To our valued patients:
We hope that you and your family are in good health. 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. As per the recommendation of the NJ Dental Association, we will begin seeing patients again as of Monday 5/18/2020. Initially, we will be seeing patients who need immediate treatment or who had their treatment postponed due to the pandemic. It is our goal to return to preventive care, ie; cleanings, x-rays, exams by the end of May. We will continue to follow the guidelines set forth by NJDA and the NJ board of dentistry.
Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.
Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued.
You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:
- Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask for some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
- We will ask you to call us from your car when you arrive so that we can make sure that we are ready for you before you enter the office.
- We require that you wear a face-covering when you enter the office and remove it only during treatment.
- 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.
- Prior to treatment, we will be recording your temperature using a touchless forehead thermometer. If you are showing any signs of fever, cough, or difficulty with breathing, we will not be able to treat you and will ask you to contact your primary healthcare provider.
- You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys, and so forth since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
- We have installed glass at the front desk to protect you and our front office staff.
- Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you are offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
- 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.
Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.
Dr. Baum and Staff