On Friday, May 8th, the PA Department of Health revised it’s position on patient care in dental offices across the State. We will now be able to see a limited number of patients for more than just emergency care. If you currently have an appointment with us, we will be in contact with you to give you guidance. We will still see emergencies such as pain, swelling, uncontrolled bleeding and problems with your crowns or temporary crowns and bridges. If you would prefer to stay safely at home, we are available for teledentistry via the secure Medpod website. What constitutes an emergency is spelled out very well on the American Dental Association’s website: https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en
This pandemic has and will change how dental visits will be handled as we start to emerge into Phase II (yellow) across our State. You will be asked questions about your current health and presence of any symptoms prior to coming into the office for your future appointments. You will be asked the same questions upon arrival and have your temperature taken. You can also trust that our team members will be healthy and symptom-free as well. We will space appointments to minimize patient interaction in our reception area or common areas of the office. If you prefer, you can call or text us when you arrive and we will let you know when you can come up to see your hygienist or Dr. Ryan or myself. We have installed Air Purification units throughout the office to remove aerosols and clean the air. You will notice that our Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that we wear will also change as a result of this viral outbreak. The truth of the matter is, we have always (and will always) treat everyone with “Universal Precautions”. This means that even if someone fails to divulge a specific disease on their medical history; we still use masks, gloves, barrier protection, instrument sterilization and disinfectant wipes before and after every patient.
It is important to note that patients should always refrain from being in public, which includes seeing the dentist or going to work, if they have a fever or are coughing and ill even before this pandemic. Even with all of our precautions, will certainly understand if you want to reschedule your appointment given the climate of concern that will be with us for the foreseeable future. However, if you feel well, there is no need to cancel your future appointment and we will continue to provide you with outstanding dentistry in a safe and caring environment. Please feel free to call Dr. Ryan and I if you have any other questions! -Dr. Dave