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In recognition of ongoing news reports and the continued spread of the COVID-19 virus, we realize our patients have questions. As dedicated health care professionals, we want you to know that we remain as diligent as ever in protecting the health and safety of our patients and team.
BASED ON RECOMMENDATIONS from the ADA and the CDC, we’re temporarily changing the way our practice operates. We recommend that all of our patients check the CDC’s website for information on the coronavirus and what we can do to slow the spread.
In a COVID-19 Advisory dated March 21, 2020 the New Jersey State Board of Dentistry strongly urged that “Dentists should cancel or postpone any elective procedure or ‘routine’ service until at least April 20, 2020, to limit exposure to and transmission of the virus and help preserve and extend the supply of personal protective equipment.” Thereafter, on April 9, 2020, Governor Philip D. Murphy issued Executive Order 109, https://nj.gov/infobank/eo/056murphy/pdf/EO-109.pdf which expressly directed: “All elective surgeries or invasive procedures, whether medical or dental, already scheduled for after 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 27, 2020, are to be canceled or postponed indefinitely.” Since the “indefinite cancellation or postponement” mandated in the Executive Order has not been relaxed and based upon a continuing need to limit containment of the virus, pending further direction from the Governor, dental offices should not “re-open” on April 20 but should continue to remain available to render emergency care.
Temporary Changes to Our Schedule
Our office is temporarily closed for all elective dental treatment. If you have an appointment during this time, we will reach out to you to reschedule once we have a date for reopen set. A member of our team will be available by phone Monday through Friday from 9:00am-12:00pm. For our current patients, Apple FaceTime video visits are now available from the safety of your home. We can now connect with you to:
*Most dental insurance companies are covering Teledentistry visits.
Some examples of true dental emergencies include trauma to the mouth or jaw, an infection such as an abscess or swelling, a toothache or jaw pain that cannot be managed with over-the -counter medications, or bleeding that won’t stop. If you are experiencing one of these circumstances, then please call our office and we will further assess the situation.
We Are Strong When We Work Together
Right now, one of the best ways that we as healthcare professionals can help to slow the spread of coronavirus is to follow the guidance of these health organizations, and we encourage our patients to do the same. We will be sure to update you about additional changes at our practice. We will be sending periodic tips and newsletters to stay connected during these unprecedented times. We thank you in advance and extend our gratitude for your understanding and cooperation. Together, we can help keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office, and one of our staff members will be more than happy to assist you.
We hope to see your healthy, happy faces soon!
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