Covid - 19 Update

News from Dr. Klitzke’s office      May 16th, 2020

 

I have been spending a lot of time studying the Corona 19 Virus , taking infection control classes, researching products and procedures that we can use in our office to make it safe for our patients and Staff. We all ready  follow OSHA and CDC protocols , but will have to more to prevent the spread of this virus.  When you return here are some of the changes we have made:

When you make your dental appointment, We will screen you over the phone to save you a trip to our office to see if you should be staying home or seeing a physician.   I recommend you pick up a thermometer at your local drug store to check your temperature before seeing your dentist or doctor  If you are not feeling well or have a temperature of 100 degrees or higher or not feeling well you should  call  your doctor for advice and not come in for a dental appointment.

1.       If you have a fever,  coughing, not feeling well or have been exposed to the Coronal virus,  call us before you come.   To prevent spreading the virus, we will not be seeing patients with Covid 19  symptoms, we will be asking all patients to complete a short health questionnaire to screen you for Covid 19 virus symptoms and checking your temperature when you arrive for your appointment.    It is everyone’s responsibility to seek out medical care if they have those symptoms instead of spreading the virus to others.  We will be checking employees for symptoms of COvid 19 and taking their temperature each day when they arrive for work.

2.       We ask that you wear a mask or facial covering to our office and maintain social distancing of 6 feet from                  other patients.   You can call us from the parking lot that you are here outside our office so we can limit the                 number of people in our reception room to two people. You can remove your mask in our dental operatories.

3.       In addition to the OSHA and CDC Standards we have already in place, we will be disinfecting toilets, door                   knobs, faucet and toilet handles, pens, clip boards, light switches and anything that patients have touched                 to with hospital grade grade disinfectant to protect you and our staff .

4.       You may have to be more patient as we clean and disinfect our rooms between patients.

5.       When we use our dental high-speed hand pieces and the dental hygiene Cavitron ,  which create aerosol, we              will be wearing masks and face shields.

6.       I have purchased filtration units and a portable UV light we can move from room to room that is capable of                killing bacteria and viruses.

7.       You will notice an acrylic shield in the dental reception room at the check in counter.

8.       Inform us of any changes in your phone number or insurance when you call to make appointments,

9.       We have hand sanitizer at the front desk for you to use for your hand when you arrive and we will have you                rinse with hydrogen peroxide before your treatment that is effective against viruses.

10.     We will be using hospital grad disinfectant on all door knobs toilets, faucets,  pens, clipboards, counter tops                and  other areas that patients touch.

11.      We have removed magazines from the waiting room as they are hard to disinfect.

12.      Anything that goes into your mouth will  be brand new, sterilized or disinfected for your protection.  

13.      We may  be using a rubber dental dam over your tooth when we do fillings.

14.      Even though all will increase treatment time and it will cost our office more,  I do not have any current plans             to increase fees.    Let us know if there is something else we can do to help you feel safe.

With the warmer weather, the number of Covid 19 cases will go down and we can return to what will become the new normal.   We will get through this pandemic.  We can live in fear or hope.   I choose to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  We will use proven science to work toward solving the Covid 19 issue.     Dentistry always has risen to the challenge of treating patients with HIV and other transmittable diseases and I have 30 years of experience of treating patients safely.

 

Al Klitzke DDS

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