Dental offices continue to recover across the country as new COVID-19 cases seem to be slowing down. This according to the latest data released by the American Dental Association’s Health Policy Institute.
As of last month, 71 percent of respondents were seeing patient volumes of more than 86 percent, compared to what was typical in their practice before COVID.
58 percent said they’re back to “business as usual,” the highest since dental offices started to reopen back in May of last year.
Collections are gradually recovering too. 40 percent of respondents were collecting around the same volume they did before the pandemic. A trend that slowly began since September last year.
Another part of the story is how dental offices continue to recover. Most dental offices had to figure out ways to keep afloat. Most respondents decided to raise their fees in order to keep going, while others borrowed money from a bank or changed suppliers. A less common response was applying for government loans. Less than 2 percent of respondents said they did so.
While the COVID-19 pandemic certainly impacted the dental industry , these numbers show that things are getting better. Still, in order to get back to “business as usual” dental offices will need a lot of support. Adjusting to the “new normal” and getting your office back on track is not an easy task, but DentiMax is here for you. From saving money with paperless tools, to implementing teledentistry or curbside waiting rooms, DentiMax has got you covered.
The ADA’s monthly survey consists of over 13,000 respondents, and began back in March, 2020. The summary report can be found here.