With COVID-19, our normal lives and processes have been upended. This includes the dental industry. Though we are now open for all services under a strict protocol, some people still may not feel comfortable coming into the office. This is why we’ve added virtual dentistry to our practice. Dr. Ratti Handa, a dentist in Acton, MA, explains what you can expect from this service.
What is Virtual Dentistry?
Virtual dentistry, also called teledentistry, allows you to have a dental consult from your home. You can use your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop to have a video conference with your dentist. We use doxy.me software, which is HIPAA-compliant, so you can feel safe during your conference and know that your information isn’t going anywhere.
Doxy.me is used so that you can transmit medical information safely and securely. Your data is never stored on the software and your video connection is encrypted. This makes it HIPAA-compliant. It’s also designed to be convenient for the patient. You don’t have to pay for use of the software and you don’t have to make an account to use it either. You’ll simply click a link sent to you by Dr. Handa.
Who’s Teledentistry For?
Technically, virtual dentistry can be for anyone. It’s a convenient option for those that are struggling to get into the office. If you’re at high risk for COVID-19, it makes sense to use virtual dentistry to ask about your dental concerns. This is also true if you’re sick with something else and don’t want to risk spreading your illness in the office.
Virtual dentistry is also helpful for busy parents and working individuals that may have trouble getting into the office for an extra appointment. We also recommend it if you’re getting a second opinion for a restorative or cosmetic dentistry procedure. It’s a good option if you want to discuss a smile makeover to determine a price range and exactly what services Dr. Handa would recommend to you.
Since Dr. Handa specializes in airway dentistry, you can discuss those symptoms with her as well. These include things like snoring, waking up gasping in the middle of the night, or bed-wetting in children. She can help determine if this is something that’s going to need further examination and treatment.
The Virtual Dentistry Consult
To schedule your virtual dentistry appointment, you can do so on our website, making sure that virtual consult is selected on the dropdown. We’ll contact you to figure out a time and give you instructions. You’ll get an emailed link to enter the virtual waiting room and wait until Dr. Handa connects. Once she’s in the room as well, you can comfortably discuss your dental issues knowing that the software you’re using meets all privacy requirements.
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