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Dentist offices open up statewide amid pandemic

New procedures in place when going to the dentist
Posted at 7:44 AM, May 29, 2020

KENTWOOD, Mich. — Dentists across the state of Michigan are now open to the public after being closed nearly three months, you’re advise to schedule an appointment sooner-than-later because of the influx of people in need of oral health care.

Dr. Mark Jesin at Advanced Oral Surgery located at 3855 Burton St. SE, in Kentwood, says they’re already scheduling patients two weeks out as they operate at half their normal workload. The changes are to implement proper social distancing while respecting the safety of their patients.

“In addition to our temperature checks at the door; we are now using a UV sterilizer for shared electronics, PPE including N-95 face masks, face-shields and gowns, and we use high efficiency HEPA-grade air filtration systems in each room.”

The waiting room is no longer being used for procedures. Patients will now contact the office via text (616) 344-5493, from their vehicles to let them know you have arrived. You will then wait in your vehicle until an Advanced Oral Surgery employee escorts you into the building where you will be greeted with a temperature check before being taken directly to your appointed room.

Advanced Oral Surgery has been open for emergency procedures only during this pandemic, dentists telling Fox 17 News the access to oral care is a growing problem nationwide.

"We’ve seen some of the worst infections in treating emergencies throughout this whole thing," said Dr. Jesin. "Immune-compromised patients with diabetes or who’ve had transplants in their body, disease can spread and they can become very sick."

More information can be found at Advanced Oral Surgery’s website.