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The ODA is offering dentists and specialists the opportunity to be on-call for emergency patients who do not have a regular dentist.
The Ohio Dental Association has officially implemented a plan to divert dental emergencies away from hospital emergency rooms across the state during the Coronavirus pandemic, the ODA President Sharon Parsons, DDS announced. The ODA is offering dentists and specialists the opportunity to be on-call for emergency patients who do not have a regular dentist.
After reaching out to local dental societies and leaders, the ODA has compiled a list of dentists who are willing to treat emergency patients who do not have a regular dentist. In conjunction with the state, the ODA has created a plan to divert dental patients from ERs.
The current ODA plan includes the following:
In addition, the ODA is compiling a list of dental offices-both general dentists and specialists-and dental clinics prepared to treat dental emergency patients who do not currently have a dentist of record and may not have dental insurance.
Dental professionals who are interested in offering emergency care can add their name to the list by following this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SD7LCFW. The deadline to add names to the ODA’s list is April 10. The final list will be shared publicly during the state of emergency.
The ODA believes this process will prevent the over-crowding of ERs with dental patients and provide a source of appropriate care and follow-up, Dr. Parsons said.
For more information and other COVID-19 dental resources, visit oda.orghttp://oda.org.