VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — In the era of the coronavirus pandemic, what exactly does “the dentist will see you now” mean?
Dentistry is classified as “high-risk” in aerosol production, and you can see that when Atlantic Dental Care’s Dr. Dan Barton, D.D.S. cleans teeth. There are airborne droplets dispersed in the air, and during the COVID-19 pandemic, they can transmit coronavirus.
The safety concerns have forced a new “norm” in dentistry, Barton said.
“We must maintain the proper personal protective equipment protocol, washing hands, keeping our staff protected, keeping our patients protected, and I think we’re going to be OK,” he said.
The dental community is split over whether Gov. Ralph Northam was correct in allowing dental offices to open again starting May 1.