After over 6 weeks of closure, we are cautiously optimistic that our doors are set to reopen very soon! Though it will be a far cry from our “normal” daily schedule, it’s a step in the right direction.
I’m going to admit- I’ve been restless lately. Being informed by our State Board of Health and State Board of Dentistry one week that we are set to reopen, only to have that snatched away days later has me confused, and honestly, angry. I have heard of dental professionals being denied PPE and other dental professionals refusing to return to work. When did dental treatment become nonessential? Have we forgotten the importance of detection, prevention, and treatment of oral disease? Are we letting fear blind us to the fact that so many oral conditions detrimentally affect overall health? I have worked tirelessly in my 7 year career to create a dental practice that provides a comprehensive approach to oral health care. I am trained to work on critically ill and immunocompromised patients and treat them with the highest level of care and infection control as possible. This pandemic may create some new obstacles, but the fact remains that the care we provide to our patients is essential and many conditions can become life threatening when left untreated.
As you prepare to return to our office for treatment or routine cleanings and exams, please be assured that we have your safety as our top priority. With that said, there are a few changes you can expect to see:
- All patients and staff will be screened and have their temperature taken prior to entering our office. Please call our office (601-992-1605) or text (601-202-9761) when you arrive, and you will be met by a staff member at your vehicle. In the event you have a cough or fever, we will ask that you visit your primary care physician and reschedule your appointment with us.
- We are requesting that only patients enter the building for appointments (unless the patient is a minor, or if the patient is sedated). We will not be using our waiting room during this time.
- We will maintain the 6-foot social distancing guideline within the clinic. Each room will be thoroughly disinfected between patients, as well as all high traffic areas (bathrooms, waiting room, and front desk areas).
- We will only allow one person at the checkout counter at a time and will encourage patients to call in payments when possible.
- Our staff will be wearing additional protective equipment for their protection and yours.
Please help support us as we prepare to return to work in these unprecedented conditions. Remember, we are a small business that has been greatly impacted by the extended closure, and your support means more now than ever. What does that mean? Schedule the treatment you’ve been putting off; spread the word that we are accepting new patients; share our social media posts; and be patient as we navigate our way through this new “normal.” You all have been such a blessing to me, and I truly cannot wait to see you again soon!