Some Indiana dentists happy to reopen, return to role as 'masters of sterilization'

Some Indiana dentists are excited to resume elective procedures, despite new processes and regulations to protect patients and staff from COVID-19, according to WSBT.

Jeffrey Mader, DDS, says his practice has been preparing for reopening, with staff supplied with gowns and N95 masks.

"We've been masters of sterilization for 40 years," Dr. Mader told WSBT. "But now we are just taking it to the next level."

Dr. Mader said the practice is expanding its hours, and that he has the busiest May of his career tentatively planned. His office is prioritizing cases by severity, plans to install a new filtration system and will require patients to wait in their car until their appointment.

Daniel Klauer, DDS, is using similar protocols to accommodate patients who need immediate procedures and will screen patients by checking their temperatures before they come in.

Both dentists said the added measures should reassure patients that dental offices are safe places.

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