Our Response to COVID
The American Dental Association supports the following policy:
- Oral health is an integral component of systemic health.
- Dentistry is an essential healthcare service because of its role in evaluating, diagnosing, preventing, or treating oral diseases, which can affect systemic health.
- The term “Essential Dental Care” be defined as any care that prevents and eliminates infection, preserves the structure and function of teeth as well as the orofacial hard and soft tissues, and that this term is used in lieu of the terms “Emergency Dental Care” and “Elective Dental Care” when communicating with legislators, regulators, policymakers, and the media in defining care that should continue to be delivered during global pandemics or other disaster situations, if any limitations are proposed.
- Government agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have acknowledged dentistry as an essential service needed to maintain the health of Americans so they can sustain their health and livelihoods and live resiliently during the COVID-19 pandemic response. State agencies or officials be urged to recognize the oral health workforce when designating its essential workforce during public health emergencies, in order to assist them in protecting the health of their constituents.
American Dental Association
AAPD Policy Statement on Medically-necessary care reaffirmed in 2019:
Medically-necessary care (MNC) is the reasonable and essential diagnostic, preventive, and treatment services (including supplies, appliances, and devices) and follow-up care as determined by qualified health care providers in treating any condition, disease, injury, or congenital or developmental malformation to promote optimal health, growth, and development. MNC includes all supportive health care services that, in the judgment of the attending dentist, are necessary for the provision of optimal quality therapeutic and preventive oral care. These services include but are not limited to, sedation, general anesthesia, and utilization of surgical facilities. MNC must take into account the patient’s age, developmental status, and psychosocial well-being, in addition to the setting appropriate to meet the needs of the patient and family. Dental care is medically necessary to prevent and eliminate orofacial disease, infection, and pain, to restore the form and function of the dentition, and to correct facial disfiguration or dysfunction.
This definition was developed by the Clinical Affairs Committee on and adopted in 1997. This document is a reaffirmation of the 2015 version.
We love our Amazing Patients!
Most of you already know, but we are back to offering routine and preventative care for you with a few modifications. We want you to know that our top priority is the health and well-being of you, your families, our staff and community. Given the current environment with COVID-19, we have implemented the following changes in our office that we want you to be aware of:
- We have enhanced sanitizing and disinfection protocols
- Patients will be screened using a simple questionnaire, both when confirming an appointment and again when you arrive. We will also be taking temperatures of everyone entering our office.
- Appointments will be managed to allow for proper physical distancing between families. This might mean you are offered fewer options for appointment times.
- Parents are asked to not bring non-patients into the dental practice to help minimize the number of people in our office at one time. Please try to limit your group to only one parent and any children that are being seen that day whenever possible.
- Patients and parents are asked to bring and wear a face covering while in the office.
- Hand sanitizer will be available for use before and after touching items in the office.
- We have installed medical grade HEPA H13 air purifiers to quickly exchange and clean our air for everyone’s safety and comfort
We look forward to seeing you back in the office soon! Please contact us via email if you have any questions or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. McComb & Dr. Candy