Important Update and Recommendations for COVID-19 and Your Dental Visit
As we prepare to open for elective procedures on May 18, 2020, we want to inform you about what to expect at your next appointment. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.
Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.
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 do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.
You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:
- Our office may communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office and your temperature will be recorded.
- 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 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.
- Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
- 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.
- Remember to please wear a face covering when you come for your appointment and to come alone to keep the number of people in the waiting room to a minimum.
- We also request that all new patients complete their new patient paperwork online on our website to reduce time in the office.
We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 603-332-7300 or request an appointment through our website. Should you have a positive response to any of the following questions, please inform us:
- Do you have a fever greater than 100.4?
- Do you have any cough or flu-like symptoms?
- Have you traveled outside of the state within the past 14 days?
- Have you been in contact with anyone exposed to COVID-19?
- Do you have shortness of breath or difficulty breathing?
Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends beginning May 18, 2020.
The Team at Alliance for Dental Care