You may have concerns for your safety and the safety of others when going to the dentist or going anywhere for that matter during this crazy COVID 19 Pandemic. Our office is taking several new precautions to keep you and our team safe during this time. Please see the video below to see firsthand some of the changes we are implementing.
Our office monitors the guidelines recommended by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the Occupational Safety and health Administration (OSHA), the American Dental Association (ADA), and Colorado Dental Association (CDA) for the best guidelines and recommendations during this time. Based on the Governor’s Safer at Home Executive Order we are now seeing all of our dental patients with enhanced precautions. While many things have changed, one thing at our office has remained the same: our constant commitment to your safety. We want you to be safe while you are in our office and we want to keep our team members and doctor safe as well! Everyone should know by now that you can be a carrier of the Covid virus even if you do not have any symptoms!
That being said, the CDC recommends that you ‘Watch for symptoms!’
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
This list is not all possible symptoms. Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
- Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds
- Clean and then disinfect frequently used surfaces
- Stay home if you’re sick
- Avoid touching your face
So what’s different?
- All team members including Dr. Gillis will have their temperature taken at the start of the day and midday.
- All patients will be screened and have their temperature taken before their dental appointment.
- You will be asked to wash your hands for 20 seconds and rinse with an antibacterial rinse.
- Only patients with dental appointments will be allowed into the office unless special conditions are met.
- You will see Dr. Gillis and all team members wearing special face masks and face shields during your treatment.
- We will be using specialized suction for your dental treatment that more effectively removes any aerosolized material.
- Dr Gillis will be using a high volume HEPA filter during your treatment if there is any aerosol produced
- Practice social distancing in our reception area and as much as possible elsewhere in the office.
- Appointments will be more spread out to help accomplish social distancing.
- We will do our best to reduce waiting times for you as well as to reduce the number of patients in the office at any one time.
We look forward to seeing you again! Please call our office if you have any questions or if you would like to schedule an appointment. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you and every patient safe in our practice. You can learn more about our office on our website at www.juliegillisdds.com.
Yours for better dental health and safety,
Julie M. Gillis, DDS
Caring For and Enhancing your Smile