The Maryland Department of Health has announced that dentists may resume providing normal care. I believe part of providing my patients the best care is keeping you well-informed. So, before I see you in the office, I want to provide you information about infection control and how we are continuing to evolve our procedures in light of new concerns.
Infection control, universal precautions, and PPE, may be new terms for you, but they have been part of my terminology, and a standard part of dentistry, since the mid-1980’s and the AIDS epidemic. Dentists realized we needed to be proactive in protecting our patients and ourselves from diseases, even ones we may not even be aware of. I take the responsibility for keeping everyone in my office safe very seriously. I always seek out research on the best techniques, products, and technology. And, in compliance with Maryland’s licensing board, I regularly attend infection control classes. Our office follows specific infection control procedures based on recommendations from the American Dental Association (ADA), Maryland State Dental Association (MSDA) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and regulations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Maryland Department of Health State Board of Dental Examiners.
Since the first reports of COVID-19, and especially in preparation to reopen, we have monitored the activities of these agencies to ensure we have the most recent guidance and are in compliance with all regulations. To that end, you'll notice some changes at your next appointment. Although they may seem strange, these measures are being taken out of a strong desire to protect your health, the health of our other patients, the health of myself and my staff, and the health of our community. There are also some measures we will need your help implementing.
As we prepare to return to business, here is a list of what to expect and how we are asking you to help us keep you safe:
It’s important that you feel comfortable and confident coming into the office; so I also want you to know about some of the steps my staff and I are taking behind the scenes:
There may be questions or concerns I have not addressed. Please feel free contact me directly by calling the office or by email. We are now booking new appointments with deference to our modified schedule. Scheduling limitations may make it necessary to adjust or reschedule existing appointments; we appreciate your understanding. If your appointment was canceled during the closures, we will contact you as soon as possible.
Thank you in advance for your patience as we all adjust to these new procedures and your assistance in assuring their success. Can’t wait to see you!
11801 Rockville Pike, #107, Rockville, MD 20852
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