Our response to the COVID-19 Health Crisis
To our Patients and Referring Offices:
We continue to closely monitor the Coronavirus | COVID-19 pandemic as it continues to affect our nation as well as local East Texas community. Infection Control has always been a top priority in our office. However, COVID-19 has had a significant impact on infection control and personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements. Our goal is to provide the highest level of periodontal care in a safe environment for both you, our patients, as well as our staff. To that end, our Infection Control policies have been updated to follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Occupational Safety and Health Admin. (OSHA), the American Dental Association (ADA), the Texas Dental Association (TDA), as well as the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE). We continue to follow these agencies to ensure that our policies remain up to date for your safety.
We have implemented new measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus in our office - new patient and staff screening measures are in place as well as heightened disinfection protocols for general use areas, including the waiting room, countertops, door handles, bathrooms, etc. We have installed new equipment to enhance the safety of patient care for our patients and our staff, including: HEPA filtration systems throughout the office to clean the air; High Volume Evacuation (HVE) dental suction units to limit production of aerosols during treatment; New masks, shields, and gear for our staff; and front office safety features.
In an effort to continue to promote Social Distancing to limit the spread of the Coronavirus, we have also implemented the following: Pre-visit phone health screening; In-office health screening; temperature measurements; and pre-treatment oral rinses. We will utilize a “Curbside Waiting Room” and encourage you to call upon arrival prior to entering the office as we are limiting access to our waiting room and treatment areas. We ask that you limit any companions to your visit, especially children. Lastly, we encourage you to practice good hand hygiene, frequent hand washing, and wearing masks as you feel comfortable. Please only attend your appointment if you are healthy.
Thank you for trusting us with your periodontal care. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to seeing each of you again.
Dr. Kayleigh E. Temple, Dr. John E. Adcock, and the Staff of Tyler Periodontics