Our office follows 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 made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

  • Screening: 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.  Along with being asked to use hand sanitizer and have you and your child’s temperature taken.  For the health of our patients and staff, we will require you to reschedule if your or your child are symptomatic.

 

  • We will ask you to complete forms electronically via secure email.

 

  • HEPA filtration units providing clean air throughout the office along with extraoral suction units.

 

  • What to Bring: We require that both you and your child wear masks prior to entering the office, this will be necessary.  Bring warm clothing as the office will be cooler due to staff wearing increased PPE.

 

  • Who may come to appointments: In an effort to maintain as much social distancing as possible, we ask that only ONE parent/guardian accompany your child (unless an additional adult is legally required as a translator or to help patients with disabilities).  All other family members will be asked to wait OUTSIDE the office.  Siblings, however, may be scheduled together for your convenience.

 

  • You may 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.  Please let your child know the staff and the dentist will look a little different, but  that we are dressed this way for their safety and ours. Such as face shields, surgical hair caps, masks, full gowns.

 

  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment. To reduce the number of persons in the reception area at any one time, We may ask you to wait in your car after checking in until your child is ready to be seen.  At that time, we will text you to come back

 

  • 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.