Important Information Regarding COVID-19
The global pandemic of COVID-19 has paralyzed our world, certainly the United States and the Dallas-Fort Worth area. We know that this virus is spread person-to-person, so our office strongly supports “social distancing” and 20-second hand washings throughout the day as two effective measures to fight the insidious spread of this contagious virus. While our office has always practiced oral surgery in an environment of safety for both our patients and our dental team, several weeks ago we began increasing the measures necessary to ensure that antiseptic and sterile conditions are in place in our office as the fluid situation of COVID-19 unfolds. These extra steps included disinfecting door handles, computer mouse/keyboard stations, telephones, ink pens, removing waiting room magazines and having patients wash their hands when they enter the office, as well as taking their temperature upon arrival.
At this time, however, oral surgeons in America have been asked by President Trump, the governing body of our oral surgery specialty, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (AAOMS) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), to help in slowing down the transmission of COVID-19 by following guidelines to determine if the surgical needs of each and every patient we see are essential and immediate. President Trump, the AAOMS and the CDC recommends that only “emergency and urgent care should be provided” by oral surgeons for the next several weeks. Reevaluations will take place about resuming elective surgical procedures on or around May 11, 2020.
Ultimately, your safety is our greatest concern. As a nation, we are all in the fight against this contagion. We will get through this global crisis together by doing everything in our power to comply with these recommendations. In doing so, we will focus on each other’s well-being and how our daily decisions impact our neighbor. Let’s ride this wave of uncertainty as a community, filled with hope for better days ahead.
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