March 16th, 2020
UPDATE: Dentistry For Special People has continued to monitor the rapidly changing circumstances related to the COVID-19 coronavirus. Our office has been continually taking precautions and making necessary adjustments in our everyday operations and interactions, to safeguard our patients, staff, and doctors during this time.
Due to the COVID-19, a State of Emergency was declared by Camden County officials. The American Dental Association has made the recommendation to postpone elective dental procedures. Therefore, out of an abundance of caution, and to assist with the social distancing efforts of our community, Dentistry For Special People will temporarily close effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020 through Tuesday, March 31, 2020, with a tentative reopen date of April 1, 2020.
*For any patients who experience a true dental emergency, we will have a doctor working on-call 24/7. You can reach our On-Call doctor by calling our office and listening to the prompts.
- If you are looking to reschedule your cancelled appointment, you can make an online request HERE, and we will be in touch once our office re-opens.
The health, safety and security of our patients, our employees and their families, will always be of the utmost importance to us. Thank you for bearing with us and for allowing us to continue to provide you with an exceptional and safe Dental Home for your children.
A Message from Dentistry For Special People Regarding COVID-19
As you all are aware, the circumstances surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) are continuing to develop each day, and with the rapid-fire nature of today’s modern media, details vary from channel to channel, Tweet to Facebook Feed, leaving us feeling confused as to what next steps should be taken, and how quickly. Our goal at Dentistry For Special is to stay well-informed, plan effective protocols, and, as always, keep the wellbeing of our patient families and team at the forefront.
The health and safety of our patients, families, employees and colleagues is our number 1 priority, and you can rest-assured that our team always has and will continue to adhere to strict OSHA and CDC (Center for Disease Control) infection control guidelines and sterilization measures. We have been closely monitoring both State and Federal developments, including the CDC, and have implemented their recommendations to ensure a safe environment for all of our patients and staff, as well as the community as a whole. As of now, our office will remain open to provide care for your child unless directed otherwise by the governing authorities. While as a pediatric dental practice we have always practiced Universal Precautions to the highest possible standard when it comes to sterilization and disinfection, as an added precaution, we have added to our Infection Control protocols to ensure that we can continue to provide quality dental care in a safe environment. From the waiting area and play area to the front desk and patient rooms, we are hard at work sterilizing and disinfecting in between patients and behind the scenes. We are also prepared to address the needs of individual patients on a case-by-case basis to ensure that no one if left to feel vulnerable.
What Are We Doing To Keep Our Office, Patients, And Staff Safe?
- We’ve expanded our office cleaning protocol to include (but not limited to): wiping contact surfaces like doorknobs, toys, toilet handles, bathroom faucets and desk countertops every 30 minutes throughout the day.
- We will continue to utilize emerging information regarding COVID-19 to establish, and modify if necessary, screening procedures for all patients and team members, as well as enhanced safety protocols to minimize the chance for transmission within our dental office.
What Can You Do To Help?
- First and foremost, we ask that if you or your child are having any symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, breathing difficulties, etc.) please call our office and we will reschedule your child’s appointment
- If you or your child have traveled to or been in contact with anyone who has traveled to a high-risk area, we ask that you please call to reschedule your appointment to a minimum of 2 weeks out or longer. This is to allow enough time to pass to ensure you have not been infected by COVID-19
- We encourage you to go online to our Patient Portal at http://bit.ly/DfspPatientPortal to fill out any necessary paperwork prior to your appointment. This will ensure minimal hand to hand transactions and the use of communal pens at our office.
- If you are anxious about bringing your child into the waiting room for extended periods of time, many of our parents have elected to wait in their vehicle until the exam room is prepared, and we are ready to bring your child back. If you choose to wait outside, please call our office once you have parked, to “Check In” with our Front Desk. We will then contact you when we are ready to bring your child back to the operatory.
- When you come into the office, please use the hand sanitizers at the front desk, or wash your hands in the patient bathroom
- If/when possible, we ask that you kindly, do not bring siblings into the office who do not have a scheduled appointment.
IMPORTANT SCREENING INFORMATION:
If you, your child, or anyone you are in close contact with has been sick, or displays symptoms including coughs, fevers, respiratory illness within the last 14 days, please call us to reschedule your child’s appointment. Similarly, if you, your child or anyone you have been in close contact with has travelled domestically or internationally please inform our office prior to your child’s visit. Because we do see a number of medically compromised and fragile patients, as well as infants who have not had the time to build up an immune system, we are taking extra precautions with our patient screening process, to avoid doing anything that could place these children, or anyone else, in jeopardy.
Remember- We are here for you and your children. If you feel uneasy or unsure of whether to bring your child to their scheduled appointment, the best thing to do is CALL US! We will work with you to decide the best and most responsible plan of action.
Dental Emergencies: If your child is sick and has a dental emergency or is in pain, again, please call our office right away. We can discuss options with you and arrange to treat your child in the safest manner possible.
On a final note, you can be confident that all of us at Dentistry For Special People are committed to offering you the top-notch service you expect from us, while also protecting our entire TeamDfsp family. We will remain vigilant and continue to do whatever we can ensure your safety.
Dr. Sayany and Staff of Dentistry For Special People