Dear Patients, Parents, and Caregivers,
The health and well-being of our patients is our top priority, now and always. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, we are closely following and adhering to precautions advised by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Massachusetts and Connecticut Departments of Public Health, the American Dental Association, and the Massachusetts and Connecticut Dental Societies.
We want to assure you that we are taking continuous steps to ensure that our offices remain a safe place for every patient. It’s important for you to know that dentists are leaders in infection control. The precautions we take every day will also help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
We follow Universal Precautions developed by the CDC to protect both health care personnel and patients. We sterilize all instruments after each use and clean each dental operatory after each patient visit, using surface disinfectants that kill all known infectious diseases, including coronavirus. Dedicated hand washing and one-time use disposable materials also help maintain a safe environment for our patients. Our staff are regularly trained in these procedures. Additionally, at this time, we are increasing the frequency of disinfection in the main waiting areas as well as removing magazines and other high-touch items.
Our office remains open to care for our patients following the above guidelines. As always, if you have a fever, are coughing, or are exhibiting symptoms of respiratory illness, you may be a risk to other patients or staff members. Even if you believe you have allergies, if you or your child are actively coughing in the office, we will ask you to leave and reschedule your appointment. If you are experiencing a fever (greater than 100.4), cough, or shortness of breath, please remain at home and contact your primary care physician immediately.
***We ask that only one person-any parent or caregiver-accompany the patient into the office in order to properly reduce congestion.
If you would like to reschedule an upcoming appointment or talk through any concerns, please feel free to contact our office. Updates will be on our Web Blog, Facebook and by email.
For the most up-to-date information and guidance, please visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.
Thank you or your help.
Dr. David Cordes and Staff