Covid-19 Update

Here at Compassionate Dentistry, the health and safety of our patients and our team is of utmost importance. We understand this is an uncertain time and we want you all to know we are constantly monitoring and evaluating guidelines set forth by various local, state and federal agencies. We are compliant with all regulations regarding sanitization and we will increase our efforts as the situation progresses.

It is our top priority to do whatever we can to stop the spread of COVID-19. Things are changing not by the day, but by the hour. For this point in time, we have chosen to take the advice given by the CDC, ADA and other health agencies to implement the following regulations and precautions for anyone who has an appointment with us. Please understand that because of the ever-changing nature of this virus, some of these regulations may change or be re-evaluated as new information is released.

Currently, we ask that everyone follow the protocols listed below:
• Any person who has traveled outside the U.S., or came into contact with someone positive for COVID-19 in the past 3 weeks, must reschedule their appointments.
• Any person exhibiting signs of fever or illness (including coughing, sneezing, shortness of breath, runny nose, headache, muscle aches etc.) must reschedule their appointments.
• One of the most important things we can do is abide by Governor Hogan’s insistence on utilizing social distancing and wearing a mask.  For this reason, we kindly ask to only send the patient into the practice. All parents, siblings and friends will be asked to remain in the car for the duration of the visit. If the patient requires an escort, please send one parent or guardian in with them. We ask that the parent or guardian wear a mask when entering the office and follow the same office protocols.
• Patients should brush their teeth at home before their appointment.

Upon entering the office, patients will be asked to wear a mask. We will use a digital touch free thermometer to check your temperature. If your temperature is over 99.4 °F we will ask you to reschedule and call your physician. Each treatment room has been disinfected and sanitized between patients and our restrooms have been disinfected and sanitized after each use. All door handles and countertops and continuously cleaned. We have hand sanitizer available throughout the office.

In the office, patients will rinse with Peroxyl for 30 seconds rather than brushing. Instead of using the sink, patients will rinse chair-side with a cup and then discard. The virus is neutralized by the oxidation from Peroxyl, not toothpaste. Aside from the protocols we’re asking patients to follow, we have made some changes within the office as well. Below are some of the steps are taking internally. Our waiting room area remains locked to the outside public. We will unlock the door and escort you in when your provider is ready for you. You must wear a mask at all times except in your providers chair.
Patients will be strategically brought into the office in order to promote social distancing
Providers have all the necessary PPE. They will be wearing N95 face masks along with a surgical mask over top and full-face shields. Gloves are changed for each patient frequently to avoid cross contamination and Lab coats are worn. Our staff upon arrival has their temperature checked and is asked a series of CDC questions all answers and temperature are recorded in our log book.

It is immensely important to all of us at Compassionate Dentistry; that our patients, our team and our community remain safe during this trying time. We will continue to closely monitor the advancements and make decisions we trust will keep everyone as healthy as possible. We know this is a new and incredibly serious situation, and we thank all of you for your help in advance. We will notify everyone if there are any changes to the temporary protocols we have in place. Stay safe!

Best Regards,
Dr. Paper and staff