**CORONA VIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE**
Mendota Heights Dental Center Patients,
We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last couple of 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.
Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.
Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.
You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:
Prior to appointments, we will be calling patients to ask a few screening questions. Patients will be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
Please wear a mask to your appointment. Our staff will instruct you when to remove the mask, as well as when to put it back on.
Please do not wear gloves in to the office.
We have a hand sanitizer station that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
You may notice we may look a little different as well. We will now be wearing face shields and gowns during your appointment.
We will be taking patient’s temperatures as they check in to screen for fever.
You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
We ask that adult patients come to their appointment unaccompanied and children with one parent
If it is your preference, please check in for your appointment via phone from the parking lot and we will call you back when it is time to come in for your appointment.
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. To make an appointment, please call our office at (651)455-4223 or visit our website at http://www.mendotaheightsfamilydentist.com
Mendota Heights Dental Center Staff