Dear Patient at KIDS PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY:
We appreciate the trust you have in our KIDS PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY, PA practice. We take the health of our patients and their families very seriously. Please know that we are following the evolution of the COVID-19 outbreak, and taking guidance from the CDC, AAP, AAPD and local government entities regarding best practices to manage patient care in this rapidly changing situation. For the time being we intend to remain open to provide our dentistry services unless there is a shift in guidance.
As a profession, dentistry has continuously confronted the evolving realities of infectious diseases head on, and has developed guidelines to keep the PUBLIC, our PROVIDERS and STAFF safe. All dental patients will continue to be treated with the extreme precautions that are already ‘common’ in our health-conscious environment to minimize spread of diseases. The good news is that our high precautionary norms continue to be reinforced and tightened to mitigate the risk of contamination with COVID-19 in a dental setting.
As we work together to address this pandemic, please be aware that the novel coronavirus has called for each of us also taking personal ownership in helping control its spread. This means being more aware of health risks such as your health and that of your entire family – not just the patient who has an appointment. If you and/or anyone in your immediate family is or has recently been ill (or is showing flu-like symptoms), has traveled to any of the affected countries, or has spent time with anyone who has, is considered at-risk and must re-schedule your dental appointment. We appreciate your consideration for the needs of others also – especially for those in our community who are at greater risk, such as the elderly and those with weakened immune systems. It should also be noted that this is no different than our expectations throughout the year, but given the gravity of our current challenge, we will be strictly enforcing these guidelines.
Upon checking in to your appointment, we will be asking the following 3 questions: 1) if you or your child have traveled to a high-risk area in the past two weeks, 2) if your child feels sick or has an elevated temperature (we will be verifying this in our clinic), and 3) if you have come in contact with someone who is suspected of having COVID-19. If any of the answers to these questions are positive (‘yes)’, we will ask that you see your physician immediately and reschedule your dental appointment for few weeks later.
Please help us by taking these recommended steps to minimize the spread of this infection – and always seek and receive the appropriate medical care if you sense you require it. Your personal physician and local health authorities remain reliable sources of information should you have questions about or require care for suspected infection.
Thank you for your understanding, contact us if you have any questions or concerns, and let’s continue working together to tackle and succeed against this temporary challenge.
WHAT IS THE CORONA VIRUS?
The 20 b 19 Coronavirus comes from a large family of viruses that are a common cause of mild upper respiratory infections. The CDC advises that most people (80%) recover from the disease without needing any special treatment; however this new virus has resulted in cases of severe illnesses and deaths. To learn more about COVID-19, the CDC web site is a reliable source of updated information. Visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
STEPS TO PREVENT ILLNESS:
Wash your hands often with soap and water a least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be in your hands.
Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and anyone that is sneezing or coughing. Why? When some one sneezes or coughs, they spray small liquids of droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. That means covering your mouth and nose with tissue when you cough or sneeze. Why? Droplets spreads virus. By following good respiratory hygiene, you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19:
While symptoms for each patient varies, most patients report symptoms of FEVER, DRY MOUTH, SORE THROAT, AND/OR SHORTNESS OF BREATH. If you are sick or suspect that you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, please contact our office for health care recommendations and reschedule your appointment. This will help ensure you receive the best possible care and help minimize the spread of infection.
Older adults and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems, cancer or diabetes are more likely to develop serious illness.
At this time, the CDC believes that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in 2-14 days after exposure.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU DEVELOP SYMPTOMS OR FEEL YOU HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO COVID-19:
If you are sick or suspect that you are infected with the COVID-19 virus, please contact your family physician via phone for care recommendations and cancel your appointment at our dental office. This will help ensure you receive the best possible care and help minimize the spread of infection.
If you have traveled to a restricted area or have been in close contact with someone who has recently traveled to such areas, or has been diagnosed with COVID-19, please notify your physician before coming to our office.
Stay home: People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate themselves at home during the illness. You should restrict activities outside your home as much as possible.
Avoid public areas. Do not go to school, work, or public places.
Stay away from others as much as possible: you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home.
Limit contact with pets and animals: you should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people and until more information is known about the virus.
Clean and disinfect items and surfaces that are touched frequently