COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire
Please read the following questions. If you answer "Yes" to any of the below questions, please contact our office as soon as possible.
- Do you have a fever or have you felt feverish in the last 14-21 days?
- Do you have any shortness of breath or difficulty breathing?
- Do you have a cough?
- Do you have any other flu-like symptoms, including upset stomach, headache, and fatigue?
- Have you experienced any recent change in taste or smell?
- Has anyone in your home tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
- Have you traveled out-of-state in the past 14 days?
COVID-19 Office Update
With the recent news and public impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19), our team wanted to share some of the protocols we have in place to protect your health and wellness at your dental visit.
As part of your health care team, we are monitoring changes and updated guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in our practice, interactions, and work environment to ensure patient and team safety. Since information is updated regularly, we recommend checking the latest recommendations each day.
Your number one line of safety is an educated and dedicated team. We have met with our entire staff to discuss protocols for keeping ourselves and patients safe, including symptoms to look for and what to do in the event of exposure.
That being said, we are happy to inform you that we are treating all patients in our office. In order to keep ourselves and our patients safe, we have implemented new office policies and procedures, many of which are listed below.
Sterilization and Pathogen Control
- Our dental practice always maintains the highest cleanliness standards and sterilization protocols using OSHA-approved disinfectants and/or the barrier method to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
- As always, we use medical-grade disinfectants and cleaners shown to eliminate bacteria and viruses.
- All instruments are sterilized using OSHA-approved methods between each patient. Instrument carriers are equipped with indicators that show they have reached the proper temperature during the process.
- Many of our instruments and supplies are designed for single use. Once used, they are immediately disposed of safely.
- Sterilization equipment is maintained and certified regularly.
- Common areas like reception desks, restrooms, and consultation areas are all regularly cleaned and sterilized to prevent disease spread outside of the treatment room.
- Upon making your appointment, we will be asking questions to screen for coronavirus and high-risk patients.
- We ask that you please call when you arrive and wait in your car until instructed to enter the office.
- In addition to our usual rigorous cleaning and sterilization standards, we are adding other protective measures, including sneeze-guards, limiting office traffic, increased Personal-Protective-Equipment (PPE), and fogging of the entire office multiple times a day with an anti-viral, non-toxic solution.
How We Can Reduce the Spread of Coronavirus Together
Practicing common sense caution can help slow the spread of coronavirus. Here are some vital actions you can take, recommended by the CDC.
- Wash your hands frequently using soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use hand sanitizer with a minimum of 60% alcohol if hand washing is unavailable.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose, face, or mouth unless you have clean hands.
- Maintain distance from others in public of at least six feet.
- Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough.
- Stay at home if you are sick.
- Throw used tissues away immediately.
- If you are sick and must go out, wear a facemask.
You can learn more about disinfecting guidelines by visiting the CDC website.
If you have any questions or concerns about coronavirus, the action we are taking, or if you should come in for your dental appointment, we welcome you to call our office.