GLEN COVE, NY — Northwell Health’s comprehensive dental medicine practice in Glen Cove has reopened with $25,000 in the latest technology, including safety measures to protect against COVID-19, officials announced recently.
The dental practice, which is located at 10 Medical Plaza, adheres to strict guidelines set by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for COVID-19 precautions, including maximum personal protective equipment such as face shields, N-95 masks, surgical masks, protective gowns, caps and foot protectors for staff, Northwell officials said in a news release. All dentists and dental assistants have received the COVID-19 vaccine, according to Northwell Health’s senior Vice President and chair of dental medicine, in what he calls “a vital step in preventing transmission and illness.”
“Dentistry is seen to be high risk because the mouth is one of the primary sources of the virus,” Dr. Hirsch stated in a news release. “Northwell has revamped the Glen Cove practice, adding state-of-the art equipment and 100 percent compliance with infection control measures to prevent COVID-19 transmission and allay patients’ fears.”
Before the pandemic, the American Dental Association estimated that about 20 percent of the population had a general fear of going to the dentist, and that, coupled with patients’ heightened anxiety of COVID-19, caused many people to delay dental treatment, as well as other preventive health care services in 2020, according to Northwell.
HEPA, or medical-grade air filters have been installed at the practice and its treatment rooms are isolated, enclosed rooms using hospital-level negative pressure systems to keep airborne illnesses from traveling outside the room. Extra-oral suction devices, which capture aerosols from a patient’s mouth during dental procedures, have also been upgraded as part of the renovation.
Clinical services at the practice ranges from routine dental cleanings to fillings, root canals, crowns and bridges to dental implants, as well as biopsy and oral pathology. Patients can also choose to be sedated while their work is undertaken and there is also treatment for sleep apnea.
The dental medicine portion of the practice offers the latest technology for permanent, full arch tooth replacement, meaning a full set of upper or lower teeth affixed to the upper or lower jaws, a service that can be performed in a day, according to Northwell.
“Dental implants don’t crack or break and patients can’t lose them like dentures,” stated Dr. Hirsch. “Implants fit extremely well — patients can eat a wide variety of foods and generally offer people a better quality-of-life.”
Dr. Hirsch noted that it’s important to see a dentist for routine or complex care because he or she might be able to determine “underlying secondary health conditions at their earliest stages such as oral cancer or infections in teeth.”
The dental practice, which is part of Northwell Physician Partnerslarge health care network, includes Dr. Leonard Patella, DDS; Dr. Joshua Segal, MD, DDS; Dr. William Stewart, DDS; Dr. Jacqueline Sobota, DMD, Ph.D; Dr. Theresa Fan, DDS; and Dr. Stephen Roth, DDS.
In addition to the Glen Cove practice, the system’s Physician Partners has four other locations, including Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park and Manhattan Maxillofacial Surgery.