Welcome to 2021! While many of our new protocols instituted in 2020 remain the same, we would like to refresh you on our office policies surrounding Covid-19.
We continue to research the safest possible office and dental environment we can provide. General dentistry faces a unique challenge in that we operate in a high aerosol environment. You are used to seeing us in gloves, masks, and PPE as dentistry has practiced Universal Precautions for Blood Borne Pathogens for decades, but we have also incorporated new equipment and protocols to also accommodate precautions for Airborne Pathogens. You will notice changes such as plastic barriers, new air filtration systems, UVC light disinfecting equipment, aerosol evacuation robots, slightly different protective clothing, and a modified scheduling routine. Please review your appointment reminder postcard carefully as appointment times may have changed slightly to accommodate these new protocols and to allow for more time for disinfection in between patients.
We ask that you please be considerate to your fellow patients and our staff and adhere to the following protocols on the day of your appointment:
1) Masks are required regardless of vaccination status. Masks covering your nose and mouth are mandatory at all times while you are in the building until you are asked to remove it for your appointment.
2) Please use the hand sanitizer located outside the front door before entering the building.
In response to the delta variant and in accordance with CDC guidelines, we ask that if you or anyone in your household are experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms, please call to reschedule your appointment. If you have attended a large group gathering (ex. wedding, reunion, party, ect.) or participated in any high-risk social events, please consider postponing your appointment.
If anyone in your household has had direct contact with anyone confirmed or suspected of having Covid-19 within 7 days of your appointment, and you have not been tested, please call to reschedule.
We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding, and we welcome your questions. As challenging as this time has been for us all, we are eager to work together to provide the best and safest dental care possible.
The Entire Staff of
Susan Ion Hogan DDS, PA