Have you had a dental emergency during the pandemic? That's the only way you've been able to see your dentist during the outbreak. In March the governor's office barred all hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, dental and orthodontic offices from providing health care services, procedures and surgeries that require personal protective equipment, which if delayed, are not anticipated to cause harm to the patient. That means that if you break a tooth the dentist will do the best they can to repair it but you won't be able to get a crown or other major dental work until the restrictions are lifted on Monday, May 19. Information from the Washington State Department of Health says "unless an additional proclamation or restriction is issued by the Governor, dental offices should be able to resume their full scope of care and should follow the appropriate infection control and PPE protocols."

Many Yakima dentists say when they do get back to work schedules will be full so be prepared to wait on your appointments because they'll take the most urgent cases first.
Local dentists will have plenty of procedures in place for patients including masks and questionnaires to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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