Important Information Regarding COVID-19
OUR ENDODONTIC PRACTICE WILL BE CLOSED FOR APPROXIMATELY 3 WEEKS TO COMPLY WITH ADA RECOMMENDATIONS.
IF YOU ARE HAVING A TRUE DENTAL EMERGENCY WE RECOMMEND CALLING YOUR DENTIST OR PRIMARY CARE DOCTOR TO HAVE PHARMACOLOGICAL TREATMENT UNTIL THERE IS MORE CLARITY ON THIS UNPRECEDENTED EPIDEMIC.
THE AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION HAS ISSUED A RECOMMENDATION TO AVOID ALL NONESSENTIAL AND NONEMERGENCY DENTAL VISITS FOR AT LEAST THREE WEEKS. ADDITIONALLY, THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF ENDODONTISTS RECOMMENDS:
- We agree with the CDC as well as professional organizations such as the ADA in recommending postponement of non-urgent oral health care for up to three weeks.
- Examples of urgent conditions requiring oral health care may include severe dental pain, abscess with lymphadenopathy, or a dental infection-related fever.
- Some urgent conditions may be treated with appropriate analgesics or antibiotics. A recent report from the British Medical Journalrecommends acetaminophen over ibuprofen. While providing pharmacological treatment, practitioners can continue to monitor patient responses by telephone contact.
- If pharmacotherapy is insufficient, a recent review co-authored by Dr. Ken M. Hargreaves summarizes considerations for appropriate dental care. The article covers symptoms of coronavirus, routes of transmission, and patient management and prevention of nosocomial infection. Access the article at aae.org/covid.
- As of now, the impact of the epidemic varies across the country. Accordingly, the recommendations of your local and state dental societies should be reviewed.
- CDC: Oral Health
- ADA Coronavirus Resource Center for Dentists
- ISDS Issues Recommendations for Dental Offices Regarding COVID-19
- New York State Dental Association: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- California Dental Association: Urgent COVID-19 Updates
In recognition of ongoing news reports and the continued spread of the COVID-19 virus, we realize our patients have questions. As dedicated health care professionals, we want you to know that we remain as diligent as ever in protecting the health and safety of our patients and staff. Our practice strictly adheres to and exceeds the standards for infection control by wearing personal protective gear, using hospital-grade disinfectants, practicing the latest sterilization protocols, utilizing single-use disposable materials, and more. Every effort we have in place is to ensure the safety of our patients and staff. We want you to know that we are monitoring this situation very closely, and we will keep you updated regularly.
Symptoms of coronavirus are reported as flu-like, with varying degrees of severity. While we do not know everything about this virus to date, individuals who are elderly and/or immunocompromised appear to be the most at risk of a severe infection. To ensure your health and safety, and the health and safety of everyone at our practice, please reschedule your appointment if you or a member of your household has a cough, fever, and/or flu-like symptoms. In addition, please reschedule your appointment if you have traveled to any areas within the past 14 days that are at high risk for contracting the coronavirus.
We 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. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office, and one of our staff members will be more than happy to assist you.
For further information, including measures to keep yourself healthy, visit the following links:
- Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html
- Symptoms: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html
- Steps When Sick: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html