As we are all aware, coronavirus (COVID-19) has made a considerable impact on our community as it has throughout the world.
The recommendations set forth by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Dental Association (ADA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have always been strictly followed in our office. Keeping those recommendations at the forefront, we have implemented several changes to take additional precautions to ensure that our staff and patients are safe.
Our office has always implemented exhaustive infection control measures. In addition to those, we revamped our precautions by using the recommended face mask respirators, eye protection, face shields, and isolation gowns. We have adopted a method of frequent whole-office fog/mist disinfection that utilizes non-toxic and environmentally friendly compounds. We also have ultraviolet lamps in our treatment rooms that are used as an extra measure of precaution after the fog/mist disinfection. All staff is screened daily for COVID-19 symptoms and risks.
Prior to their appointment, all patients and any person who accompanies them will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and risks. Only those who meet the criteria will be able to be seen at this time. Our waiting room is temporarily closed, and we kindly request that all patients check-in from their vehicles either by text or phone call, then wait in their vehicle for further instruction. We ask that all patients come alone to their appointment. If the patient is a minor, only one parent/legal guardian may be present during the evaluation visit. A mask is required for anyone entering the office. The temperature of both the patient and the parent/legal guardian will be checked. Hand sanitizer will be provided to use upon entering the office and as needed. Social Distancing guidelines will be followed. All patient appointments will be staggered apart enough to minimize possible contact with other patients. The office and treatment areas will be thoroughly disinfected between each patient.
We ask you to notify our practice if you, a family member or your escort to your appointment, have traveled out of the country, have been exposed to anyone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, or if you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed below. We will have to reschedule your appointment for a future date.
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
For further information, including measures to keep yourself healthy, visit the following links:
- Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html
- Symptoms: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html
- Steps When Sick: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html
We look forward to taking good safe care of our patients! All the visit information and protocol changes will be communicated to you prior to your appointment.