Friday, April 24, 2020

Dental Board Awaits Governor's Decision

The Mississippi Board of Dental Examiners issued the following email to dentists yesterday.

As you know, the Mississippi State Board of Dental Examiners conducted a telephonic meeting at noon today to discuss re-opening dental clinics, effective 8 AM April 27, 2020. Many of you listened in before the meeting was moved to a different conference number because of severe background noise and interference. The meeting did continue, resulting in the adoption of a Protocol or Guidelines for Reopening of Dental Clinics previously closed due to COVID-19. After establishing the Protocol, discussion was then had regarding the need to secure approval of the decision and Protocol from the Governor’s Office and State Health Officer. It is the desire of the Governor’s Office and State Health Officer that all health related boards give their respective licensees the opportunity to timely return to normal administration of healthcare, but to do so in a consistent manner and in compliance with existing COVID-19 public health mandates. Your Dental Board is in the process of tendering its decision and protocol to the Governor’s Office and State Health Officer. We are awaiting their review and response. It is the imperative that you clearly understand that while the Board wishes to reopen clinics on April 27, 202 8 AM, that decision is pending approval from the Governor’s Office and State Health Officer. THEREFORE, until you hear from the Board otherwise, all dental clinics must continue to operate on an emergency basis only. Thank you for your patience.

Kingfish note: "Severe background noise."  That's a nice way of putting it.  Some people wouldn't mute their phones and forced the conference call audience to listen to their kids screaming loudly. 


TheClintonscantsuicideusall said...

Have no real understanding why the Dentist can not function under their normal manner. Mine and their hygienists have always used face masks during procedures. I have been to my Orthopedist and Derm, for skin cancer treatments and they have not worn masks unless doing an office procedure. Just feel they all need to open up. Even elective surgeries.

Anonymous said...

To be fair, I have never had a "mute" button on any phone in my home.

Anonymous said...

Why can't they do operate as usual?

Because the mask doesn't filter the virus spewing out of their mouths. With 1 out of 100 people already having this (or, more likely, more) they are guaranteed to catch it.

Then, they'll be producing and shedding millions and millions of the virus right into your mouth, nose, and eyes, for days, or maybe forever, before they know they are infected.

That's also a MUCH higher viral load for the patients than just going to the grocery store. On top of being an invasive procedure often, but the dental procedure isn't a great path. But breathing it in is too.

Here's what you still don't understand, This virus kills, all ages. Yes, many older ones. But it's still killing 5 year olds of first responders, nurses, doctors, EMTs, and neighbors.

And a factor in that is HOW MUCH of a load, and how constantly do you get exposed to it, as to how you are going to be affected.

That's why it infuriates me to see millenials deliberately walking about unmasked. They think it won't affect them, but it not only can, it will definitely affect others.

But the dentists are spraying, spinning drills, aerosolizing all that junk, and they and the patient are swapping germs. There just about couldn't be a better way to spread this.

And, yes, dental work is often necessary, if not an emergency. No one needs to get a heart attack from infection, suffer for weeks, or ignore all dental needs.

And I think most dentists are stand up members of the community, and need to survive.

But, it can't just be business as usual. You can't be serious.

Anonymous said...

Yes, 10:55. What may be considered elective surgery by some may be considered essential by the one needing the surgery.
I'm needing to have an upper endoscopy w/dilation done. Not right now they say. This is normally performed outpatient in a free standing endoscopy center. Now, if I have something get stuck in my esophagus it means a trip to the emergency room. That's the last place I want to be during all this.

Anonymous said...

12:00 - been there, done that. Between now and your procedure if you get something stuck in your throat it probably means you are eating too fast and not chewing your food to the point that it will go down without a hitch. Slow down; chew more. No, I'm not a doctor, but I did stay at home last night.

Anonymous said...

10:55 a dental procedure is one of, if not the most likely medical procedure to spread this virus. All the various professionals in a dental office operate in a manner that could spread the virus to either the patient or the professional much more than your ortho or dermo doctor.

If you have paid any attention at all to the warnings that have been given out over the past six weeks, the virus enters one's body through openings such as the eyes, nose or mouth. (Remember the warning about not touching your face?)

And where is that doctor working, or hygienist? In your mouth, and around your nose.

Those masks that they wear don't provide any and all protection needed to prevent the spread of COVID.

Hate it for the dental profession, but I would suspect that this would be one of the last medical procedures allowed

Anonymous said...

PPE is in short supply as well. Some of the employees took masks home for personal use, some donated to health care facilities and some do not order enough supply to have adequate inventory.

Plus, hygienists in peoples' faces really need face shields, which are also in short supply. You can get the virus through your eyes.

Anonymous said...

Tate said we have plenty of PPE. We get daily shipments from the federal government.

Anonymous said...

My teeth need a good cleaning.

But my hair is becoming much worse.

I'm starting look like Charles Manson.

Anonymous said...

"Your Dental Board is in the process of tendering its decision and protocol to the Governor’s Office and State Health Officer. We are awaiting their review and response."

Which is it? Can't be both.

Anonymous said...

The Board developed a plan to reopen dental offices and submitted it to the Governor’s office and the Department of Health for their approval.
That is the process that must be followed under the emergency order

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