Dental Treatment in the Age of COVID-19

COVID-19 is the virus that’s turned the world upside down. While we continue to battle with this pandemic, it’s been determined that you can receive dental care again. However, there are some guidelines that you must follow to make sure that the care is safe.

We’re also doing more to protect you and our staff. You can count on us to make sure you’re in a sterilized environment with masked, virus-free employees. The providers at Dente Complete Dentistry offer this guide about what we’ll expect from you before you come in for a visit. 

Stay home if you’re sick

The first and most important thing is to stay home if you’re feeling at all under the weather. While dental care is essential, the risk of the possibility that you might have COVID-19 is an excellent reason to avoid the dentist right now.

Familiarize yourself with the symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, and body aches. You should also postpone your visit to us if you’ve recently been around a person who has tested positive for the virus. It can take up to 14 days after exposure to a COVID-positive person for the virus to develop in you.

Expect some different procedures when you arrive

To reduce both your risk and ours, we have a few new procedures for our patients, even for emergency dental services. The first is that you’ll be expected to wear a mask while in our waiting room, so make sure to bring one to your visit.

We’ll also take your temperature upon arrival to make sure that you’re free of a fever. We’ll have medical history forms for you to fill out before we can see you. These medical history questions concern your possible exposure to the virus, so it’s vital to fully and accurately answer them.

Expect our waiting room to look a bit different, too. We have patients sit in chairs that are spaced six feet apart to allow for social distancing. We ask that you not bring anyone to your appointment with you, except for minor children. Also, make sure to bring entertainment for you and any accompanying children, as we currently have removed magazines and toys for your safety.

What we’re doing to prepare for you

As dentists, we’ve always worked hard to create a sterile and safe environment in our practice. But in these times of COVID-19, we’ve stepped up our level of preparedness. We screen our employees each day for symptoms of the illness and encourage them to stay home if they feel ill, just like we do with you.

We’re also wearing more personal protective equipment than usual. We wear masks as always and thoroughly wash our hands between each appointment and throughout your procedures. You obviously won’t wear your mask while we work on your teeth, but you can rest assured that we’re doing everything possible to protect you from picking up the virus from our office.

If you have any questions about how COVID-19 might affect your dental visit, don’t hesitate to contact our office or send us a message online

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