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For a few months, all dental offices were asked only to see emergencies and cancel what was considered non-essential dentistry. That meant that many orthodontic offices were closed. But we’re open again and, with new safety procedure guidelines from the CDC and ADA on top of our already stringent sterilization procedures, it’s the best time to return to our office and get on the schedule. In fact, as of the writing of this post, not one case of COVID-19 has been traced to a dental office.
If you have been considering orthodontic treatment, it’s also the perfect time to use any remaining dental insurance before it expires at the end of the year. By scheduling now, you can start orthodontic treatment and still have time to use your 2020 benefits. Unlike many things this year, the clock didn’t stop ticking on your insurance.
So, what does an orthodontic visit look like in this post-COVID-19 world? Here are a few of the new safety precautions you may encounter:
- A few days before your appointment, we will ask you some prescreening questions to see if you or anyone in your household has been exposed to or diagnosed with COVID-19, or if you or anyone you have been in contact with has experienced a fever or flu-like symptoms within the last several days. You may be asked to sign a COVID-19 patient consent form.
- Please remember to brush your teeth before you come to your appointment as our brushing stations may be temporarily closed.
- To limit the number of people in the treatment and reception areas at any one time, only patients are allowed in the office. Parents or guardians may wait in the car or lobby. If necessary, parents or guardians may accompany their child, but they will need to be screened as well.
- We ask that you wait in your car and call our office when you arrive. We will tell you when it’s ok to come in and ask that you wear your mask or face covering while in our reception area.
- Once you are in our office, we will ask the same screening questions again just to be sure nothing has changed. We will take your temperature and the temperature of anyone you bring with you. You may also notice that we have removed magazines, children’s toys, etc. because they are difficult to clean and disinfect.
- After we sit you in the treatment chair, we may ask you to rinse with a special disinfecting mouthwash before we start your treatment.
- Once your appointment is finished, we may ask for a contactless payment method or ask that you sign any forms electronically.
- Once you leave, we will thoroughly disinfect every surface to prepare for the next patient.
You may be tempted to delay your adjustment appointment or put off a consultation, but our dedication to our patients’ safety is stronger than ever. Delaying your treatment could result in longer treatment time. It also means you miss a thorough examination of your brackets and wires. We may see something during an exam that is easily fixable, saving you time, money, and pain.
While these temporary changes may sound and look alarming at first, they are for the safety of our team as well as our patients. From daily staff temperature screenings, face shields, and other forms of PPE to medical-grade HEPA filters, we have done everything we can to make sure everything is clean and safe for all of us, and we can’t wait to see you in our office!