FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) On March 19th Governor Dunleavy issued a health mandate regarding oral health procedures.
Dentists have only been allowed to preform emergency care to patients due to a mandate from Governor Dunleavy. Fairbanks dentists say if this continues, it could cause problems for patients. (John Dougherty/KTVF)
“The mandates limit dental care to emergencies only, so people who are actively in pain or folks who have swelling or infections can still be treated — but all the preventative and routine care, as you said, is canceled,” said oral and maxillofacial surgeon Richar Hompesch who also owns North Star Oral and Facial Surgery, LLC.
He said that the decisions where necessary, but that there is a trade-off.
“As more patients have to go longer and longer and are unable to get routine dental preventative care, there will be more and more dental emergencies that could have otherwise been easily avoided,”