Have a dentist appointment coming up? You’ll likely encounter these post-pandemic changes during your visit.
Chances are, you either had to postpone a dentist visit due to the pandemic or put off making an appointment. Like most industries, the dental industry was impacted by coronavirus, and practices had to shut their doors for several weeks to months to ensure the safety of their staff and patients. While many offices are reopening now, don’t expect them to run the way they did pre-pandemic. The normally warm and welcoming environment of the dental office has transitioned into a more sterile one, explains Kyle Bogan, DDS, a dentist at North Orange Family Dentistry in Delaware, Ohio. “Small talk and getting to know our patients is more challenging as we balance personal relationships with the physical barriers of our increased PPE (personal protection equipment),” he says. And that’s just the beginning of the changes