Category: Author: David Hall
Week 11 after the shutdown from COVID-19 pandemic is the fourth week of the return to seeing patients in many states.
Last week showed a huge surge in appointment requests, which has tapered off somewhat this week but continues strong. Last week’s appointment requests were 143% of normal. This past week our data shows patient-initiated appointment requests to be at 110% of normal. We are taking “normal” to be the average number of weekly appointment requests for the entire year 2019. Here is the latest graph:
Also, two days ago several from our office attended the ADA webinar from their Health Policy Institute where we got a lot of statistics on the status of the dental industry across the country. I thought you might be interested in seeing this chart showing in what states dental practices were open for business a week ago Monday, which would be May 18:
The light green indicates states where dental practices are open but there are some restrictions imposed by the states on the procedures they are allowed to do. The solid green states are fully open with no restrictions. We note that even in states that have been closed to all but emergency dental visits, practices are still receiving requests from patients for non-emergency dental visits.