We are closely following the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) guidelines and recommendations on the steps we can take to help prevent the spread of the virus. We have one simple objective- keeping our patients, accompanying family members and our employees safe. We have reviewed specific instructions with our employees on the universal precautions that are standard procedure in the dental field and health care industry which includes the importance of employees frequently washing their hands, wearing protective masks and staying home if they feel sick or are returning from an area of the world identified as posing a coronavirus-related risk. Per CDC recommendations, we will ask employees who have traveled to such locations or have been exposed to others who have traveled to such locations to self-quarantine for 14 days. We have also increased our cleaning protocol at our offices and are adding additional hand sanitizers throughout the office for patients and family members to use. Sanitizing wipes are near patient areas, counters and workstations so that employees can keep them continuously cleaned.
Any patients or accompanying family members who are experiencing acute respiratory illness, including symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath, need to reschedule their appointments. Also if the patient or any accompanying family members have traveled to any high risk areas (China, Japan, Korea, Italy, Middle East or other high risk areas) in the last two weeks we respectfully ask that you reschedule your appointment to a later date when you have been symptom free for at least two weeks.
The risk of coronavirus is still low in the United States but we are committed to making sure those risk remain low at our dental offices.