9 in 10 dentists experiencing significant patient volume decrease, survey finds

Ninety percent of dentists are experiencing noticeable plunges in patient volume, according to survey results from insurer DentaQuest.

The survey was sent out May 19 and garnered responses from 2,710 dentists. Here are some of its other notable findings on how dentists are handling reopening their practices:

  • Seventeen percent of respondents reported less than 15 days of cash on hand.

  • Twenty-seven percent of respondents reported conducting visits through teledentistry.

  • Fifty percent of respondents reported feeling confident they could reduce aerosols.

  • Fifty-nine percent of respondents reported feeling confident they could acquire sufficient personal protective equipment.

  • Seventy-six percent of respondents are calling patients before appointments to screen them for COVID-19.

  • Seventy-eight percent of respondents are taking patients' temperatures upon arrival.

  • Eighty-one percent of respondents are asking patients about recent travel or social distancing behavior.

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