In mid-March, Governor Cuomo mandated that New York State Dentists cease providing routine dental care in an effort to preserve personal protective equipment (PPE). Approximately one week later, dentists were also asked to donate their supply of PPE to local hospitals in response to an impending shortage of masks, gloves, gowns, etc.
Unfortunately, many dentists now find themselves in the position of being unable to treat patients, even for emergencies, due to a total lack of PPE. Dental emergencies are a small but very real portion of Emergency Room visits and dentists have attempted to do their part by treating these patients in their offices. However, dental and medical suppliers are currently limiting the distribution of N95 masks and some third party sellers are requiring bulk orders of PPE. This amounts to tens of thousands of dollars for equipment which may or may not be real; but even in a best case scenario, this is extremely cost prohibitive. For dentists across New York State, patient volume is down and many have been forced to shutter their practices (even if just for the time being).
The New York Dental Alliance is a group of over 600 dentists from around New York State who have teamed up to hold their governing bodies accountable, to mandate that dentistry be considered an "essential business" (because it is!), to ensure that dentists are given clear infection control guidelines and access to proper PPE, all while continuing to deliver excellent patient care.
I am asking that you donate whatever you can (no amount is too small) to facilitate a bulk order of N95 respirators from a vetted supplier. Our goal is to raise $25,000 (or 10,000 masks), which will then be distributed to dentists around New York State. Please help us raise money for this worthwhile cause! And remember, just because there's a pandemic doesn't mean you can stop flossing!
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