Coronavirus Update

Pinamonti Orthodontics 5/6/2020

We hope this finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, its both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

  • Please call the office 620-231-6910 when you arrive in our parking lot.  Our office will communicate with you to ask some screening questions.  We will call you back to let you know when we have a chair ready for you.  You’ll be asked those same questions again and we will take your temperature.
  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find sanitizer throughout the office for you to use as needed.
  • Our waiting room will be closed. Parents may wait in their car and the assistant can review the appointment and answer any questions after the appointment.  If you wish, your patient can Facetime/Facebook Messenger you during the appointment. 
  • If it is an “Initial Exam” or “Placement of Appliances”, a parent may accompany the patient, but will be screened and wear a mask. 
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that youre offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
  • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you.
  • We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.

 To make an appointment, please call our office at 620-231-6910.  

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Sincerely,

Gina B. Pinamonti & the “SmileOutLoud” Team

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COVID-19 PANDEMIC DENTAL TREATMENT NOTICE

AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RISK FORM

Our goal is to provide a safe environment for our patients and staff, and to advance the safety of our local community. This document provides information regarding the COVID‐19 virus that we ask you to acknowledge and understand.

The COVID‐19 virus is a serious and highly contagious disease. The World Health Organization has classified it as a pandemic. You could contract COVID‐19 from a variety of sources. Our practice wants to ensure you are aware of the additional risks of contracting COVID‐19 associated with dental care.

The COVID‐19 virus has a long incubation period. You or your healthcare providers may have the virus and not show symptoms and yet still be highly contagious. Determining who is infected by COVID‐19 is challenging and complicated, due to limited availability for virus testing. Due to the frequency and timing of visits by other dental patients, the characteristics of the virus, and the characteristics of dental procedures, there is an elevated risk of you contracting the virus simply by being in a dental office.

Dental procedures create water spray which is one way the disease is spread. The ultra‐fine nature of the water spray can linger in the air for a long time, allowing for transmission of the COVID‐19 virus to those nearby. You cannot wear a protective mask over your mouth to prevent infection during treatment as your health care providers need access to your mouth to render care. This leaves you vulnerable to COVID‐19 transmission while receiving dental treatment.

  • I confirm that I have read the Notice above and understand and accept that there is an increased risk of contracting the COVID‐19 virus in the dental office or with dental treatment.
  • I understand and accept the additional risk of contracting COVID‐19 from contact at this office.
  • I also acknowledge that I could contract the COVID‐19 virus from outside this office and unrelated to my visit here.
  • I have read and understand the information stated above.  I give my permission to document the receipt and understanding of this document in my dental chart.
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