WE ASK YOU TO RESCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT IF...
(1) IT'S BEEN WITHIN 2 WEEKS OF TESTING POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 OR...
(2) YOU HAVE AT LEAST ONE OF THESE SYMPTOMS (fever greater than 100.4F, new onset or worsening cough, and difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell)...AND/OR AT LEAST TWO OF THESE SYMPTOMS (sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, chills, muscle pain, excessive fatigue, new onset of severe headache, new onset of nasal congestion or runny nose).
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RISK
Our goal is to provide a safe environment for our patients and staff, and to advance the safety of our local community.
The COVID-19 virus is a serious and highly contagious disease. The World Health Organization has classified it as a pandemic. You could contract COVID-19 from a variety of sources. Our practice wants to ensure you are aware of the additional risks of contracting COVID-19 while receiving dental care. The COVID-19 virus has a long incubation period. You or your healthcare providers may have the virus and not show symptoms and yet still be highly contagious. Determining who is infected by COVID-19 is challenging and complicated due to limited availability of virus testing.
Due to the frequency and timing of visits by other dental patients, the characteristics of the virus, and the characteristics of dental procedures, there is an elevated risk of you contracting the virus simply by being in a dental office.
Dental procedures create water spray which is one way the disease is spread. The ultra-fine water spray can linger in the air for a long time, allowing transmission of the COVID-19 virus to those nearby. You can not wear a protective mask over your mouth to prevent infection during treatment as your health care providers need access need access to your mouth to render care. This leaves you vulnerable to COVID-19 transmission while receiving dental treatment.
CHANGES IMPLEMENTED TO ENHANCE YOUR SAFETY
Please note that as a result of COVID-19, we have updated some of our daily procedures. Moving forward there may be some delays in scheduling appointments. You'll still receive the same great service from our dedicated team, however to ensure the safety of all our patients we've implemented the following changes:
We request that you stay in your car until notified to come into the office. If you are handicapped, use a wheelchair, or use a drop off service, you may enter our office and stay in the waiting room.
PLEASE WEAR A MASK AS YOU COME INTO THE OFFICE.
All staff are pre-screened and temperatures taken following CDC guidelines with barriers at the reception area and appropriate PPE worn by stafff for your safety.
We will be taking temperatures on all patients on the day of your appointment. Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You'll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
You will see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children's toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you're offered fewer options for scheduling your appointments.
We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.
If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 within 2 weeks of having visited our office, we ask that you contact us.
Thank you so much for your support. We're happy to continue serving you, and can't wait to see your smile! Please do not hesitate to call if you have any questions.