A Texas State Dental Board meeting transcript was recently revealed, and it’s not good. The shutdown of dental offices has NOTHING to do with patient welfare. It’s about CONTROL.
Here’s a link to the article with the transcript: https://www.tdmr.org/dentist-dental-board-members-say-that-patients-should-just-deal-with-broken-teeth-and-severe-pain/
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As you know, dental offices across the country have been shut down, allegedly because of COVID. The reasons claimed for doing this are dubious.
The initial justification was to conserve “PPE” (masks) for hospitals expected to be overwhelmed.
Then they claimed that dental offices were risky to spread the virus.
Behind the scenes, I can tell you that the powers that be are NOT concerned about patient safety or well-being, unfortunately. And, this is the case for states across the entire country.
Recently, a transcript from one such Dental Board meeting came to light. This was in Texas, but I dare suggest that the conversations are similar in every state.
In a nutshell: Dental Board Members Say that Patients Should Just Deal with Broken Teeth and Severe Pain.
A Texas state board meeting held on April 21 on whether it was okay under the Governor’s executive order for a dentist to treat someone who had fallen and broken his tooth and was in pain.
The example was of a person that fell down and fractured an upper front tooth, leaving an “exposed nerve”. For those that don’t know, this is an extremely painful and agonizing condition. Left untreated, besides the prolonged agony, this condition could eventually lead to severe dental infection and possible tooth loss or worse.
It was expressed by at least one board member that this condition was not severe enough to warrant dental treatment and the patient would just have to deal with it.
From the transcript…
Dental Board member #1 (who is a dentist): Under this order that we have from the Governor, we should not treat that. The way I read this order you cannot treat that patient. He is not in imminent danger of his life or going to the hospital.
Board Member #2: By your professional judgment?
Dental Board member #1: By my professional judgment. That’s right.
Mind you, the board member’s litmus test was whether the patient was in imminent danger of his life as to whether it constituted a “true dental emergency” necessitating dental treatment. It’s worth noting that once a dental condition becomes life-threatening, that patient CANNOT and SHOULD NOT be treated in a dental office. That patient should be immediately admitted to a hospital. I’m saying that from the perspective of having seen such a patient myself. It happened to be the very first emergency I saw out of dental school. She had to be sent straight to the hospital to prevent her death. Once a dental infection has progressed to that extent, it cannot and should not be treated in a dental office.
This isn’t about patient safety. This isn’t about public health. It’s about control. Imagine that… Those in power have declared patients should just “deal with severe pain.”
It’s disgusting. I did not abide, and I will not abide. I will do what’s RIGHT for my patients. Come get me. Really. I’d welcome both the company AND the confrontation. I hope you’re ready. I am.