Dentist offices open May 1 with hopes to decrease emergency room visits

Governor Ralph Northam announced dental offices will be open for business with guidelines in place.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Some Hampton Roads dental offices will be opening up again for procedures other than emergency visits. 

“I’m announcing that elective surgery and dental procedures can resume when the public order expires at midnight tomorrow night,” Governor Ralph Northam said on Wednesday. 

Dr. Mary Lewis is prepared for her patients to come in.

“Just today I was able to procure those masks and normally we would have called the Monday patients and said, ‘Don’t come in.’ But now that we have that equipment, we’re ready to go,” said Lewis. 

Oral surgeon Dr. Scott Goodove explained the opening will help the backlog of patients needing care.

“And with dental, a lot of this stuff the longer it goes without being treated, they turn into emergencies. So with opening up, it’s going to help

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