Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.
We are in the process of reopening our office. Our first priority is to schedule appointments for patients who have called in the last six weeks with pain/infection issues and broken or lost fillings, crowns, bridges, and so on. In order to preserve supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE—masks, face shields, gloves, gowns), we will not be scheduling appointments for cleanings until the beginning of June.
To keep patients and staff safe, our office follows infection control recommendations made by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Dental Association (ADA). We continue to monitor the activities of these agencies to make sure that our infection control procedures are up to date.
As a biological dental office, we have been using ozonated water to protect our patients for years. Ozone helps kill microbes that are found both in the mouth and in our water lines. We also use a chairside dental air vacuum unit to reduce the aerosols produced while using high-speed handpieces. Both these protocols provide further protection for our patients and staff members.
You will notice some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff.
- Our office will ask you some screening questions beforehand. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
- We ask that all patients bring their own face coverings or masks and wear these when entering the office. We also ask that you provide your own pen, in order to sign consent forms or other documents. We have hand sanitizers that we will ask you to use when entering and leaving the office.
- Upon arrival we will perform a pre-rinse with an antimicrobial product which is effective especially against viruses for all patients.
- Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
Unfortunately, all of the mandated changes come at a cost that must be covered by a per visit infection control charge of $18. The American Dental Association is pressuring all dental insurance companies to cover this charge.
We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. In our process of reopening the office, we will begin with limited hours on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9AM to 4PM until further notice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 314-997-2550.
Michael G Rehme, DDS