The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Dental Assistants: an interview with Shannon Pace Brinker

May 12, 2020

Dental Products Report Editorial Director Noah Levine is joined by regular contributor and founder of the Academy of Chairside Assisting Shannon Pace Brinker to discuss her personal experiences during the pandemic, how dental assistants are dealing with massive layoffs and furloughs and what's on their minds as practices are starting to reopen for to see non-emergency cases.

Dental assistants are the hardest hit occupation during this pandemic with almost every American dental assistant laid off or furloughed during the early days of the pandemic. Now as practice begin to reopen and start seeing patients once again, assistants are beginning to return to work, but in a very different environment.

In this interview, Dental Products Report Editorial Director and Shannon Pace Brinker, CDA, founder of the Academy of Chairside Assisting discuss what the pandemic has been like for both her personally and for dental assistants in general. The conversation covers both clinical and emotional impacts of the pandemic on the often unheralded, but always essential dental assistant.