Rhode Island dentists taking extra precautions upon reopening

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – With elective medical procedures slowly coming back on line, dentists in Rhode Island are taking extra precautions.

According to the Rhode Island Dental Association, dentists will be re-opening at a much slower pace.

Right now only emergency dental procedures are being done.

With personal protective equipment in high demand nationwide, dentists will not get back to business until they can get more N-95 masks.

“We cannot rely on the facet that the patient does not have the virus, even though the patient is asymptomatic. The N-95 mask, although we did receive a small shipment, the N-95 mask is still controlled by entities outside our control.”

There are other decisions that still need to be sorted out.

Dentists will have to figure out how to properly social distance patients in waiting rooms and decide if they should take temperatures before patients come in to the office.

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