COVID-19 Safety Measures Could Lead to Higher Dental Fees

At Barry Dolman’s Côte-des-Neiges dental clinic, contractors are working around the clock putting in glass doors to seal off his two examination rooms and installing a new ventilation system that will vacuum the air from around patients’ mouths and pump it outside.

Many dentists who have open-concept operatory layouts are resorting to using plastic tarps with zippers of the type used in construction projects in order separate their dental chairs.

“Zip tarps have become the new toilet paper of the pandemic,” said Dolman, a former president of the Quebec Order of Dentists. He estimates he will spend $35,000 for changes to his dental office and protective equipment to ensure his safety and that of his staff and patients. At 70 years old, he figures it’s a necessity.

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