The path to normalcy:
How COVID-19 has changed dental staffing
The reality is that COVID-19 has created a sizable shift in what patients will demand of their dental offices as they return for treatment.
Patients will be scrutinizing the practice like never before. Safety and cleanliness expectations will be extremely high, whereas previous sanitization methods may have simply been assumed.
Returning dental staff will also have some concerns. They want to be assured that their workplace is safe to return to.
With so many experts handing out advice, including the WHO, the CDC, the ADA, and even local government, the message received by dental staff may be mixed or unclear. And each state has adopted varying policies of what is required for dentists to "re-open", often leaving it up to the dentist’s discretion. This has made the idea of returning to work uneasy for some professionals.
Be prepared for some changes in the workplace. Covid-19 has brought with it various new protocols, including equipment modifications and new PPEs to improve the safety of staff and patients.
We take your safety very seriously. We have reached out to our employers and have been assured that all of the guidance recommended by the ADA and local governing boards is being adhered to, which includes providing the necessary PPEs to staff. We're all in this together, and of course we want to practice dentistry in the safest manner possible.
If you ever run into a situation that you feel may not be safe to work in, please let us know immediately.
Before accepting temporary work, you may want to check with the office your agreeing to work at to make sure their adaptations meet your standards. If there are specific PPEs that you require, you may want to find and acquire them on your own.
For most states, it is the doctor's discretion as to what is needed to safety practice dentistry, and they may not be required to provide everything on your wish list.
Many dentists are finding considerable push back from their staff as they begin to reopen. This can prove to be a difficult and sensitive situation.
If your employees aren't on board with returning to work, we have many eager candidates willing to help. During this time of uncertainty, utilizing temporary help may be to your advantage. The day to day flexibility provided by temps can quickly fulfill your needs while maintaining your ability to rapidly adapt to an ever-changing environment.
Providing as much PPE as possible will be a boon to morale, as well as a potential recruiting tool if you need outside help. If your staff doesn’t feel safe, they may unintentionally convey that to the patients they’re treating. Plus, if someone on your staff gets sick, it is highly likely that others on the staff will follow suit. Being safe is of extreme importance currently for all of us.
COVID-19 State Mandates and Recommendations (provided by the ADA)
Select your state to see the latest information in your area.
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