A recently taken survey has instigated how all dentists including cosmetic dentists Pembroke Pines were managing their practices during the current COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. The results provided an insight at the current state of the dental industry in the U.S., which is facing unprecedented challenges.
Over 1,000 dental practices all over the U.S. participated in this survey conducted by the dental supply company Net32. Out of all the respondents, 90% were owner-dentists which shared insights on the changed business practices, needs, and worries. It was concluded that most of the practices were open by appointment only (68%), while 20% of them were fully closed, and the remaining 12% were open only for emergency care.
Out of all the practices that were fully closed, the primary reason for closing included state mandate (83%), COVID-19 risk towards dental team (70%), lack of adequate PPE (46%), and federal recommendation (32%).
Practices were lacking adequate protective equipment
Almost 90% of the surveyed dental care offices had one of their biggest worries as not being able to procure enough PPE and other supplies to get their practices up and running. Out of those supplies, some of the most prominent ones were N95 face masks (75%), surgical masks (50%), hand sanitizers (50%), disposable gloves (40%), and liquid sterilant (40%) as they were difficult to come by.
Also, additional key findings were that almost 70% of dental practices had implemented layoffs while 30% had retained all of their staff. Merely 11% of the dental practices had retained their staff at full pay.
Dentists were planning to rely heavily on government assistance programs in order to help them get through the lockdown while nearly 46% have been dipping into their personal savings for saving their dental practices.
Of all the practices that were seeking government assistance, almost every practice applied to the Payment Protection Program whereas others were hoping to receive Economic Injury Disaster Loan advances.
ADA providing resources to help dentists cope up with the stress of the pandemic
The ADA’s Center for Professional Success has started offering free resources about stress management to help dental professionals all over the USA including dentists in Pembroke Pines navigate the emotional toll of the pandemic. Such resources include –
● Under Stress? We’re Here to Help – Cosmetic Dentists Pembroke Pines would be able to access the ADA Health and Wellness Program Directory that has contact information for help.
● The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – This webinar will address how you can identify stress, recognize how mental and physical impacts of stress, and how you can manage negative types of stress.
● Mindfulness Techniques May Help You Reduce Your Stress – This video series will help professionals tackle stress through mindfulness exercises.
These links will also showcase information about the Health and Wellness Program offered by the ADA. This program features resources developed by dental professionals for helping dental professionals with the challenges they face.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is also offering online tips and resources to help dentists in Pembroke Pines to manage stress related to the pandemic.
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