Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and we’re all looking forward to resuming our normal routines. While many things have changed, one thing remains the same: our commitment to your health and well-being.
As you’ve undoubtedly noticed during visits to our offices, infection control is always a top priority for our practice, regardless of circumstances. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.
Our offices follow infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.
You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff:
- Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You will be asked those same questions again before you enter the office. You will be asked to complete the screening form the day of your visit. Download the COVID-19 Screening Form
- We will check temperatures on patients and anyone intending to accompany them prior to entering the office.
- We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office.
- You may see that our waiting areas will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect. Additionally, all gaming systems will be turned off.
- Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
- We ask that you minimize bringing guests or other family members when you visit the office so that only the patient (and parent/guardian if child is young or has special needs) is in the clinic area. If a guardian wishes to come in with the patient, only one person will be allowed to enter the office with a patient. At this time, we are not allowing more than one guardian or siblings to come in. Parents of older children and teens will be asked to wait in the car until the appointment is completed so we can minimize the number of people in the waiting areas.
We look forward to seeing you all again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.
Thanks again and keep smiling!