The pipeline of dental procedures is starting to fill up, and consumer confidence is very high, according to Sikka Software CEO.

By Tonya Johnson

According to new data issued by Sikka Software, New York healthcare dental practices will be back to pre-COVID-19 level of business beginning July 11. Additionally, California, Florida, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Kansas are already back to their pre-Covid-19 numbers.

The company recently launched Sikka Insights, a data analytics tool that gives insights on scheduling, production, treatment plans, procedures and other key performance indicators (KPIs).

Vijay Sikka, chief executive officer of the company says, “By looking at the data, we see that the patients are coming back and hygienists who do regular teeth cleaning and periodontal treatment are back to work. This shows that the pipeline of dental procedures is definitely starting to fill up, and that consumer confidence is very high.”

He reports that orthodontics is currently within 10% of its pre-COVID-19 production across the United States overall. And in most states that are now open, the data shows a 7 to 20% increase above the pre-COVID levels. Restorative services, like fillings, are at almost 19% of what they were before the pandemic, and preventative visits, like hygiene, is within 6%. 

Sikka Insights is designed for its users to draw easy connections between practice activity, shifting demand and constantly changing market conditions. In this new environment, companies in the business of healthcare need to make mission-critical decisions at an unprecedented pace. The founder also notes that COVID-19 has caused a backup and pent up demand for orthodontic, endodontic, and oral surgery procedures. OP

Tonya Johnson is associate editor of Orthodontic Products