With careful adherence to state and local requirements and recommendations, our office is open and actively treating existing patients for routine care as well as welcoming new patients to our practice.
Our major goal has always been to maintain a safe environment for all of our patients and staff, and during this pandemic we have made a variety of procedural changes in order to continue to accomplish this goal. We are strictly following the CDC, OSHA, and county health department guidelines and in case this is your first visit with us under these challenging conditions, we would like to outline for you what a visit to our office will now look like and enumerate for you the steps we have taken to make you feel comfortable bringing your child for his or her dental visit.
- We have increased the length of appointments in order to give our staff additional time between appointments to sanitize their rooms.
- We are now staggering appointment times in order to help maintain social distancing when there are multiple patients in the office.
- We are now using online forms to update health histories, enter new or changed insurances, or make address changes.
- We are limiting the number of family members (as well as staff members) at each visit to try and minimize the number of individuals in the office at any given time.
At the appointment:
- You will be asked to call from your car upon arrival and we will let you know if we are ready for your child to come up for the visit.
- Again, to maintain social distancing, we will not be using our waiting room and will ask the parent, whenever possible, to wait in their car or outside the door.
- For all who enter the office, facial coverings are required, temperatures will be taken, and questions about Covid exposure or symptoms will be evaluated. (Those with a temperature of 99.6 or above will be asked to reschedule.)
- Hand sanitizer will be applied and the patient will be taken back to the operatory immediately.
- Once treatment is completed, the patient will be dismissed and sent down to his parent or a parent will be called to come up to retrieve him or her.
- In the case of checkups, the hygienist and doctor will fill out a report card with any findings and if necessary, the doctor will call with any findings other than routine (or if the parent requests a personal contact.)
- Treatment rooms will be immediately sanitized and an appropriate amount of time in between patients will be allotted.
Other Procedures and Measures
- All of our rooms now contain Air Purifiers in order to minimize aerosols (fine droplets or spray) in the air and new stronger air filters have been installed in our office air conditioning system.
- At this time, whenever possible, we are limiting the amount of aerosol producing procedures that we perform and are keeping only one patient per treatment room at a time.
- Sanitizing of treatment rooms is done immediately after completion of visit and throughout the office periodically or when hand contact or coughing or sneezing occurs randomly.
- Plexiglas shields have been placed in appropriate locations where contact is anticipated with front office staff.
Please call us with any questions or concerns.