Message from Fifth District President Dr. Jill Jenkins
Like most of you, this has been one of the most challenging times in my dental career. With little notice we were forced to a dead stop in our practices and lives; and now with little notice it appears we are ramping back up again. It has been a time of rollercoaster emotions and a dizzying amount of information that has come across our inbox.
I am thankful for our professional relationships during this time knowing that we are all in this confusion together. I have been so proud of these relationships especially throughout organized dentistry where the ADA and KDA have stepped up to represent dentists during this crisis and will continue to lobby for us as we re-open into a different climate both economically and societally.
I won’t give you a pithy silver lining sentiment like how this will make us better. I’m personally way past that by now. However, if you reached out to a neighbor dentist or colleague either by email, text or social media during this time, I encourage you to keep the conversation going when we get back into our own practices and lives. Relationships have been, and continue to be, the foundation of shared experiences in the dental field where we learn and grow from one another.
Thanks for being a part of organized dentistry both now and in the future. We need each other now more than ever!
Below are links to common topics and concerns in dentistry during and after the COVID-19 shutdown. For the most current information, refer to ada.org/virus and ksdental.org.
In news this week:
- As of this writing, KDHE has approved the reopening of dental offices on May 4 using ADA Return-to-Work guidance (link below). However, if county officials remove dentistry from essential business designation in stay-at-home orders, local restrictions will apply.
- The ADA is urging Congress to include several provisions in the next legislative package, such as flexibility in the timeline for using PPP funds, increasing production of PPE and offering tax credits, and liability protections moving forward.
- FEMA, who is overseeing mask supplies, expects 150 million N95 masks to be in production by July.
As dental offices prepare to reopen, the ADA has created a helpful resource that will continue to be updated as needed. To access your copy, click here.
- Henry Schein has created this checklist of startup guidelines for your office following an extended closure.
- As you treat dental emergencies, you might consider having patients sign a COVID-19 risk form (sample form). Please consult your professional liability carrier to be sure this form is acceptable, or ask for a carrier-specific one.
- A simplified strategic recovery plan is outlined in this practical article by Dr. Roger Levin published in the spring 2020 issue of Dental Practice Success.
Free ADA E-books
Available through May 6
To access your free e-books, visit ebooks.ada.org and log in with your ADA user name and password.
“Guidelines for Practice Success: Managing Patients” helps guide you through the most important aspects of patient management and offers useful tools such as sample scripts, policies and letters; checklists and tips; and sample forms for your practice.
“ADA Dental Drug Handbook: A Quick Reference” covers the drugs most commonly used in the dental practice, with information about dosage, possible interactions, potential complications and more.
From when to reopen offices to PPE necessity and/or availability, the top priority across the board is the safety of both patients and dental teams. Here are a few resources to help.
Anxious. Frustrated. Concerned. Worried. Afraid.
In a survey of dentists across the county, these are the most common words used to describe our feelings these days.
You are not alone. A variety of resources to help manage stress, anxiety, and depression are available in the KDA COVID-19 Resource Center.
All information held by the Wellness Committee is confidential.
Contact the KDA Wellness Program
Dr. Jim Trotter
Chair, KDA Wellness Committee
KDA Wellness Program Director
Fifth District President Dr. Jill Jenkins was elected to serve as the 2020-21 KDA Vice President at the KDA General Assembly April 17.
Fifth District Past President Dr. Dan Nielson was elected to serve as the 2020-21 KDA Treasurer at the KDA General Assembly April 17.
Congratulations, Drs. Jenkins & Nielson!
KANSAS CITY DENTAL SYMPOSIUM
originally scheduled for September 18, 2020 has been postponed until September 2021.
Fifth District Calendar
2020-21 STUDY CLUB PROGRAMS
Friday, September 18, 2020 Fifth District CE program (topic & location TBA) plus Annual Business Meeting & Lunch. Mark your calendar and plan to attend!
2019-20 MEETINGS AND EVENTS
FIFTH DISTRICT EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETINGS
- June 2, 2020 at Tanner's, 143rd & Metcalf, Overland Park
- August 4, 2020 at Jenkins & LeBlanc Overland Park Office
GREATER KANSAS CITY CE CALENDAR
An added benefit to living in the Kansas City metro area is the availability of quality CE programs through our sister organization in Missouri, Greater Kansas City Dental Society. For more information, call 816.737.5353 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- June 12, 2020 OSHA Lecture
- October 9, 2020 Sleep/Occlusion Treatment Planning Lecture
- November 13, 2020 Restorative/Cosmetic Lecture