Important Information Regarding COVID-19
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.
On March 16th, both the American Dental Association and the California Dental Association have released the following recommendation:
|March 16, 2020
ADA Calls Upon Dentists to Postpone Elective Procedures
Dear Fellow Dentists:
The American Dental Association (ADA) recognizes the unprecedented and extraordinary circumstances dentists and all health care professionals face related to growing concern about COVID-19. The ADA is deeply concerned for the health and well-being of the public and the dental team.
In order for dentistry to do its part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the ADA recommends dentists nationwide postpone elective procedures for the next three weeks. Concentrating on emergency dental care will allow us to care for our emergency patients and alleviate the burden that dental emergencies would place on hospital emergency departments.
As health care professionals, it is up to dentists to make well-informed decisions about their patients and practices. The ADA is committed to providing the latest information to the profession in a useful and timely manner.
The ADA is continually evaluating and will update its recommendation on an ongoing basis as new information becomes available. Please visit ADA.org/virus for the latest information.
As responsible members of our community we will be adhering to the new guidelines and closing our office to all non-urgent matters.
The ADA has defined emergency treatment as treatment that is required to resolve excessive bleeding, swelling, abscesses, trauma or significant pain. Matters that can be handled via phone consultation, OTC solutions, or antibiotics, should be handled remotely.
We remain available to you at all times by phone, email, and text messaging. During regular business hours, you can reach our office manager, Barbara, who will be working from home with access to your information. After hours, please follow the prompts on our automated answering machine to reach us with any emergency.
While the ADA’s current recommendation says 3 weeks, please understand this is an ever-changing situation, and this may increase depending on the situation in our state.
We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause, especially to some of our patients who may be in the middle of treatment, we certainly understand how difficult this situation is for all of you. However, your safety and the safety of our team is paramount and we look forward to resuming regular care as soon as it becomes safe to do so.
We want you to know that we are monitoring this situation very closely, and we will keep you updated regularly.
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 we will be more than happy to assist you.
For further information, including measures to keep yourself healthy, visit the following links: