check in over the phone & wait in the car

When You Arrive


 

Masks

Masks

Please wear a mask to your appointment

COVID-19 Screening

Temperature Check

For everyone entering the dental office

Hand Sanitizer

Hand Sanitizer

Clean your hands on the way in

COVID-19 Screening

COVID-19 Screening

Questionnaire — bring your own pen or pencil

Waiting Room & Shared Spaces


 

New Layouts

New Layouts

Chairs removed, dividers put up for social distancing

Fewer Things to Touch

Fewer Things to Touch

Toys, magazines, & reading materials removed

Daily Cleaning

Daily Cleaning

Waiting rooms & bathrooms disinfected daily

Less Crowded

Less Crowded

Limited to caregivers & patients only

Treatment Room & Dental Team


 

Cleaned between Patients

Cleaned between Patients

Room disinfected & protective coverings replaced

Sterile Equipment

Sterile Equipment

MDA dentists only use sterile tools & equipment

Fewer Items

Fewer Items

Non-essential items removed from treatment room

Dental Care PPE

Dental Care PPE

Face shield or eye protection & mask; gowns or jackets; gloves

After Your Visit


 

Your Follow Up

Your Follow-up

May be fewer appointment options available

Hand Sanitizer

Hand Sanitizer

Don’t forget to clean your hands on the way out

Report Symptoms

Report Symptoms

Any COVID-19 symptoms occurring within 14 days of visit

Care for Your Smile

Care for Your Smile

Good dental hygiene habits help keep you healthy

Your Health First—MDA Dentists Always Practice Infection Control 

As dental professionals, MDA member dentists are highly trained in infection control measures. In fact, they’ve followed and enforced strict infection control protocols for decades. Now, your MDA dentist is taking these practices even further to help reduce the risk of illness, including coronavirus exposure. 

Some of these measures include:

  • COVID-19 symptom screening for all patients and staff
  • Enhanced infection control protocol
  • Use of additional personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Enforcing social distancing in waiting areas
  • Reducing the number of patients in the dental practice at any given time
  • Staying up-to-date on the latest guidelines from the CDC, ADA, MDA, and other agencies

 

Going Back to the Dentist—Answers to Your FAQs 

It’s okay to call and ask questions!

Patients can always call and ask about oral health matters, office infection control protocol, and more. Your MDA dentist and their staff are here to help you. They’re doing everything they can to keep you healthy and comfortable at every visit.

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