Provision of Routine Oral and Dental Care Start Date: May 11,2020
Beginning May 11, 2020, Illinois Department of Public Health’s (IDPH) guidance to limit oral and dental care to emergency and urgent oral and dental care needs is revised. IDPH recommends that oral health providers resume provision of routine oral and dental care consistent with this guidance for minimizing risk of transmission of COVID-19 in an oral healthcare setting.
Current Status IDPH has carefully monitored the daily number of newly reported COVID-19 cases. If the trend continues as anticipated, certain models indicate there will likely be a decrease in the burden of COVID-19 illness in Illinois towards the end of May 2020. With that in mind, there is a need for a plan to resume safe and routine oral and dental treatment. As continued delay in the delivery of time-sensitive, disease treating, oral and dental care may result in the over-reliance on antibiotics and analgesics to manage oral health pathologies, patient complications, poorer prognoses, as well as the need for more complex and costly corrective oral and dental care.
Office Protocol At Endodontic Specialists, we have always followed standard universal precautions issued by the CDC and ADA to help protect every one of our patients and team members from the many infectious diseases that we are potentially exposed to on a daily basis. For your peace of mind, these are the same precautions we take EVERY time you sit in one of our patient chairs. We have added glass partitions at the front desk, air purifiers in the treatment rooms, accordion doors to close off treatment rooms, use of fogging to sanitize the office in addition to the hard surface disinfection.
In addition to the standard infection control measures, we will be exercising a higher standard of infection-control in our waiting areas. We would ask patients to to enter the office alone as the waiting area has been reconfigured to make disinfection of that space manageable between patients. We have removed all magazines and other items that are difficult to disinfect.
While we are doing everything in our power to protect you, we also ask for your cooperation in making our office environment a safe one when you visit us. If you have a cough, fever, or chills, please call our office to discuss whether or not you should reschedule. We will be checking temperatures on all patients as they enter, and anyone with a reading over 99.9 degrees may be asked to reschedule and get a COVID-19 test as a precaution. Also, to practice social distancing and minimize the number of people in our waiting room, please come alone when at all possible. Once you arrive in our parking lot, call the office to announce your arrival. We will let you know when to enter the office. If you travel to our office with others, please have them wait in the car. Our goal is to limit contact between individuals in the office.
We care about each of you and hope that you and your family will remain in good health during this difficult time.
Seth Thomas Barnett, DMD, MS
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.
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