HELLERTOWN, Pa. - While everyone in the world is covering their mouths to keep each other safe, there's one place where that's impossible to do. The dentist's chair.
"Every day there was something we had to incorporate, the temperature checks, the questions,” said Dr. Ann Hunsicker-Morrissey, the owner of Hellertown Dental Group. That was the beginning of it.
The ultra sonic cleaning and scaling used by dentists can Aerosolize droplets in your saliva; the same droplets that spread COVID- 19. This puts patients, and especially practitioners, at increased risk. So aside from the usual temperature checks and PPE, there are two air filter systems in each room with HEPA and UV filtration, and patients are asked to swirl around a sterilizing solution before they sit down. Even the water used during cleanings is specially sterilized.
“It's been very expensive,” Dr. Ann said.
However, it's been paying off. Dr. Ann was able to get the equipment early and start seeing patients weeks into the pandemic. “We started seeing patients from New Jersey and the Poconos,” she said.
She’s still booked out with a backlog.
And new unemployment data Friday shows she's not the only one. The dental industry is returning back to normal rapidly.
A dental appointment is not really something you want to miss. Especially if you have heart disease or diabetes. "People need to go to the dentist, we can't not have dental care,” Dr. Ann said.