Coronavirus Concerns & Precautions
To all our patients and colleagues,
COVID-19 Coronavirus is on top of everyone’s mind. As a healthcare provider and employer, we take our responsibility to our patients, colleagues, and community seriously. We are actively navigating the sea of information to be sure that we are acting in accordance with organizations like the CDC, OSHA, ADA, and FDA. This letter is to inform you of the actions and status of our practice after substantial consideration.
At this time, our office will remain open for essential dental procedures. All non-essential care will be delayed until April 30th, 2020. This means that all regularly scheduled hygiene and new patient exams are going to be rescheduled unless it is to diagnose and treat pain, swelling, broken or fractured teeth. There will be a few post operative and surgical appointments that will be honored based upon a case-by-case basis. We are available during this time for emergencies.
It is important to note that our practice has always maintained high levels of sterility. We are a surgical office and this requires strict enforcement of protective measures to provide surgical care in a safe and effective manner. At this time we are following even further precautions to ensure the safety of our team, patients, and community.
Our commonsense approach of our situation:
- A healthcare facility that is maintained as ours, is in fact, a safe place.mIt is constantly being cleaned, barriers replaced, and then disinfected immediately after patient dismissal.
- We have expanded our protocols into every area of the office, not just treatment rooms.
- The reception area, bathrooms, commonly touched surfaces will be cleaned regularly.
- We have managed our schedule so that we do not have many people in the office at one time, thus decreasing exposure of one another to promote social distancing.
- Magazines and coffee makers have been removed from reception area.
What we are asking of our patients and team members that require care during this time:
- If you have had contact with anyone that has a respiratory infection, please stay home.
- If you feel "off" please stay home.
- If you are immunocompromised, please stay home.
- If you feel well and coming to our office, please wash your hands for 20 seconds with the soap and water or hand sanitizer upon arriving.
- Please discontinue all handshaking, hugs, and other physical greetings.
We take the health and safety of our team, patients, and their loved ones very seriously. As the situation unfolds, we may change our protocols or schedule as needed. Be assured we will contact any patients who will be affected during this temporary schedule modification.