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CURRENT RECOMMENDATIONS ON DENTAL TREATMENTS
The safety and health of our patients and team members remain our number one priority as the world continues to combat the Coronavirus pandemic. As dental professionals, we share the responsibility along with all healthcare workers to ensure a safe environment for all.
We ask our patients to reschedule their appointments if they exhibit any of the symptoms described by CDC. There will be no charges for appointment cancellations or rescheduling.
At this time, our office is accepting calls for managing emergencies. These emergencies include:
Oral and Facial Infection: Signs and symptoms include pain, swelling, pus, inability to open mouth, fever, sore throat, and in severe cases swelling extending to neck or throat causing breathing issues
Severe Dental Pain: Dental pain is most commonly due to inflamed dental pulp (tooth nerve) or infection. The treatment options are endodontic (root canal therapy) if tooth is restorable or extraction. Mild pain may be managed with NSAID (Ibuprofen / Tylenol) until you are evaluated to assess the condition.
Uncontrolled Bleeding: Uncontrolled bleeding due to trauma or bleeding disorders.
Oral and Facial Trauma: Cuts (lacerations), loose or knocked out teeth due to trauma, oral bleeding, jaw fractures.
All elective procedures will be postponed until further notice and updates from CDC. As of April 6, 2020, such recommendations have been extended to April 30th.
INFECTION CONTROL PROTOCOL FOR PATIENT & STAFF SAFETY
In-addition to our strict infection control practices, we are taking additional steps to disinfect door handles, reception desk and chairs, computers and keyboards, and any other surface that could potentially become contaminated.
Our strict Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) Protocol:
- Triple mask protection for doctor and all staff members
- Full gowns
- Protective eye shields
- Routine gloves for all proceduresWe have taken several other measures to assure safety of our patients and staff:
- Additional questionnaire on COVID-19 symptoms or possible contact with anyone with positive test or pending results.
- All patients are asked to wash their hands immediately upon arrival and taken directly to the treatment room.
- We are not allowing additional guests in our office to avoid additional contact in other physical spaces such as reception area, consultation rooms, and discharge areas.
- Social distancing between staff members and patients.
- Appointments with adequate scheduling time to prevent multiple patients from being present at the same time.
- All surfaces are disinfected multiple times and more extensive.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Should I contact an oral surgeon if I have minor dental pain?
Yes- Minor dental pain may be an indication of a starting infection or inflammation and should be evaluated before it becomes more serious.
What can I do for pain until I can see my oral surgeon?
If you notice swelling, it is most likely an infection. In this case contact your oral surgeon and initiate antibiotics therapy and arrange an appointment for emergency evaluation.
What procedures should be postponed?
All elective procedures should be postponed. These include cosmetic treatments, dental implants, bone grafting procedures, elective restorative treatments and elective gum tissue surgery. Some treatments may fall under urgent categories. Speak to your oral surgeon for direction.
What should I do if I have swelling around teeth or jaw bone?
Call your oral surgeon immediately for evaluation.
What should I do if I have a dental infection and either diagnosed with COVID-19, have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, or pending results of my test?
Report to hospital emergency room for care.