The Impossible Question of What Comes Next
“There are decades where nothing happens, and there are weeks where decades happen.” –Vladimir Lenin I don’t usually find myself quoting Vladimir Lenin, but I think we can all agree that the last weeks in March were filled with decades. The COVID-19 pandemic flipped the world upside-down, and we all have had to find ways to get through it. Personally, I ’ve been spending a lot of time in the man cave listening to vinyl records. Music has always been an escape for me. When the stress and uncertainty became overwhelming, I had an interlude with Jackson Browne, Tom Petty, Spirit, or Joe Cocker. It ’s good to mentally step away from the virus and all the bad news and listen to some albums I haven’t heard in a while. Of course, I can’t spend forever in the man cave, listening to old greats. I ’ve found myself with quite a bit of free time recently, and I want to make the most of it. Melody and I have been talking about what to do during this crisis. When we find ourselves in a situation out of our control, the best thing is to focus on what we can control.
We’ve been focusing on improving the office so things will be better than ever when our patients return. Briarfield Dental Care has always followed the strict health and sanitation protocols set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. When you are able to come to the office again for your next appointment, know that your dental health, as well as your overall safety and well- being, is our top priority. The time I ’ve spent at home has also been dedicated to continuing education and many webinar courses. I ’ve been studying new techniques in dentistry as well as refreshing myself on basic techniques and learning better ways of doing established procedures. I ’ve also been concentrating a lot on sleep apnea and dental sleep medicine for adults and children. The research I ’ve done has helped me create a new protocol for how we can better treat kids with sleep conditions. Telemedicine has also been something I ’ve looked into recently. Being able to provide patients care remotely would be very helpful, even when things go back to normal — if things ever get back to normal. Of course, we can’t clean teeth or fill cavities remotely, but
there are some areas of dentistry, particularly sleep health, that could benefit from having telemedicine as an option. This is something we hope to offer our patients soon. Working on these projects has allowed me to look ahead to the future, which is helpful during these uncertain times. I don’t know when we’re going to be in the office again. If I had a set date, getting through this process would be smoother. Right now, we can only take things one day at a time. I want to take a moment to thank our medical providers, first responders, police officers, and essential workers who have done so much to serve our community. These folks aren’t able to hang out and listen to records because they have to be on the front lines of this pandemic. These brave folks have done so much to help the rest of us get through this thing and look to the future.
“When we find ourselves in a situation out of our control, the best thing is to focus on what we can control.”
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