A message to our dear patients from your dental team:
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, we are closely following and adhering to precautions advised by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Florida Dental Association and the Florida Department of Public Health.
If you are healthy, there is no need to cancel your regularly scheduled dental appointment. We do ask you to arrive on time, rather than early, for your appointments to minimize the amount of time patients spend in the waiting area.
We want to assure you that we are taking continuous as well as measured steps to ensure that our office remains a safe place for every patient. It’s important for you to know that due to the nature of our field, dentists have been and are experts in infection control. The precautions we take every day will also help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
We follow 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.
Our dedicated hand washing and one-time use of disposable materials also help maintain a safe environment for our patients. My staff members are regularly trained in these procedures.
Magazines in our waiting areas are also a risk from frequent contact, so they have been removed. We are also regularly wiping down door handles, pens, credit card machine, and other surfaces with disinfecting wipes on a regular basis, and have all patients now rinse with 1% Hydrogen Peroxide solution at the beginning of your appointment as precaution.
Seeing your dentist is a vital investment for your general health. Our office remains open to care for our patients following the above guidelines.
If you have a fever, are exhibiting symptoms of respiratory illness, or have had recent contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you may be a risk to other patients or staff members. If you are experiencing fever (greater than 100.4), flu like symptoms, cough, or shortness of breath, please remain at home and contact your primary care physician immediately for self-isolation guidelines.
If you would like to reschedule an upcoming appointment or talk through any concerns, please feel free to contact our office at 954-345-5200. We will be happy to reschedule your appointment to a later date.
Remember, the best way to protect yourself and your community is with everyday preventative actions, like washing hands often (for at least 20 seconds) and disinfecting surfaces regularly. These actions will help minimize and slow the spread of the coronavirus.
For the most up-to-date, fact based, scientific, evidence based information and guidance, please visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.
To your continued health!
Dr. Tad and Team.