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COVID-19 Update: Symptoms and Best Practices While at Home

March 30, 2020

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With COVID-19 restrictions becoming more and more ubiquitous throughout the country, it has become extremely difficult for Dr. Isaacson to provide services that many patients have come to rely on. During these uncertain times, the most important thing you can do is take precautions as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you have questions about care at our office or are in need of emergency services, keep reading to learn how the practice is managing this ever-changing situation through teledental practices.

What is the Office Doing Amid the COVID-19 Quarantine?

Dr. Isaacson is an emergency dentist who wants to do everything possible to make sure that his patients and team members are safe at all times, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic causing such high levels of uncertainty. Both in Oklahoma City and around the country, dentists have been put under major restrictions, making all non-essential dental services unavailable in order to reduce the risk of disease transmission.

While he is taking social distancing, common area disinfecting and sterilization procedures very seriously, Dr. Isaacson is also open for dental emergencies and taking teledental emergency questions if you have concerns you’d like to address. You can call or text us at 405-943-8575 to do so and read our COVID-19 statement in more detail on our website.

What are the Signs and Symptoms of COVID-19?

According to the CDC, the current symptoms for COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Keep in mind that these symptoms can take between 2 and 14 days to appear. However, if you experience any of the following symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

How Can I Protect Myself?

Staying at home is one of the most effective steps for preventing disease transmission, but it’s also very important to perform hygienic habits regularly. This includes:

  • Washing your hands for at least 20 seconds using soap and water
  • Using hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol when soap is not available
  • Never touching your nose, eyes and mouth with unclean hands
  • Covering your mouth with a tissue or your elbow when coughing or sneezing
  • Disinfecting commonly touched surfaces and items throughout your house

When Should I Visit for a Dental Emergency?

It can be difficult to know for sure if you’re experiencing a dental emergency. That’s why we encourage you to give our emergency phone line a call or text if you have even the slightest idea that a dental emergency is present. While you should always call if you’re concerned, you are likely experiencing a dental emergency if:

  • Your tooth is knocked-out or feels loose
  • Your tooth has sustained a painful fracture or crack
  • A crack in your tooth extends beneath the gum line
  • You have a tooth/gum abscess (small bump on your gum tissue, which may indicate an infection)
  • You have severe tooth pain that does not go away

If you believe you are dealing with a dental emergency, don’t wait; call our office at 405-943-8575 to speak with Dr. Isaacson and his team today!

About Joe Isaacson Dental

We are taking extreme precautions in order to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and ensure the health and safety of our team and patients. In the event that you experience a dental emergency, our office is more than prepared to get you out of discomfort and provide helpful advice over the phone. Our team will work to improve your situation and confirm if what you’re experiencing is in fact a dental emergency that requires professional intervention. You can contact us at 405-943-8575 or through our website.

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