Transforming Dental Care with Virtual Consultations
At Eagle Valley Family Dentistry, we are proud to be the first in the Bellefonte area to offer virtual consultations, also known as “teledentistry”. You may be asking, “What can you really accomplish during a virtual appointment?” Well, you may be surprised by our answer!
While teledentistry may be getting more attention recently, it’s actually been around for a while. The United States Department of Defense actually skyrocketed the use of teledentistry back in 1994 as a way to increase access to dental care.
From there, the growth has been substantial. In states like Alaska, teledentistry has been used to help patients in rural areas save time, money, and has even decreased the number of emergency room visits!
Simply defined, teledentistry allows us to use videoconference technology and phone calls to communicate with you if it’s for a consultation, emergency, or in follow-up to a procedure. It’s truly transforming the way we can help provide you the care you need.
According to the American Teledentistry Association, research shows that patients who participated in virtual appointments received the same quality of care as those who didn’t use virtual appointments. So we’re excited to bring the same quality care conveniently to you right in your home.
Examples of Care Provided During a Virtual Dental Consultation
There are actually several ways we can provide you the same quality care through teledentistry.
If you have questions or are having any issues, we can conveniently conduct an assessment through teledentistry. If we already have records or if you can send us photos and videos, we can virtually sit together and provide you an assessment. We’d also be happy to provide any second opinions if you’re new to Eagle Valley Family Dentistry!
Teledentistry provides a convenient way for us to check on you after certain procedures. We can ask you questions and you can provide us any updates or changes.
If we wrote a prescription for you, we can easily have it refilled through a virtual appointment. No need to rearrange your schedule to come to our office!
We’ll actually be able to provide treatment options for some dental issues, such as gum inflammation, pain, and much more. Or if you’re not sure if your issue means scheduling an appointment or going to the emergency room, scheduling a quick virtual appointment with us can point you in the right direction.
Many studies show that when patients utilize teledentistry, it significantly reduces health emergencies and related dental problems. All virtual consultations are private, secure, and compliant with HIPAA regulations.
How To Schedule A Virtual Consultation
If you would like to schedule a virtual consultation, please call Eagle Valley Family Dentistry or schedule an appointment by clicking here. You’ll receive a confirmation email with the date and time of your virtual appointment and any instructions to prepare for your appointment.
After your virtual appointment, you’ll receive any instructions for scheduling follow up appointments or procedures.
If you still have questions please do not hesitate to contact Eagle Valley Family Dentistry at (814) 473-5554 or feel free to use the form below. We’re here to make you smile!