LINCOLN – The Nebraska Dental Association (NDA) Board of Trustees is recommending all dentists move to emergency care only, canceling routine appointments through March 31st. At least one Fremont dental office has already suspended business.
“As dentists we are in one of the highest risk categories for transmission and contraction of the Coronavirus,” said the NDA, “with many routine dental procedures having the potential to transmit the virus via aerosolization of fluids. As leaders in the healthcare profession, we are responsible for ensuring the safety of our citizens and for our dental teams. For this reason, the NDA Board of Trustees had an emergency meeting today, including consulting Dr. Charles Craft, State Dental Director, where we took a unanimous vote to recommend that dental offices in Nebraska postpone any non-emergent care starting 3/17/2020 and ending 4/1/2020. Dentists need to list an emergency phone number for patients to contact in an emergent situtation.”
The NDA says the move is being made out of an abundance of caution during this historic public health emergency. “As health care professionals, we all have a role to play in flattening the curve in order to follow sound, scientific public health advice to help limit infections and slow the spread of the virus,” the organization continued.
Doctors at the Fremont Dental Group contacted patients on Monday evening, saying they will be closed through April 1:
“Due to COVID-19 and in response to the unanimous recommendation of the Nebraska Dental Association, our office will be CLOSED to patients beginning Tuesday, March 17th through Wednesday, April 1st. Please note that we will be contacting patients that have visits scheduled during this timeframe. We will also be available to you for emergency dental treatment should an issue arise. Please feel free to call our office at 402-727-9100 if you need help, and we will navigate the situation with you.”