Coronavirus Update: We Are Now Open for All Dental Appointments - Please Read Below
--- Previous Message that was updated in April 2020
April 10, 2020 Continued Update (No changes since March 20, 2020/Previously updated March 9, 2020)
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.
Until May 9, 2020, we will only be treating patient emergencies or urgent dental visits. To find out more, if you are having an urgent issue or a dental emergency, call Dr. Tad to discuss it and we will make a decision together as to whether it requires a dental visit or can be handled remotely. All non-essential dental visits will be postponed until after May 9th, 2020. That includes non-emergency or non-urgent visits such as dental cleanings or periodic ortho/Invisalign visits.
If you are experiencing a true dental emergency or have an urgent dental issue, and do not have any symptoms of COVID-19 nor have traveled outside of Florida in the past 14 days, please listen to Dr. Tad's cell phone at our office's answering machine, and please call Dr. Tad directly on his cell phone. Our office phone number is 954-345-5200.
Through issuance of Executive Order 20-72, Gov. Ron DeSantis has mandated the prohibition of any medically unnecessary, non-urgent or non-emergency procedure or surgery in the state of Florida. Dentists would still be required to see emergency patients. All non-essential elective medical and surgical procedures, including dental procedures, are included in order to conserve medical supplies and resources, preserve essential resources and control the potential spread of COVID-19.
The governor’s previous executive order, E.O. 20-52, is referenced in the last sentence of the order suspending elective procedures. It is the official declaration of a public health emergency, which was filed on March 9 and expires 60 days from then: May 8.
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.