The Dentist is Safe! – July COVID Update

The Dentist is Safe! – July COVID Update

Jul 22, 2020

We want to offer our continued assurance that Perio Health is a safe place to come to address your oral health. Even with cases on the rise in Texas, and Houston/Harris county in particular, there are no cases of COVID-19 that can be traced to dental offices.

NPR - No cases of COVID-19 traced to dental offices so far

Image above taken from NPR Article – The Dentist Will See You Now

Washington Post Article – Yes, you should still go to the dentist.

Dental offices have always practiced universal precautions because dental clinicians are often at the highest risk due to the nature of our work.  Those practices have evolved due to the current COVID pandemic.  This is a top priority for our practice in order to protect the health of our staff and most importantly, you, our patient.  Our infection control processes are designed to keep you both safe and comfortable as you receive care.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, we’ve safely seen 2169 patients. And we’ve been so happy to see you!  We’re able to do this as we lead the field with our office protocols and workflows.

We continue to abide by all state mandates for providing treatment.  Governor Abbott’s announcement on Thursday, June 25, applies to elective surgeries in hospitals, not to dental procedures.

Our office visit protocols remain in place and are outlined below.

  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 2 weeks or experienced symptoms in the last 2 weeks we ask that you reschedule your visit for the health and safety of our staff and other patients.
  • We’ll ask you the standard COVID-19 screening questions when you arrive to the office.
  • 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.
  • Please arrive with a mask on. (Currently mandated in Harris and surrounding counties)
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you may be offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
    • Your appointment time MAY be different from what you originally booked due to scheduling adjustments.
  • 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 ask that you arrive no more than 10 minutes prior to your appointment time to allow for social distancing. This request requires that you be on time for your appointment to allow us to provide safe scheduling.
  • We ask that you attend your appointment alone when possible.
    • We understand that in some instances (sedation, caregiver, parent to a minor child) that a companion is required.
    • The companion will be asked the same screening questions as the patient.
  • Please limit the personal items brought into the office.

We’re so appreciative of your continued patience as we cope with this new normal. We couldn’t do this without you.

If you’ve visited us since the pandemic began in March, you’ve likely received a survey request from our Director of Clinical Research, Carol Waring.  We ask that you take the time to complete this survey to aid in our data collection.

We are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. Thank you for the confidence you continue to show in our practice. We care deeply about your health and are looking forward to seeing you soon.

Sincerely,

The Doctors and Team of Perio Health Professionals