COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and your Dental Care

Coronavirus

A Letter from Dr. Bryant

Colorado has confirmed cases of Covid-19 (infections of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus). We are vigilantly monitoring the best practices and advice from health organizations in order to protect our patients, staff, and community. The following are some basics sourced from The World Health Organization (WHO), the CDC, the ADA, as well as information coming from researchers.

What is it?

A new respiratory disease broke out in China at the end of 2019. Originally the ‘Novel’ Corona Virus, the WHO has named the disease COVID-19 (Corona Virus Disease- 2019). It’s a virus that is spread both person to person and object to person. We don’t yet know how it is passed, but do know it is very contagious. Currently there is no vaccine to prevent infection.
The Colorado Department of Public Health is offers free testing.
Most cases are mild and involve similar regimen as the flu: rest, lots of fluids and fever reducers.
But this virus is not the flu. For some people it is more severe, and even fatal.

The more common initial symptoms are fever and a dry cough. Please call your physician or the department of health before heading to their office. They will be able to give you more guidance from there. Colorado Health Department : 303-389-1687

What are we doing to protect you?

As healthcare providers, we observe OSHA’s strict infection control procedures. Items used in your dental care are sterilized or disposed. Rooms and all their surfaces are cleaned between every single patient. Clinical staff also wear additional protective equipment including gloves, masks, and eye wear. We ask anyone experiencing a fever to reschedule. We are allowing only scheduled patients (not guests) into office as a social distancing measure. Lastly, we administer a preprocedural mouth rinse.

What we all need to be doing

  • Basic precautions include washing your hands with warm water and soap, including around every finger and under the nails for at least 20 seconds. Moisturize with hand lotion after washing to help support the barrier function of healthy skin.
  • Wipe down all surfaces regularly with disinfectant wipes. Think of every object you touch: your phone, door knob, elevator button, keyboard, chair, counter top, credit card, etc. The virus can remain contagious on surfaces for 3 days.
  • Avoid touching your face, scratching your nose, rubbing your eyes, or licking your finger to turn a page. Do your best to keep your hands off your face.
  • Direct your coughs and sneezes into your elbow (NOT your hand).
  • Get your flu shot if you haven’t already.

Dental Reschedule Policy

  • If you’re sick, stay home.
  • Please reschedule if you’re caring for someone who is sick.

If you need to reschedule cause your child’s school is closed, please let us know.

As a social distancing measure, please come alone or ask anyone accompanying you not to come into the building. For younger healthy individuals, please maintain regular dental appointments.

We ask persons with respiratory conditions, older individuals, and other high-risk individuals to post-pone any non-urgent dental care.

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