Regular dental appointments are an important part of taking care of your overall health. While it can be tempting to put off your regular checkup until things feel more “normal” again, I advise against it.
Routine appointments give me an opportunity to check for a number of health conditions and catch them early. Some conditions, like tooth decay, can be more difficult, painful and expensive to treat if they are left undetected.
Your health and safety is, and has always been, my top priority. My staff and I are taking every precaution to limit the risk of COVID-19 transmission at your visit.
A phone or video appointment is not the same as your regular appointment. Tele dentistry can be helpful in some situations, such as deciding if an oral health issue you are experiencing is an emergency that requires immediate treatment or if it is something that can wait a bit. If you think you may be experiencing a dental emergency, call my office and we will help you decide if you need to come in.
There are several science-backed steps my staff and I are taking to help limit the spread of COVID-19.
You should schedule your dental appointment for the time of day that works for you. The same enhanced cleaning protocols occur all day long, including leaving the room empty after a patient leaves to allow the appropriate time necessary as part of thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting the space between patients.
Staff at our practice are subject to daily health screenings. This includes taking their temperatures to make sure they do not have a fever and asking them a series of health-related questions each day to make sure they are not experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.
You said you cannot see me as a patient because of my COVID-19 risk. Can you do that?
Yes, the safety of our patients and the dental team is our highest priority. As Dentists, we use our professional judgment and guidance from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and ADA to determine risk levels for seeing patients. If it was determined that you were high risk, or had a high temperature on the day of your appointment, we can have a conversation about which factors determined delay of service, so that you can self-monitor and reschedule.
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