Important Information Regarding COVID-19
Our office is now open for all necessary dental treatments. If you had appointments in March or April that were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, please call our office to reschedule immediately. We are trying to reach out to patients as well.
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 gear, using hospital-grade disinfectants, practicing the latest sterilization protocols, utilizing single-use disposable materials, and more. We are also implementing new procedures and policies specifically for the pandemic. 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.
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. We will sanitize treatment areas as normal, but we will also be giving special attention to common areas like door knobs, bathroom fixtures, etc.
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.
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