At Joseph P. Holmes DDS, your health and the health of our staff are of the utmost importance. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have and will continue to change, one thing remains the same: OUR COMMITMENT TO YOUR SAFETY AND THE SAFETY OF YOUR FAMILY AS WELL AS OUR STAFF.
To ensure your health and the health of our staff, infection control has always been a top priority for our practice. Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association, the CDC and OSHA. Our office is closely following the activities of the agencies so that we are up to date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We wanted to give you an update below on the status of the practice during the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation. You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We are taking all these additional steps to protect our patients and our staff.
Our office will communicate with you 48 hours before your appointment to ask several screening questions. When you arrive for your appointment, we will review those same questions to confirm there have been no changes.
- Our waiting room is temporarily closed for the protection of our patients and to honor physical distancing. When you arrive at the office, we will ask you to stay in your car and call the office to inform our staff you have arrived. As soon as we are ready to seat you, we will call you to come in for your scheduled appointment. The assistant or hygienist will meet you at the door, take your temperature with a no touch thermometer as well as provide hand sanitizer. If your temperature is 100.4 or higher, we will need to reschedule your appointment.
- We ask you to wear your mask into the office and will remove it once you are seated.
- After every patient, treatment rooms are sterilized, and all common space are wiped down with disinfectant.
- All clinical staff will wear appropriate PPE for every procedure.
- For the protection of all our patients and staff due the recent outbreak of coronavirus, we are requesting that if you have an illness or are exhibiting symptoms, we recommend you cancel and reschedule your dental appointment. Some illness and symptoms include:
- A cold or the flu-like symptom
- Persistent cough
- Severe headaches, sore throat or body aches
- Chest pain, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
- Active tuberculosis (TB)
- Mumps, measles, chickenpox
- Other contagious disease
- Please notify our staff before your appointment if you have:
- Been in contact with anyone who has been confirmed to be COVID-19 positive
- Have tested positive for COVID-19
- Have traveled outside of the United States in the last 14 days
- Have traveled within the United States by airplane, bus or train in the last 14 days.
If you are healthy there is no need to cancel your regularly scheduled dental appointment.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us immediately. The below links provide additional information regarding the coronavirus:
* Center for Disease Control (CDC)<https://www.cdc.gov/>
* World Health Organization (WHO)<https://www.who.int/news-room/newsletters>
Our team will continue to monitor the situation and provide updated information when warranted. Thank you for being our patient before, during, and after these tough times. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends. We will not only get through this, but we will emerge stronger after it!