Greetings Patients and Parents:
I have missed the opportunity to see and interact with you during the last few weeks and am looking forward to being able to be a part of your life once again. The American Dental Association (ADA) issued a recommendation that non-urgent dental procedures be postponed through April 30, 2020. This week the Sacramento County Health Officer, Dr. Olivia Kasirye, modified the current stay-at-home order effective May 1, 2020. The modification of this order includes the ability to visit “a health care professional for medical or dental care for chronic conditions or preventative services”.
As you all know well, preventive dental care has always been of utmost importance in my practice. Generally, with the first sign of decay development a watch is placed on a particular tooth. Prescription strength toothpaste is then recommended along with diet modification and an increased oral health care regimen. Much of the time, with good patient compliance, this is effective and as a result my practice has a fairly low carries rate. When problems are found, they are found early and usually treated before they become major issues. However, this all starts with the check up visit. Since this is such an important part of oral health care, we will be opening the practice on Monday, May 11, 2020.
Of course, things will not be the same as we are all used to. In an attempt to provide safe care for all involved, social distancing will be in place as much as possible. This means that only approximately 50% of the treatment area will be utilized at any given time with patients spread out in every other dental chair. One parent in the treatment area with the kids, please. This will provide more than ample distance from other patients. For a long time, siblings and friends of patients being seen have been welcome in the back to visit even when they do not have an appointment themselves. I ask this now be kept to a minimum whenever possible to keep the office less congested. The end of visit prizes will now be given by the assistant at the chair to avoid congregation at the toy box. Please keep the play room available for younger kids and, sorry, the video games will be removed but still available at some dental chairs. It goes almost without saying that if you are experiencing signs of illness such as cough, increased body temperature and general malaise please re-schedule. Please wear a facial covering or mask if possible while visiting. There will be other changes in addition to these mentioned in order to provide to make the office as safe as possible during this time.
You are all very, very appreciated and I am looking forward to seeing you once again.