Our Office’s Safety Precautions
To help prevent the transmission of all respiratory infections, including COVID-19, we adhere to standardized infection control measures, such as performing hand hygiene, providing tissues and no-touch receptacles to throw away used tissues, and screening patients. We follow routine cleaning and disinfection strategies as well as appropriate sterilization of all tools and equipment. We also use new facemasks and gloves for each patient per guidelines set by the FDA and CDC.
We are screening patients prior to appointments as well as at the appointment for any change in symptoms. We are also cleaning and disinfecting public areas frequently, including door handles, chairs, and bathrooms.
If you have an appointment scheduled within the next few weeks, please contact our office if you experience any of the following:
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of taste or smell
- Travel within the past 14 days to affected geographical regions We will discuss your health status, the dental treatment you require, and whether or not visiting our office will be safe for you, our other patients, and our staff.
When you visit our office, we ask that you arrive on time for your appointment, rather than too early. You will call the number listed on the signs in the parking lot to let us know that you have arrived. You will wait in your car until we are ready for you and we will call you and meet you at the door. We are currently limiting people in our waiting room. If you do not have a cell phone, please knock on the front door so we know that you are here. We ask that you also bring a facemask from home to wear in the office. If you do not have one, we will provide you with one. If you require someone to accompany you to the appointment, they will need to wear a mask and will need to go back to the room with you. They will not be allowed to wait in the waiting room for you.
Prior to your appointment you will receive a text with a link to fill out a Covid-19 screening form. Please complete this before your appointment when prompted. If you do not do so, you will be called.
How can you prevent contracting or spreading COVID-19?
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds. If you don’t have access to soap and water, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Maintain at least six feet of distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Do not use your hands.
- Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, seek medical attention.
If you would like more information about our office’s dedication to your health and safety, please give us a call. For more information about what you can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19, please visit the World Health Organization website.