Each day, our main concern at Helm Nejad Stanley Dentistry is the health and well-being of our patients and staff. Providing a safe, clean environment for you and our staff is paramount, especially as our country tackles the mounting threat of COVID-19. We are committed to continue providing our patients with the dental care they need, while following protocol to keep both staff and you protected from the spread of this virus.
American Dental Association Recommendations
In response to the crisis, the ADA is recommending elective dental procedures be postponed. Patients and healthcare professionals, including dentists, face serious concerns as the virus continues to spread. President of the ADA, Chad P. Gehani, made a statement on March 16 regarding the crisis. “The ADA is deeply concerned for the health and well-being of the public and the dental team. In order for dentistry to do its part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the ADA recommends dentists nationwide postpone elective procedures for the next three weeks.”
Gehani has requested that dentists throughout the nation concentrate on emergency dental care. Many individuals will seek dental emergency care at a hospital or urgent care center. In most cases, neither is equipped to adequately address dental emergencies. With the massive influx of people needing care for health concerns related to the virus, dental practices like ours can help relieve the strain on hospitals and urgent care facilities by attending to patients with dental emergencies.
Composure, Compassion and Common Sense
As of March 15, the California Dental Association also strongly recommended that dentists in California suspend dental care that is not urgent or non-emergency until the end of the month. Governor Newsom has declared a State of Emergency, in which seniors over 65 and Californians with chronic conditions are asked to stay home, as these individuals are the most vulnerable to the ravages of the COVID-19 virus.
These are surreal times, and many of us are reeling from the constant news regarding the spread of the virus. Keep in mind, the danger is in overwhelming the healthcare systems. When too many people get sick at the same time, some will needlessly die due to lack of resources. This is why measures are being taken to slow the spread of the virus. Resources, including healthy doctors and nurses, will go further when there are fewer people to help at any given time.
This is a time when we need to look out for one another and right now, staying home, social distancing and being compassionate is what that looks like. Helm Nejad Stanley Dentistry is committed to providing the best care available to all our patients. If you have a dental emergency, do not hesitate to call us. We are here for you.