To Our Patients and Families,
Your health and wellbeing is important to Lodi Valley Dental, LLC. We recently sent out a message to notify you of the procedures and precautionary steps that Lodi Valley Dental, LLC is taking during this unknown time of Covid-19. The American Dental Association (ADA) has since sent out the following recommendation for all dental practices nationwide. Our dental practice will follow the ADA guidelines.
Effective March 17, 2020, the ADA calls upon all dentists to postpone elective procedures. In order for dentistry to do its part to mitigate the spread of Covid-19, the ADA recommends that dentists nationwide postpone elective procedures for the next three weeks. Concentrating on emergency dental care will allow us to care for our emergency patients and alleviate the burden on hospital emergency departments.
The ADA is continually evaluating and will update its recommendation on an ongoing basis as new information becomes available. We will continue to evaluate and will update our Lodi Valley Community when we are able to open our doors back up and reschedule your appointment. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
To Our Patients and Families.
We appreciate the growing concern with COVID-19 within our communities. After evaluating the most current information and reviewing all published guidelines, we remain confident in our ability to provide dental care in a safe and healthy environment at Lodi Valley Dental, LLC
With so many news stories, it’s understandable to be concerned about the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Please know that the precautions your dentist already takes every day to prevent the spread of infection in his or her practice also helps prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Your well-being is important to your dentist and dental staff. That’s why infection control procedures are in place at your dental office. Your overall health and wellness has always been our highest priority.
Infection control procedures are actions taken in health care settings to prevent the spread of disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommendations for dental office infection control. Your dentist and dental care team care about your safety and work hard to prevent the spread of infection. Before you enter the examining room, all surfaces, such as the dental chair, dental light, drawer handles and countertops, have been cleaned and disinfected. Offices may cover some equipment with protective covers, which are replaced after each patient.
Non-disposable items like the dental tools are cleaned and sterilized between patients. Disposable dental tools and needles are never reused. Infection control precautions also require all dental staff involved in patient care to use appropriate protective equipment such as gloves, masks, gowns and eyewear when needed. After each patient, disposable materials are thrown away. Before seeing the next patient, everyone on the treatment team washes their hands and puts on a new pair of gloves.
We have reviewed the following with our Lodi Valley Dental Team:
- Procedures for proper hand hygiene, reinforced their importance, and encouraged accountability between team members.
- We have expanded and increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfection of all common areas and facilities.
- We have temporarily removed items that pose a risk for cross-contamination (e.g. magazines, toys, and books) from our common areas.
- We have requested our team to not be present at our office if they are experiencing symptoms.
We are closely monitoring updates from the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization and the American Dental Association and will continue to seek guidance from these agencies and local public health officials. With new information, we will make the necessary adjustments to our operations and will keep you informed of any changes.
If you are ill with flu-like symptoms, you should reschedule your appointment.
If you or someone you are in close contact with have recently traveled to one of the countries with large outbreaks of COVID-19 or if you have been exposed to someone else who was diagnosed with COVID-19 or who was quarantined as a precaution, wait 14 days until you see your dentist to make sure you have not caught the coronavirus.
Thank you for your continued trust and confidence in the care you receive at Lodi Valley Dental, LLC. If you have questions or concerns, please get in touch. We’re in this together and here to help!
Dr. Crane and the Lodi Valley Dental Team