Safe Reopening during Covid-19

Dr. Kaplan has gained a vast amount of knowledge and expertise in dealing with how the Covid-19 pandemic affects dentistry. As part of the Michigan Dental Association Task Force to Reopen Dentistry, he has been in constant contact with multiple experts discussing how to treat patients safely in the dental setting.

 

Here are some of the steps we are taking and the changes we are making to make everyone, both patients and staff, safer...

 

PRE VISIT TESTING OPTIONS FOR COVID 19 FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT FULLY VACCINATED:

 

*PLEASE TEST NO SOONER THAN 2 DAYS PRIOR TO YOUR VISIT*

 

AT ANY LOCAL TESTING SITE (i.e. PHARMACIES, URGENT CARE CENTERS)- this may not be covered by your medical insurance

 

AT LYNXDX.COM (SALIVA TEST)- this may not be covered by your medical insurance

 

AT HOME COVID 19 ANTIGEN TESTING- PLEASE TEST YOURSELF THE DAY OF YOUR APPOINTMENT AND TAKE A PICTURE OF YOUR RESULTS AND BRING THIS TO YOUR APPOINTMENT

 

*Unlike when our medical colleagues see patients, all dental patients have to take off their masks to be seen. As COVID-19 continues to be present throughout our community, we have decided for the safety of our patients and our staff to have pre-dental visit COVID testing for all patients who are not fully vaccinated who need to take off their masks to be seen for either periodontal evaluation or for treatment.

 

**once tested, please do your best to self-isolate and wear a mask at all times if you must go out until your appointment time in order to help prevent getting infected with COVID-19.

 

PLEASE STAY HOME IF YOU HAVE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

**If you have any of these signs or symptoms, please stay home and call your physician, then call us to reschedule.

Also, if you have been exposed to anyone who has COVID-19, we will need to postpone your appointment until 2 weeks after your exposure.

 

Changes we have made to our office:

  • We have added 8 high-quality HEPA air filtration units to our office to help clean and turn over room air using MERV 19 filters. 

  • More importantly each treatment room will have a dental snout to help capture any aerosols that occur during a procedure. We have chosen the IQAIR HEALTH PRO PLUS which utilizes hyper-hepa air filtration at 300 cubic feet a minute along with the DENTAL FLEXVAC creating a negative pressure zone at the point of treatment.

  • We have also added iWave-C with Needle Point Bi-Polar Ionization to help purify the air in our suite along with a Merv 13 filter in our HVAC system.

  • Our clinical staff will be wearing either N95 or KN95 masks when we are caring for you
  • We have added sneeze guards at the front office.
  • We added wall extenders and curtains to help control airflow.
  • We have adjusted air returns to have airflow from the front of our office toward our treatment rooms.

 

WHEN IT IS TIME FOR YOU TO VISIT:

1. Please arrive 10 minutes early for your appointment and please wait in your car. Please call us to let us know you have arrived for your appointment and please make sure that we have your cell phone number.

2. We will call you when it is time for you to come in to be seen. We are trying to minimize the wait in our reception area due to the pandemic.

3. Please do not bring anyone with you to your appointment unless you are not able to come by yourself.

4. We are asking all patients to enter the building already wearing a mask (who are medically able to do so).

5. If you are sick with any of the symptoms:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

**If you have any of these signs or symptoms, please stay home and call your physician, then call us to reschedule.

Also, if you have been exposed to anyone who has COVID-19, we will need to postpone your appointment until 2 weeks after your exposure.