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Telehealth critical for dentistry services during COVID-19 pandemic

Many dentists are continuing to see patients online during stay at home directive
Posted at 6:27 AM, Apr 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-10 09:12:13-04

BOZEMAN — We’ve heard from doctors that telehealth has been critical during the coronavirus Outbreak. But what about dental health?

Nasim Aleagha is a pediatric dentist whose patients are as young as newborn babies.

She, like many healthcare professionals, has changed the way daily operations are run in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

“Dentistry now is so risky because we create an aerosol every time we pick up a high speed hand piece,” said Aleagha with Bridger Children’s Dentistry.

“So it’s about limiting the aerosols that could potentially contain multiple bacteria and potentially the virus that we’re all worried about.”

So for the time being, she’s limiting her services to emergencies only. That means regular cleanings are on hold.

“Any time you see significant swelling, pain, a fever, redness, tenderness, that would be an emergency,” said Aleagha.

Aleagha says she’s able to use photos for Facetime videos to treat some infections with antibiotics, so kids don’t even need to come into the office.

She says some chipped teeth, extractions and soft tissues procedures for newborn babies who are struggling to breastfeed are also considered emergencies.

“It’s hard for us too. We’re all hunkering down, we’re all doing what we’re supposed to be doing. We still want to help at this time.”

You can learn more about Aleagha’s pediatric dental services at: https://www.bridgerchildrensdentistry.com/?gclid=CjwKCAjw7LX0BRBiEiwA__gNw-brXyzcpPNNgPympGls39inYfmcZJEgMLYrDvvUTZzusultyaitwhoCTRgQAvD_BwE