Remote dentistry is about as tricky as it sounds.
In a field that’s so dependent on touch, dentists say guidance from state health officials encouraging care over the phone to prevent COVID-19 from spreading has made their jobs far more complicated.
“Teledentistry is difficult,” said Dr. Mary Grace Rizzo-Fryzel of Electric City Dentistry. “For us to have a conversation over the phone, the only thing we’re able to do is prescribe an antibiotic or pain medicine.”
For about a week, Harrisburg reduced patient/dentist interaction entirely to the phone by, among other rules, requiring negative pressure isolation rooms — a room engineered to control infection — which virtually no dentist’s office has.
On Friday, following outcry from the Pennsylvania