Dentists are the latest group experiencing limitations due to the domino effect of the COVID-19 virus. Park Rapids dentists remain open for emergencies.

Dr. Lora Nelson and Dr. David Andersen are still available to treat patients with dental emergencies, but are operating on an on-call basis only.

“Per the mandates from Governor Walz and the MN Board of Dentistry, our office will be closed to all non-emergency procedures until further notice,” Dr. Nelson said. “In an effort to allow our staff to remain home and safe with their families, the office will not be staffed for any regular clinic hours and will operate under our typical on-call policies until further notice. Should you need to reach our doctors in the event of an emergency, please call our office and listen to the directions on our answering machine.”

Dr. Nelson stressed that it is very important that dental emergency patients contact their dentist before seeking treatment at a local emergency room or clinic.

“If you feel that you have a true dental emergency during this closure period ,such as uncontrolled bleeding, swelling, trauma or intense pain, please call our office phone number for instructions to reach Dr. Nelson or Dr. Andersen's mobile phones for triage,” she said. “We will do our best to help you through this difficult time.”

Pine Park Family Dentistry is taking emergency cases, such as swelling due to infection or extreme pain or a severe trauma injury. Call the office and staff will provide guidance. Tentatively, the office will open for regular patients April 17, but that decision is up to the American Dental Association. For now, all regular appointments are being cancelled to be rescheduled at a later date.

Northwoods Dental is also seeing patients for emergencies. Patients should call first and will be asked to fill out a screening form about possible COVID-19 exposure before being seen.

“They will be asked if they have travelled internationally or been on a cruise in the last two weeks or have been in contact with anybody who has been diagnosed or is under investigation for the COVID-19 virus,” Dr. Jason Murray said. “We also want to make sure no one’s got a fever, cough or shortness of breath. We’re screening both our emergency patients and also screening our staff on a daily basis. We’re trying to minimize the risk to everybody.”

At Pleasant Avenue Dentistry, established patients can call the office for emergencies, beginning Monday, March 30. Decisions on who will be seen for emergencies will be made by office staff.