We hope this post finds you and your family safe and healthy!
The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard on all of us. We miss seeing your smiling faces and are looking forward to reopening our doors on May 18.
As our team at Brookside Dental prepares to reopen, our number one priority has always been the safety and well-being of our patients, community, and team members.
While we are hoping to return to some sense of normalcy, we are still taking the pandemic seriously and adapting our procedures accordingly.
By closely following CDC and OSHA guidelines, we have implemented additional precautions for infection control.
Here’s what you can expect at your next appointment:
Additional precautions for infection control
Gowns and N95 facemasks
All of our staff members and doctors will be wearing additional personal protective equipment at all times, including gowns and N95 face masks.
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Of course, we’d prefer to let you see our full smiles, but we are doing this for everyone’s safety – especially for our patients!
In the meantime, we’ll be smiling with our eyes.
Virtual waiting room
To limit close contact between our patients, we are eliminating our physical waiting room.
Instead, we are implementing a virtual waiting room.
When you arrive at our office, please call us to check-in. Wait in your car or outside until we are ready to see you. We will call you back when it’s time to come inside.
Patient screening before entry
To reduce the risk of disease transmission in our office, we will be screening all incoming patients with a questionnaire before entry.
These questions will help us identify any potentially sick patients or those who may have been in contact with someone with COVID-19.
While we hate turning people away, it may be necessary to prevent any moderate to high-risk people from entering our office and infecting others.
Continue social distancing as best we can
While it’s impossible to maintain six feet from our patients and provide dental services (wouldn’t that be a sight?), we are still doing everything we can to limit contact to only what is necessary.
How can you help?
It takes all of us to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safe.
In addition to following these new procedures, there are many ways you can help out.
We ask that you:
- Respect the space of others: Maintain the spirit of social distancing and heightened spatial awareness as best you can. When possible, maintain at least six feet of distance from other patients and staff in the office.
- Bring your own mask: While you obviously can’t wear a mask while we work on your mouth, it’s still a good idea to wear it to and from your appointment if you can.
- Wash your hands frequently: Please wash your hands before entering our office, or use hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your face: Germs easily spread between infected hands and your nose, mouth, and eyes. Avoiding touching your face reduces the risk of you getting sick and spreading illness to others.
We are all in this together!
We understand these additional precautions for infection control require a change in normal behavior and may, at times, seem extreme.
Just know we are doing this with the best intentions to keep everyone safe.
You can still expect the same top-quality care, exceptional service, and friendly faces.
If you have any questions about what to expect at your next appointment or need to reschedule, please give our office a call.
Or contact us another way:
- Schedule an appointment online
- Email us: email@example.com and let us know how we can help you.
We are located in Bellevue, WA, and proudly serve surrounding communities in Seattle, Kirkland, Renton, Woodinville, Issaquah, Redmond, and Sammamish.
We look forward to seeing you again soon!
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