Dental Patient Information During COVID-19

What You Need to Know About Getting Treatment

Why Is My Dental Office Closed?

The worldwide pandemic of COVID-19 is affecting all aspects of our lives. Doctors around the world are working tirelessly to understand how the virus spreads. One thing has become clear—close personal contact increases the risk of infection, either through droplet transmission via coughs and sneezes or through contact with the virus on contaminated surfaces. Dental offices are closed because our understanding of COVID-19 makes it clear that it is dangerous to continue seeing patients on a routine basis. One infected patient could infect an entire office, who could then pass that infection on to other unsuspecting patients.

What Happens If I Need Help?

Current public health initiatives are intended to slow the spread of COVID-19 to avoid overwhelming health services. However, while most regular dental visits can be safely delayed, closing down all access to dental services can be a danger in itself. Some dental problems, if left untreated, can lead to life-threatening infections or even death. With dental offices closed, patients unsure of where to turn to for advice and support may end up in the ER for lack of timely intervention.

How We Can Help

The West Valley Dental Task Force was created to address this potential gap in care. We provide free telemedical dental services to anyone concerned that they might be facing a potentially life-threatening dental complication. Our members include both general dental practitioners and oral surgeons practicing in the San Fernando Valley, with hospital experience and hospital admitting privileges. We can consult with you remotely to assess your symptoms, write prescriptions for antibiotics or other necessary medication, and determine if it is appropriate to seek emergency treatment in person.

Are you experiencing troubling dental symptoms such as

  • Swelling

  • Excessive bleeding

  • Radiating or increasing pain?

Don’t wait—call us now.


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