Corona Virus Update
Our office is now open for all treatments.
The dental community has long been prepared to prevent infectious disease spread. We adhere to universal precautions such as single use gloves, masks, eyewear, and sterilization and disinfecting measures to minimize risks at all times. We have also added several new procedures and policies to protect patients in light of the recent pandemic.
Patients who are exhibiting symptoms of coronavirus should cancel their appointments. Those symptoms include the presence of fever, chills, shortness of breath, muscle aches, a sudden loss of taste or smell, or other flu-like symptoms. Also, patients who have tested positive for coronavirus or who have been in direct contact with suspected or confirmed cases of coronavirus in the past two weeks should reschedule their visits to our office.
Patients will be asked to wear face coverings in our office at all times (except during their actual treatment, obviously). This does not have to be a medical grade mask. A cloth covering over the nose and mouth will suffice. All our clinical and front desk staff will be wearing masks and face shields at all times. Patients will find that they can adequately socially distance themselves from other patients in our office.
We will minimize the use of our waiting room. Patients who prefer not to use our waiting room can call our office when they arrive. We can then alert patients by phone when their treatment room is ready. Otherwise, we can space several patients out by 6 feet or more in our lobby.
Patients are asked not to bring others to their appointments unless absolutely necessary (such as a parent accompanying a patient who is a minor). Individuals who accompany patients should plan to remain in their vehicles if possible.
Once in our office, we will be asking patients several screening questions, and every patient’s temperature will be taken after they sanitize their hands. We will also ask patients to use an antiviral mouthrinse at the beginning of each appointment.
We have implemented the iqAir system in our office. This is a sophisticated air purification system which exchanges the air in our office multiple times per hour while filtering out even the smallest viral and bacterial particles. IQAir’s HyperHEPA filtration system is tested and certified to filter 99.5% of all particles down to 0.003 microns. IQAir is the #1 choice of hospitals worldwide. In fact, the Hong Kong Hospital Authority chose IQAir to help fight the spread of the SARS virus a few years ago.
We understand that some patients will want to delay treatment. But, we want to remind you that periodontal problems are generally progressive. While many periodontal conditions are not painful, they will progress without proper intervention. Please call us if you are ready to protect your oral health.
We are currently fully prepared to perform all scheduled surgical procedures and are taking all necessary precautions to ensure your safety and well-being. We will adjust our schedule to follow best-practices and recommendations encouraged by relevant medical experts and our professional societies.