1 George Emil Palade University of Medicine, Pharmacy, Science, and Technology of Târgu-Mureș, Târgu Mureș, Romania
In the current context of the exponential spread of the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and its associated disease globally, and also in Romania, we are faced with a growing concern in the way it affects us both in terms of public health as well as personally in the activity we carry out every day in our field of work.
Unfortunately, it seems that this pandemic will not end shortly, implicating that we will have to adapt to the new conditions and consider the current protocols as rules that will need to be applied from now on for an extended period of time. During this timeframe, a significant number of people will probably avoid dental treatments (excepting dental emergencies) both because of the way this pandemic affects us financially, but before all else for psychological reasons: it will be difficult for the patients to overcome their fear of falling victim to this novel virus. For many of these, the dental office is a potential source of infection, primarily considering that the person most exposed to this risk is the dentist himself .