Important Information Regarding COVID-19
We hope this message finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last year, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. 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.
All equipment is cleaned and sterilized by hospital standards as recommended by the CDC, Joint Commission, and AAMI (Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation). The AAMI specifically has published resources designed for healthcare delivery organizations to reduce the risk of transmitting healthcare-associated infections. All of the ADA recommendations for safely returning to patient care are being followed.
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:
- Until new guidance is put out by the ADA or CDC, dental offices are still required to wear masks. You will notice our staff is masked throughout your visit and we politely ask when you arrive and when you wait in the waiting area that you don a mask.
- 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.
- Our pens are now single use and individually wrapped, so after filling out our forms, please take it home with you or throw it out.
- You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines and books 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.
- Also, to ensure your health and safety, and the health and safety of everyone at our practice, please do not leave your home if you or a member of your household has a cough, fever, and/or flu-like symptoms.
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. Thank you in advance and extend our gratitude for your understanding and cooperation. Together, we can help keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible.
Drs. Kyle Saisselin and David Dow