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Welcome to the Seattle-King County Dental Society!

The Seattle-King County Dental Society is a membership organization of almost 1,700 dentists practicing in King County, Washington. We are a component society of the Washington State Dental Association and the American Dental Association.  If you would like to learn more about the dental society, please click here.

Our dentists enjoy numerous member benefits from their tripartite membership. To apply for membership, visit our Membership Application page or contact us for more information.

During the COVID crisis, SKCDS in an effort to help the ​WHOLE dental profession is offering CDE courses to all dentists. ​On SKCDS's Home Page ​we will post COVID specific information & courses. For a complete listing of ​upcoming SKCDS sponsored and co-sponsored ​courses ​with links to previously recorded presentations - please navigate to the Continuing Education area.

MEMBER BENEFIT - PPE Supplier List

Your Success fuels SKCDS Success - Under the Member Login drop down menu - go to RESOURCES and SKCDS has compiled a list of vendors with PPE supplies for your offices. Our Members requested this information, SKCDS Leadership ​listened and we are providing ​dentists the resources to help protect our patients, the public, your team and yourself. We are better - together.


Drs. Baruffi, Christianl. Trembly, Kennedy, Skigaki and many more working for our dentists and profession

Fit Testing for PPE is Underway!

SKCDS in ​partnership with WSDA, has gathered, and trained, a group of volunteers to provide Fit Tests to King County dental offices. This service is FREE to members. For non-members, we request a donation of $100, per office, to purchase supplies so the program may continue. To schedule a fit test for your office, go to the "Members Login" ​Drop Down Tab - select "Resources", there members will find ​a list of volunteers. Contact 1-2 volunteers located geographically closest to your office. Volunteers will schedule their own testing visits based upon availability. Non-member dental offices can contact SKCDS to make a donation and ​gain access to the names of Fit Test volunteers. We ask that dental offices coordinate with their Fit Test volunteers to mitigate risks. Depending on the number of people needing to be fit tested, the test fit process takes about 1 hour to complete. For more information or if a non-member dentist, please contact Sandra at sandra@skcds.com or call 206-448-6620.

SKCDS Delegates Working Hard Representing ​our Dental Profession


The dedicated SKCDS Delegates to the WSDA House have already met twice on our behalf, prior to a special “Ballot without Meeting” next week starting on 7/23. The SKCDS Delegation previously sent a letter to the WSDA Board asking to separate the motion for a virtual meeting from the call to postpone elections until 2021. WSDA responded that they will forward SKCDS concerns to their Board who will decide on this at their upcoming meeting. SKCDS delegates are scheduled to attend a third meeting 7/22 for a question & answer session with WSDA. Here are the three resolutions that WSDA has proposed for consideration prior to the 2000 HOD. Your delegates are volunteers who are all working overtime this year to represent SKCDS member dentists – please help them make dentistry the best possible profession for us all.

HD-01-2020
HD-02-2020
HD-03-2020

 

WSDA Secures N95 & Surgical Masks for WA Dentists (6/23)

WSDA, the ADA and Delta Dental of Washington — has secured critical PPE for dentists. We have secured 340,000 NIOSH-approved N95 masks and 560,000 surgical masks from the Washington State Emergency Management Division to be shipped directly to dentists by The Dentists Supply Company (TDSC). As a benefit of membership, WSDA member dentists are hearing about this offer first and have a head-start on placing their orders.

What you need to know:

  • One free PPE kit is available to each actively practicing licensed Washington dentist. 

  • Mask orders will be fulfilled and shipped directly to dentists by TDSC. The masks themselves are being offered at no cost, but there will be a $10 shipping and handling cost.

  • You must place an order through TDSC to receive your masks. To ensure the masks are being distributed only to licensed dentists within the state (regardless of WSDA membership status), dentists will need to have a FREE TDSC.com account and upload proof of licensure to place an order. 

  • Click here to see tips on how to create a new account and reset your password. If you already have a TDSC.com account, you don’t need to create a new one.

  • For fastest processing time, please place a separate order for any other products you may need. 

Order Your PPE Kit

Questions on account set-up or shipping can be directed to TDSC at (888) 253-1223. To learn more about the masks, click here.

Please Note: The model of mask we are able to provide is determined by availability from the Washington State Emergency Management Division and is out of WSDA’s control.

FREE PPE RESOURCE: King County Public Health

Certain PPEs are in Short Supply everywhere, another source that has been "partially" working is King County Public Health - would recommend dentists apply for PPEs from this resource with an understanding that you will probably not receive everything you request.

All weekly PPE requests must be submitted every Wednesday by 12pm at rcecc.logs@kingcounty.gov. Please make sure to put your facility's address on the request because King County will not deliver to residential addresses. Additionally, King County will NOT provide PPE outside of its jurisdiction.

King County Public Health prioritizes PPE deliveries based on the State's tiering guideline (per Washing State Dept. of Health, dental facilities were Tier #2 at time of this posting last week of May). 
 
https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/emergency-management.aspx

(For the APPLICATION FORM) after following the link above
Scroll Down to the paragraph heading...
"Do you need supplies or staff for the COVID-19 response? "
Then click on link for the EXCEL file that will act as the Application Form for requesting supplies
Submit as instructed

Update 6/5: Submitted test order week of May 5/27, received confirmation email 9 day later on 6/5 - for partial fulfillment of that order - with an estimated delivery window of 5-6 days from confirmation. So a net total of 14-16 days. 





SKCDS Member Only Vendors List


SKCDS has a list of mainly local vendors whom are listed behind the membership log-in that may have PPE supplies that you may purchase.

​List updated  5/22 with 4 new VENDORS to help ​SKCDS's members obtain the PPEs they need


SKCDS ​Job Board is ​Now Live

 

Want to List an Opening or Availability:  Log in to the Members Only RESOURCE section and follow the instructions on how to post a job listing(s) or an individual's availability to the Job Board. 



    

Volunteers Sought 

Dentists Helping Dentists our Patients and Community

SKCDS is looking for member dentists who are willing and able to provide emergent or urgent dental services during the pandemic so that other member dentists who may be high-risk or don’t have necessary PPE can find care for their patients of record.

Unfortunately, the number of patients requiring emergency dental care is increasing every day. SKCDS realizes not all dental offices are equipped or able to help their patients ​at the current time. A Dental Emergency - treated in a dental office takes 2 or 3 sets of PPEs; the same dental emergency - treated in a hospital emergency room will ​require at least 6 and up to 9 sets of PPEs and may not provide a definitive treatment.

Dentists wishing to volunteer for this may email
Randy@SKCDS.com
and provide: 1 Name, 2 City of Practice & 3 Email. The List of Volunteers will be compiled and updated in the RESOURCES section - a members only benefit. 

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COVID-19  Resources for Members

See below ​for a regularly updated list of upcoming COVID-19 related classes

**Please see our "Continuing Education" section for a full list of past webinars**

    
Human Resource Questions?

Mr. Paul Schaber ​of The Management Trust can answer 20-30 minutes of HR questions for SKCDS members. To access th​is ​MEMBER BENEFIT - log into SKCDS's Resources "Home Page" for contact information.


Washington AGD presents "WAGD Stay Home, Stay Healthy CE"! Complimentary for all Dental Professionals.


SKCDS would like to thank EVERYONE at the WAGD for CDE during the shut down.

ADA Continues to Fight the Opioid Epidemic 

• National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

•The ADA addresses the opioid crisis -  Read the statement 
• ADA.org/opioids
• MouthHealthy.org/Opioids.

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