Our Office’s Safety Precautions
We are excited to finally re-open our office and welcome you back. We’ve missed you and can’t wait to see you! I just wanted to let you know that we will be following some new safety protocols as recommended by the CDC, ADA and AAO to keep you and us safer. Dr. Beitchman and staff will be wearing PPE (personal protective equipment) such as gowns, masks and face shields. This is not meant to scare you but to protect you. We still can see you smile and hope you can see ours too. However, I also want to put your mind at ease and let you know that we have always used infection control measures throughout our office and are continuing to do so.
You will be hearing from the office soon to set up an appointment for you. This appointment will not be what you are used too. We are calling this appointment a Triage appointment, because we haven’t seen you in a while. Dr. Beitchman and staff will be checking every patient to assess your Ortho needs. We will not be fixing or replacing broken brackets, or doing bonding or de-bands at this time. Thank you for your understanding with this policy so we can see everyone over the next few weeks and get back on track. We will then be able to schedule you appropriately for your next appt. to fix or proceed with regular treatment.
To help prevent the transmission of all respiratory infections, including COVID-19, we adhere to standardized infection control measures, such as performing hand hygiene, providing tissues and no-touch receptacles to throw away used tissues, and offering facemasks to patients who are coughing. We follow routine cleaning and disinfection strategies, using cleaners and water to pre-clean surfaces prior to applying an EPA-registered, hospital-grade disinfectant, as well as appropriate sterilization of all tools and equipment. We also use new facemasks and gloves for each patient per guidelines set by the FDA and CDC.
While our office already adheres to these standard precautions, there are several common sense recommendations we are implementing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- Screening patients for signs or symptoms of infection when we update their medical histories.
- Making sure our masks, gloves, and eye protection are appropriate for the procedures performed.
- Cleaning and disinfecting public areas frequently, including door handles, chairs, and bathrooms.
If you have an appointment scheduled within the next few weeks, please contact our office if you experience any of the following:
- Shortness of breath
- Travel within the past 14 days to affected geographical regions
We will discuss your health status, the dental treatment you require, and whether or not visiting our office will be safe for you, our other patients, and our staff.
When you visit our office, we ask that you arrive on time for your appointment, rather than too early. This will minimize the amount of time you spend in our waiting room or reception area. If you have respiratory symptoms, we will ask that you wear a facemask.
Thanks, and Smiles
Dr. Kevin Beitchman