Virtual Dental Consultations Are Transforming the Field of Pediatric Dentistry: Here’s How

Virtual Dental Consultations Are Transforming the Field of Pediatric Dentistry: Here’s How

The COVID 19 Pandemic brought with it a wave of change. We all had to reexamine and reevaluate how we were living our lives if we were going to survive the pandemic.

Businesses, schools, restaurants, and hotels all had to shut down in the wake of the pandemic, and we had to stay home and practice social distancing whenever we went out in public. COVID 19 altered our everyday way of life.

The dental fraternity was not left out either; when the pandemic was at its peak, we were forced to shut down our offices and only handle the emergency dental cases. This was done to protect both our dental team and our patients from exposure to the virus.

It was also implemented to ensure that all available personal protective gear was going to the front line workers who needed it the most when handling COVID 19 patients.

When the pandemic was at its peak, our dentist in Royal Palm Beach, DR.Jason Hirsch, like most pediatric dentists, felt a need to still be there for his patients.

Even though dental visits had been restricted to emergency cases only, we felt that we could still find a way to stay in touch with our patients and keep tabs on their dental health situation remotely.

This is why at DR.J Pediatric dentistry, we embraced virtual consultations. Virtual consultations gave us a chance to check in our patients and keep our regular dental appointments remotely. This provided parents with a lot of relief, knowing that although their children could not physically meet up with our dentist, their dental health was still on track.

As a pediatric dental practice, we have chosen to embrace Teledentistry. Even after reopening our doors, we still encourage our patients to keep using this platform to stay in touch with us when they need to have access to dental services remotely.

How Is Teledentistry Being Applied?

Teledentistry refers to the use of electronic imaging and communication devices to hold virtual dental consultations. During these virtual consultations, our patients can communicate with our dentist and exchange vital information that will enable us to:

  • Analyze dental issues and conditions
  • Give a diagnosis
  • Conduct treatment
  • Issue prescriptions where necessary
  • Conduct routine dental check-ups
  • Provide any other dental services needed
  • Book dental appointments
  • Check on the progress of previously conducted dental procedures such as orthodontic treatments

Virtual appointments are conducted via video platforms on phones, tablets, and computers, creating a virtual space for our patients to access dental services.

Benefits of Online Dental Appointments

There are several beneficial reasons why both parents and dentists are embracing online dental appointments, here are just a few of them:

  • Children Find Online Dental Appointments Less Intimidating

Its common knowledge that kids do not love going for dental visits, they are always anxious about sitting in a dental chair. Online dental appointments mean that they can skip out on all the anxiety and stress and dive right into getting dental services at the comfort of their homes.

This has not only made things easier for our little patients, but also for their parents who have to handle all the episodes that accompany dental visits. Patients only have to come in when necessary, and if our dentist sees it fit.

  • Improves Access to Dental Services

Online dental appointments have made it much easier for our patients living in remote areas to better access dental services that would have otherwise been challenging.

We can reach patients who reside in remote locations and help them keep their dental appointments without making a physical trip to our facility.

  • Provides Convenience

This is particularly important for our patients who are living with disabilities or special needs. It is quite cumbersome for them to make their way to our facility for their dental check-ups.

Providing virtual appointments has enabled them to undergo routine check-ups from their homes’, ruling out the need for a physical trip, which is usually very difficult for both the parents and our patients.

  • We Can Work Around Your Schedules

Physical dental check-ups always force parents to clear some time on their schedules and their children’s schedule to make time for the dental visit. On the other hand, virtual appointments can be squeezed in during a normal day without altering any schedule.

Virtual dental consultations often take at least 15 to 30 minutes and can be scheduled at any time.

At Hirsch Pediatric Dentistry, we are all about our client’s needs. Contact us today to book an appointment.

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