AUSTIN (Nexstar) — As Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced he would loosen restrictions on medical procedures, dentists across the state immediately looked for the fine print.
Dentists, hygenists and patients have spent the past five days attempting to interpret whether trips to the dentist are allowed under Abbott’s executive order. The initial mandate was meant to reserve the supply of personal protective equipment for COVID-19 patients. Some non-essential surgeries will once again be allowed in the state, starting Wednesday.
For days, dental workers have wondered when they’d be able to see patients again.
“The uncertainty is what has us members and dentists across the state wondering whether or not we can open,” said Dr. Matt Roberts, who has run a small dental office in the rural East Texas town of Crockett for four decades.