COVID-19 and Dental Appointments
Things you need to know before going to the dentist or oral surgeon
COVID-19 is transmitted from person to person via droplets through coughing/sneezing and saliva. Please practice hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette before, during, and after your visit. Please do not put your hands into your mouth or touch your face. At this time, only treatments that minimize or do not require aerosol generating procedures should be performed.
A pre-interview screening will be performed over the phone to assess your COVID-19 risk.
Even if you have fever, cough, shortness of breath, or myalgia, or if you have had close and/or prolonged contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, you may still be treated via telemedicine. Please call the office Doylestown Office Phone Number (215) 938-7860 with any questions.
Pennsylvania Dental Implant & Oral Surgery Associates also now offers consultation via Telemedicine.
Infection Control Practices at our Offices
Once it has been determined that you are asymptomatic and not suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 and you require treatment in the office, rest assured that universal precautions will be used. The spread of COVID-19 is like the spread of influenza. Therefore, regular personal protective equipment, including surgical masks and not specifically N95, is important and will help stop the spread. All surfaces will be disinfected following manufacturer’s instructions for use.
How to Prepare For an In-Office Appointment
When you arrive, please:
- Remain in your car until you receive a call when your treatment room is ready.
- Do not bring any children or relatives to your appointment. One guardian will be allowed per child patient.
- Your temperature will be taken in the waiting room and then you will be taken to the treatment room.
- You may be asked to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- You may be asked to rinse your mouth with Peridex or Hydrogen Peroxide prior to procedure.
For At-Risk Patients
If you are high risk for, or have COVID-19 requiring emergency treatment, dental treatment would be performed in a hospital setting with personnel wearing N95 masks or higher. It is important to be truthful regarding symptoms and/or exposures so that care may be delivered appropriately and lessen the spread of disease.
- Please excuse our social distancing.
- Please practice respiratory etiquette.
- Please wash your hands. A person may carry the virus even when they appear healthy.