220 West Route 72, Manahawkin, NJ 08050 (609) 597-4660

Coronavirus Update

     We are happy to announce that we will be reopening for visits beginning June 1, 2020! The NJ Department of Public Health and American Dental Association has now given guidance for resuming some types of dental care in New Jersey.  We are so excited to see our patients again! As always, the health of our patients and team is our top priority. We have made enhancements to our office procedures in order to provide a raised level of safety for everyone who enters our office, consistent with new Covid-19 related healthcare guidelines. Please carefully review these new procedures, as they will pertain to all patients during this time. We will be reaching out to patients who are due for appointments over the next few weeks. Please be patient with us!

     First, please print and fill out/sign the supplemental Covid consent and health questionnaire that need to be brought in at your appointment (these are found below in PDF)

     When you reach our office, please check in to the appointment from your car by calling 609-597-4660.  We will come outside to escort the patient inside when we are ready for them.

     Only patients may enter the office and all persons entering the office must enter wearing a facial covering. We will be screening all entrants into the office (including our team members) for temperature and signs of illness prior to seating in the clinic.

     Parents, friends and significant others are asked to wait in their cars for the duration of the appointment. For teens and younger patients, we will provide a “take home summary” of your child’s visit after each appointment and a date and time for their next appointment.  If the given appointment does not work for you, please call the office to reschedule.  We will also be available to answer residual post-visit questions by email. Although our reception area is closed, you can remain in virtual contact with your child for the entire appointment through facetime. On a predetermined case-by-case basis, we will consider allowing a parent into the office reception area (for example, in the case of child patients younger than 7 years or children with special needs).  

     We will require that you reschedule your appointment if the patient or anyone in the family has been sick with a fever, cough, flu-like symptoms, or any of the CDC reported symptoms of COVID-19, or has a recent positive diagnosis for COVID-19 within the past 14 days. We will be strict in asking perceived sick patients to reschedule; therefore, if you or your child is sick or might appear to be sick upon entry into the office, please call to reschedule. 

     If you perceive you are in a high risk group for COVID-19 exposure, like those over the age of 60 and those with the following health concerns: heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, diabetes or any auto-immune disorders, we suggest you consult with your physician prior to your appointment.

     Before each appointment, please brush your teeth at home (our brushing station will be closed).  In addition, we will require all patients to swish for 30 seconds with a disinfecting hydrogen peroxide oral rinse. This rinse is completely safe and available over the counter.  Hand cleaning with monitored wash or hand sanitizer prior to seating and after appointments is also required.

     Please use the bathroom at home before coming to the office.  Our restrooms will be available only in emergencies.

     We are continuing to take stringent infection control measures to sterilize instruments and sanitize the clinic. In addition, our team will be wearing extra PPE and all team members will wear a mask at all times, including admin. Please advise your child that this is for safety and that we are still smiling under them.

     The measures summarized in this information update are being taken for your safety.  At any time when you leave your home there is a risk of exposure to illness.  In our office we have always focused on the use of healthcare universal precautions as a protection for our patients and office team.

     We have modified our scheduling protocols to decrease the number of patients in the office at a time. Please be patient with us when it comes to scheduling. Late patients will be rescheduled. In the next few weeks we will be contacting all patients who are due for an appointment.  If you do not hear from us, please feel free to call the office.  As always, you can also email us with your questions or concerns. 

     Please watch for update emails from our office as the recommendations for healthcare patients and caregivers have been changing–and will continue to do so. The health of our patients and team is our top priority.  Please bear with us as we work together during this unique time. 

*REMEMBER* Please print and fill out both supplemental forms below and bring with you to your first appointment:

Supplemental Informed Consent COVID-19 Form PDF

Supplemental Health Questionnaire Supplemental-Health-Questionnaire-COVID19-rev2-fill-sec(5).pdf

 

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