Coronavirus Update

 

updated: 03-23-2020

To all of our patients:

Your health and safety and that of our staff is first priority at our dental office. I have worked in hospital environments in both Greensboro and Atlanta and am committed to taking the necessary steps to make sure that our dental practice is operational and available to you.

We want you to know that while our office is now operating on an “emergency only” basis, we will continue taking additional steps to alleviate any potential concerns you might have with regard to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), including new protocols from the Organization for Safety Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP). 

We follow strict infection-control policies that are already in place in our office for the protection of our staff and patients. These include:

  • Each staff member maintaining rigorous personal hygiene standards

  • Clinical staff using new gloves, facemasks, and other personal-protective equipment for every patient interaction

  • Hospital-grade disinfectant with extensive room sterilization after each patient to ensure a safe and clean environment

  • Every dental instrument receiving the highest level of medical sterilization after each use

You will notice additional steps we are taking to prevent the spread of viruses, including:

  • UV-light sterilization for all waiting-room, front-desk, and restroom touchable surfaces, including keyboards, phones, doorknobs, light switches, table tops, faucets, and handles

  • We will be installing a new wall hand sanitizer next to the front door in addition to the table-top sanitizer currently located at the check-in table.

  • Tissue boxes and an open trash receptacle for tissue disposal are now available in the waiting room.

  • We will be doing additional screening at check-in before each patient is admitted to the treatment areas.

  • Social distancing: Our waiting room is large enough to accommodate only a few patients at a time. While we will work to expedite your time spent in the waiting room, we ask that you not bring family members and friends with you unless they also have an appointment with our office or are needed as a guardian, caretaker, or driver. Please understand that this is for your safety as well as that of our staff, in keeping with CDC recommendations, as we strive to limit the number of people at a time in any one room of our office.

In times of uncertainty, there can be a wealth of misinformation spread, especially in today’s digital age. Please rest assured that we are following local and national updates daily and will continue to maintain the highest level of safety and patient care that you have come to expect from us.

We will have ongoing news and updates as they occur and more extensive information in our Trending Now and Happenings sections of our website. We encourage you to follow us on our new Facebook page for updates as well.

According to the latest reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other national healthcare providers, the current health risks are minimal for most age groups. We recommend that all of our patients wash their hands frequently, avoid close contact with people who are sick, and stay home if you aren’t feeling well.

Thank you for your continued trust and confidence in our office. Together we can overcome these challenging circumstances and continue your path to greater dental health. We look forward to taking care of you at your next scheduled appointment.

Sincerely,

Dr. Edwin L. Booth, Jr.