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Dental Tourism Abroad- Important COVID-19 Considerations for Patients

Dental Tourism Abroad- Important COVID-19 Considerations for Patients

Dental Tourism Abroad- Important COVID-19 Considerations for Patients

Novel Coronavirus has spread its impact globally and brought everything on hold. All the medical centers and hospitals including the dental clinics are experiencing historic challenges due to the pandemic of COVID-19. The impact is evident in almost every region across the globe due to government-enforced lock-down, social distancing and quarantine rules. This has led local dental clinics recommending cancellation of all non-emergency dental treatments, whereas dental tourism (traveling abroad for dental care) is out of the question. However, it is also a fact that such a situation will not stay forever. People will get adjusted to the “new normal” and move towards safety solutions.

Dental Travel- Hope Lies in the Future

Some countries are showing positive signs of improvement. For example, Mexico has remarkably managed the outbreak of coronavirus and likely to restart its health tourism industry soon. The country has initiated efforts to loosen restrictions and reopen its economy and one of the vital measures has been accepting foreign patients from some countries by following certain isolation rules and security conditions. Gradually, more countries will also start accepting international patients, which will give a boost to medical travel including dental tourism. However, the dental care providers need to be stricter as the chances of virus transmission are significantly higher in a dental procedure in comparison to other treatments.

COVID Transmission and Dental Treatment

The COVID-19 virus can be present in the infected patients’ saliva, which plays a key role in human to human transmission. Healthcare professionals like dentists may unknowingly provide direct care to the infected but asymptomatic patients or people who are not yet diagnosed with COVID-19. The dentists can be at high risk of inhaling aerosols or airborne particles produced during dental procedures on such patients, as the chances of being exposed to the virus directly increase significantly. Those dentists can carry on treatments on other patients before they start developing symptoms and may transmit the virus on them as well. Thus, dentistry is a high-risk branch, which calls for proper safety measures and preventive strategies for every dentist and clinics providing dental care.

Check Safety Measures Taken by the Dental Clinic

Many people are waiting for the ease of travel restrictions and book for dental procedures abroad. If you are one of them, it is very important to get assured that the clinic you plan to visit is strictly following the safety protocols.

  • The clinic must ensure proper sanitization of the entire premise
  • Sanitary gel stations at entry and exit points
  • Face masks for dental and medical staff all times during the work shifts
  • Not allowing staff with COVID-19 symptoms at the clinic
  • Asking patients to complete questionnaires before treatment certifying that they have not exhibited flu-like-symptoms nor they have traveled to/from specific countries

Urgent- Non-Urgent Dental Treatment Breakdown

It is obvious that initially, every country will look towards addressing patients who need urgent and emergency dental care. The non-urgent procedures can be postponed until things turn better in terms of safety and dental tourism.

Urgent Dental Treatments:

  • Dental trauma with avulsion/luxation
  • Localized bacterial infection resulting in localized pain and swelling
  • Surgical post-operative osteitis, dry socket dressing changes
  • Severe dental pain from pulpal inflammation
  • Tooth fracture causing soft tissue trauma or pain
  • Pericoronitis or third-molar pain
  • Dental treatment required prior to critical medical procedures
  • Final crown/bridge cementation if the temporary restoration is lost, broken or causing gingival irritation
  • Abnormal tissue biopsy

Emergency Dental Treatments:

  • Trauma involving facial bones, potentially compromising the patient’s airway
  • Cellulitis or a diffuse soft-tissue bacterial infection with extra-oral or intra-oral swelling that potentially compromises the patient’s airway
  • Uncontrolled bleeding

Non-Urgent Procedures:

  • Aesthetic dentistry
  • Restorative dentistry
  • Orthodontic procedures
  • Preventive therapies or routine dental cleaning
  • Asymptomatic teeth extraction

Communication is the Key- Staying Informed and Updated

Whether your dental care requirement is urgent or not so urgent, you must stay informed and updated about the status of the dental clinics where you want to travel. You should search for the clinics and communicate with them regarding the procedure you want to avail. Some clinics have also started online consultation and second opinion packages, where you can get advice from the expert dentists abroad regarding precautions you can conduct until you can fly aboard for the treatment. Regular communication with the dental clinics will also help you to stay updated about the pricing, booking and other essential details about the procedure you are planning to opt.

Everyone is facing the biggest challenge of their lives and the situation is quite exigent for people seeking dental treatment abroad. However, there are some positive scenarios taking place in many countries, which are gradually going back towards normalcy. It is also obvious that things will start moving in every country sooner or later, which means dental tourism will be back on priority once again. Till then, it is important that you keep yourself educated, updated and most importantly safe. You can use this time to improve your oral hygiene to prevent dental problems from happening during the COVID outbreak and also to remain well-prepared for your dental procedure in the future.

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by: PlacidWay


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