Your next dental check-up and cleaning or routine dental appliance maintenance will have to wait.
Dentists and orthodontists in the Tulsa area say they are heeding new recommendations issued this week by the American Dental Association and the Oklahoma Dental Association to postpone all routine and elective procedures as part of the state response and national level to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr Bruce D. Horn, a 38-year-old Tulsa dentist who is the former chairman of the Oklahoma State Dental Board, said following the recommendations was just the right thing to do given the severity of the situation.
“We use data that we learn from other countries and do evaluations based on how things are going to be here, but there is a lot that we don’t know,” said Horn, who has about 7,000 patients registered in its general dentistry. convenient in the south of Tulsa. “Anything we can do as a profession to mitigate and also provide some sort of containment, I think, is good until we figure out what kind of numbers we’re going to have. “
Dr Joe Lai, of Kirkpatrick and Lai Orthodontics, said every orthodontist in the area has chosen to follow the new recommendations.
“I’m just proud of them for doing the right thing socially,” said Lai, who is a past president of the Oklahoma Orthodontic Society. His large firm in Tulsa has been in existence for 50 years and has three satellite offices in Northeast Oklahoma. “I made my decision Monday night. The recommendations certainly put me above. We are not seeing new patients. We only see patients with a real emergency, which in orthodontics is not much. “