Our office is now open on a limited basis. We are continuing to see patients with emergencies as well as urgent procedures. Our hygiene schedule is not yet open. We plan to resume hygiene procedures in the next few weeks.
We are currently reaching out to all patients scheduled in the month of June, notifying them that we will need to reschedule appointments to a later date. We are asking for your patience during this time. Our schedule will need to look a lot different in the upcoming weeks with less patients being seen in the office at one time, as well as time between appointments.
Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.
You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We have exceeded the recommended standards to help protect our patients and staff:
- We have installed air purifiers throughout the office with HEPA filters to reduce airborne pathogens.
- Our office will communicate with you before your appointment to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office. Staff will also be screened daily.
- Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. We ask that patients with scheduled appointments remain in their cars until they are called to come in. We will then greet you, take your temperature, and escort you directly to your dental chair. This might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
- There is a hand sanitizer station located on the lower level of our office building that is available for use. Upon entering the office, please use the hand sanitizer we have provided as well. All patients should wear their masks until seated in their dental chair.
- We ask that all patients come alone to their dental appointments unless they require another person’s assistance. You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
- We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.
- All staff will be wearing masks. Clinical staff (Doctor, Hygienists, Assistants) will be wearing scrubs, an N95 respirator, surgical face mask, face shields, and disposable gowns that will be changed between patients.
We will be in touch with all patients who have missed their previously scheduled appointments due to the pandemic within the next 3 weeks. If you have a scheduled appointment prior to July 1, 2020, please wait for us to contact you to reschedule. We will not be able to accommodate our existing schedule at this time. Please text or call our office with any questions 410-730-6121 or email [email protected].
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.
Karlene M. Wright, D.D.S. and Team