A LETTER TO MY VALUED STAFF AND PATIENTS:
Our community has been through a lot over the past few months and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: my commitment to your safety and health.
This is not the first contagious illness that has circulated our country, nor will it be the last. In my practice lifetime of over 30 years, I have dealt first hand with threats from HIV/AIDS, Swine flu, H1N1, MERS and SARS to name the most well known ones. In addition, every year during “flu season”, we see patients who have had the flu or have recently recovered. Hepatitis in its many forms (HPV, herpes, etc.) is also part of our everyday practice.
Our office has always followed the 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 continue to follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new guidance which may be issued.
You may see some changes in our office. We have made these changes to help protect our patients and staff:
- We will be checking and recording the temperature of each staff member and each person in the reception area. We request that everyone wear a nose/mouth covering upon entering the office.
- You may see that our reception area no longer offers magazines since they are difficult to clean and disinfect.
- We have incorporated True HEPA / UV-C light air purifiers to further filter and clean our office space.
- Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients and to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time. We ask that you limit the number of guests who accompany you to the bare minimum.
While some of these changes may be inconvenient, please be assured that they are implemented with the health and safety for everyone in our office.
Please feel free to speak with me about any of your concerns.
Evan S. Wetzler, DDS