In recognition of ongoing news reports and the continued spread of the COVID-19 virus, we realize our patients have questions. As dedicated health care professionals, we want you to know that we remain as diligent as ever in protecting the health and safety of our patients and staff. Our practice strictly adheres to and exceeds the standards for infection control by wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), using hospital-grade disinfectants, practicing the latest sterilization protocols, utilizing single-use disposable materials, and more. Every effort we have in place is to ensure the safety of our patients and staff. We want you to know that we are monitoring this situation very closely, and we will keep you updated regularly. Symptoms of coronavirus are reported as flu-like, with varying degrees of severity. While we do not know everything about this virus to date, individuals who are elderly and/or immunocompromised appear to be the most at risk of a severe infection.
New Protocols for Dental Treatment
FOR OUR STAFF:
- All staff will be screened daily for COVID-19 symptoms including, temperature, cough, or contact with any COVID-19 people.
- All staff will be wearing PPE (personal protective equipment) that includes:
- N95 Mask
- Protective Gowns Over Surgical Scrubs
- All staff will engage in frequent hand washing and use of hand sanitizer.
- No staff PPE will leave the office.
FOR OUR PATIENTS:
- All patients calling for an appointment will be screened for a history of COVID-19 symptoms, including, temperature, cough, shortness of breath, contact with any other COVID-19 person, travel within the past 14 days.
- At the appointment time, patients will be asked to remain in their car and call the office. Please wear a face mask if you have one.
- Patients will be met at the front door and screened for temperature and COVID-19 symptoms. If your temperature is above 100.4 F, you will be asked to go home and call your primary care physician for advice.
- If patients are unable to be seen, a teledentistry appointment can be made.
- Once in the office, patients will be given a mask if not already wearing one and seated in the treatment room.
- A 1% H2O2 (hydrogen peroxide) rinse will be provided to reduce the viral content in your mouth.
- Rubber dams will be used whenever possible to minimize any aerosol spread.
- HEPA filters have been placed in the office.
We thank you in advance and extend our gratitude for your understanding and cooperation. Together, we can help keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office, and one of our staff will return your call as soon as possible.