Important Information Regarding COVID-19
Currently we are in full operation, delivering all dental procedures including routine preventative cleanings. All covid protocols are strictly followed, with extra time scheduled for full operatory disinfection and fogging between patients. This keeps us on schedule, as your time is a top priority for us.
- URGENT CARE: The doctor on call can be reached at (857) 318-9244. We are here for you, to help you, whether you are new to our office or a regular patient.
- Also please feel free to call (617)924-7301 to contact our front desk.
COVID ADJUSTED PATIENT SCREENING AND ENTRY PROTOCOL:
Adults of any age with the following conditions are at high risk of severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19 AND SHOULD STRONGLY CONSIDER DELAYING ALL TREATMENT UNTIL JUNE 1, 2020. AN M.D. OR D.M.D. MUST REVIEW HISTORY AND CLEAR DENTAL TREATMENT:
- Chronic kidney disease
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
- Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
- Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2)
- Severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2)
- Sickle cell disease
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus
Based on what we know at this time, adults of any age with the following conditions might be at an increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19 AND SHOULD CONSIDER DELAYING ALL NON-EMERGENCY TREATMENT UNTIL JUNE 1, 2020. AN M.D. OR D.M.D. MUST REVIEW HISTORY AND CLEAR DENTAL TREATMENT:
- Asthma (moderate-to-severe)
- Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
- Cystic fibrosis
- Hypertension or high blood pressure
- Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines
- Neurologic conditions, such as dementia
- Liver disease
- Overweight (BMI > 25 kg/m2, but < 30 kg/m2) (Continued on next page)
- Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues)
- Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder)
- Type 1 diabetes mellitus
Please delay your appointment if, within the last 14 days, you have visited any quarantine-required area, or traveled from overseas. Also, within the last 14 days, if you have had any cough/cold/fever symptoms, or exposure to someone with these symptoms, please delay your appointment.
Upon entering, a forehead thermometer will read a patient’s temperature. If immediate seating is not possible, the patient will wait in their car. Treatment takes place in a central circulation filter controlled operatory which is fogged between patients. We add 15 minutes to each and every appointment for proper between-patient sterilization.
In recognition of ongoing news reports and the continued spread of the COVID-19 virus, we realize our patients have questions. As dedicated health care professionals, we want you to know that we remain as diligent as ever in protecting the health and safety of our patients and staff. Our practice strictly adheres to and exceeds the standards for infection control by wearing personal protective gear, using hospital-grade disinfectants, practicing the latest sterilization protocols, utilizing single-use disposable materials, and more. Every effort we have in place is to ensure the safety of our patients and staff. We want you to know that we are monitoring this situation very closely, and we will keep you updated regularly.
Symptoms of coronavirus are reported as flu-like, with varying degrees of severity. While we do not know everything about this virus to date, individuals who are elderly and/or immunocompromised appear to be the most at risk of a severe infection. To ensure your health and safety, and the health and safety of everyone at our practice, please reschedule your appointment if you or a member of your household has a cough, fever, and/or flu-like symptoms. In addition, please reschedule your appointment if you have traveled to any areas within the past 14 days that are at high risk for contracting the coronavirus.
We thank you in advance and extend our gratitude for your understanding and cooperation. Together, we can help keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office at (617) 924-7301.
For further information, including measures to keep yourself healthy, visit the following links:
- Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html
- Symptoms: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html
- Steps When Sick: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html