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CDA’s latest consumer research survey follows up on a June report tracking patient comfort with returning to the dentist during the COVID-19 pandemic. Conducted mid-August, the survey revealed that most patients with an appointment in the next six months plan to keep it. It also shows how income plays a significant role in determining which patients are more likely to visit the dentist and what safety messages help reassure patients.
Below, view the results of ADA’s Health Policy Institute’s recent survey on consumer sentiment toward visiting the dentist during the COVID-19 pandemic. The July 2020 survey found that most people are comfortable with going to the dentist and details what it would take to get reluctant patients to return. It also reports how soon patients would book their next appointment as well as their willingness to go to the dentist if a positive coronavirus case was traced back to a local dental office.
In the graphic below, find the results of CDA's consumer research survey conducted in June 2020 to measure patients' comfort levels with dental appointments during the COVID-19 pandemic. CDA plans to conduct an additional survey in August to continue to monitor consumers' comfort with dentistry during the pandemic.
Dentists are advised to continue to adhere closely to CDPH guidance, including the recommendation to have two weeks of PPE available.
Dentists who provide care for Medicaid patients (known as Medi-Cal in California) may be eligible to receive financial relief from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Provider Relief Fund established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.
CDA is aware that members have questions about ADA’s plans to begin distributing PPE from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Unfortunately, the ADA did not prioritize dentists in California as one of 18 states selected to receive the first round of distribution
CDPH today issued updated guidance on resuming dental practice. CDA member dentists and staff have been engaged with the state dental director to ensure this guide is clear, accurate and easy to follow.
Although California, along with several other states, is beginning the process of resuming nonemergency and nonCOVID-19 health care services and recently issued guidelines intended to help health care providers plan for their return to practice, significant challenges in the PPE global supply chain remain, particularly for dentists, as a Sacramento Bee article published May 4 explains.
The Dentists Insurance Company on April 24 announced premium refunds to policyholders in 15 states affected by the COVID-19 pandemic that has severely impacted the practice of dentistry. Recognizing that dentists are experiencing a reduction of routine and elective patient care in their practices, TDIC is refunding 50% of Professional Liability premiums for two months.