Dentistry For Kids is excited to announce our office will begin treating patients for non-emergency dental procedures.  As always the health and safety of our patients and team members is our top priority and we want to assure you that 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. Some procedures per the state guidelines may cause us to choose a different treatment protocol at this time.

You will see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. 

  • We are requiring all New Patient paperwork or Existing patient updated paperwork to be done via our website 24 hours before arriving at your child’s appointment. If you have a question on what paperwork you will need to fill out please give us a call at 775-823-9797.
  • We will require patients and family members to wear their own masks in and out of our office.
  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand and ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you arrive in the office and have you verify with a signature for your responses.
  • We will be limiting the number of people in our waiting room to our patients and one parent only, if social distancing allows. Unfortunately, we will not allow siblings or additional children in our waiting area unless they have a scheduled appointment.
  • We request parents or guardians of older patients, who do not require an adult to accompany them during their appointment, remain in their vehicle during their child’s appointment. For any treatment appointments, parents will not be allowed in treatment rooms.
  • Upon your appointment arrival,  we ask that you call our office and a member of our team will come out to take the temperature of anyone entering our office. 
  • Upon arrival, we have hand sanitizer 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 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. To help entertain your children while waiting for your appointment, we are requesting you to bring your own toys, IPad, etc.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. Please be aware that appointments might be longer in length due to social distancing. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
  • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.
  • We have always taken our infection control seriously. You will see more reminder signs around the office.  Please make sure you respect what we need to do to keep everyone safe.

Over the next few weeks, our office staff will be contacting our patients who had their appointment canceled to get them rescheduled and those who have a dental appointment scheduled to go over their appointment and see if we need to reschedule to another day.

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 (775) 823-9797. Thank you for being our patient!

 

Dr. Luz Molina  Dr. Emily Whipple and DFK Staff