We Are Open!
Our office has re-opened and is seeing patients on our regular schedule. We are scheduling most procedures, however, at this time, we are unable to schedule any procedures that generate aerosols until we receive a new extra-oral chairside suction. We realize this may be an inconvenience for a small number of patients but the health and safety of all our patients and staff is our primary concern.
Our Office’s Safety Precautions
To help prevent the transmission of all respiratory infections, including COVID-19, we adhere to standardized infection control measures, such as performing hand hygiene, providing tissues and no-touch receptacles to throw away used tissues, and offering face masks to patients. We follow routine cleaning and disinfection strategies, using cleaners and water to pre-clean surfaces prior to applying an EPA-registered, hospital-grade disinfectant, as well as appropriate sterilization of all tools and equipment. We also use new face masks and gloves for each patient per guidelines set by the FDA and CDC.
While our office already adheres to these standard precautions, there are several common sense recommendations we have implemented to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- Screening patients for signs or symptoms of infection before every appointment and rescheduling patients who exhibit symptoms.
- Limiting the number of patients in the office and staggering appointment times to minimize the amount of patients coming and going at the same time.
- Requiring anyone who comes into the office to wear a mask and have their temperature taken.
- Making sure our masks, gloves, gowns, and eye protection are appropriate for the procedures performed.
- Cleaning and disinfecting public areas frequently, including door handles, chairs, and bathrooms and propping doors open when possible.
- Closing our brushing station and using it as a handwashing station.
- Closing our reception area and asking patients to wait in their car until they are called up for their appointment.
If you have an appointment scheduled within the next few weeks, please contact our office if you experience any of the following:
- Shortness of breath
- Travel within the past 14 days to affected geographical regions
We will discuss your health status, the dental treatment you require, and whether or not visiting our office will be safe for you, our other patients, and our staff.
When you visit our office, please wait in your car and text 425-939-8428 that you have arrived and we will text you when we are ready for you to come up. Please complete the wellness screening form sent to your email prior to the appointment and please bring a mask if you can, otherwise one will be provided for you.
How can you prevent contracting or spreading COVID-19?
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds. If you don’t have access to soap and water, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Maintain at least six feet of distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Do not use your hands.
- Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Calling in advance will allow your healthcare provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility.
If you would like more information about our office’s dedication to your health and safety, please give us a call. For more information about what you can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19, please visit the World Health Organization website.