Periodontics & Dental Implants P.C., COVID-19 Update 4/25/2020

Dear Patients of Periodontics & Dental Implants, PC:

We are contacting you in order to announce that the practice will begin the re-opening process for patient care beginning Monday April 27, as part of the State of Colorado’s plan for easing the COVID-19 restrictions.  This date is subject to changing with updated mandates and recommendations.

We will be contacting patients directly via phone call, text or email to confirm existing appointments that were previously made or to reschedule appointments that needed to be cancelled due to the restrictions.

Due to the ongoing concerns about the virus, we will be conducting phone screenings for all patients prior to their scheduled appointment with our office per ADA and CDC recommendations.

     The screening questions pertain to the following items of concern:
-Fever over 100 degrees
-Coughing, sneezing, or shortness of breath
-Headaches, Fatigue, Sore throat
-Recent diagnosis of COVID-19 or contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19

     If you have, or have had these symptoms, we ask that you do not come to the office until you have been symptom free for 14 days.

As expected, there will be many changes to how the practice will receiving patients in order to adhere to strict social distancing guidelines as well as to continue to practice stringent infection control procedures.

All patients will also have their temperature taken upon arrival to the practice with a non-contact forehead thermometer. Patients with a fever over 100 degrees will be asked to reschedule.

We are asking all patients and anyone entering the office to wear face masks while in the office. All patients will need to arrive with their own face mask as we will not be able to provide masks to our patients due to the critically short supply available at this time.

In order to adhere to social distancing regulations, we are requesting that only the scheduled patient enter the office. Other family members and friends remain outside or in the car.

Patients will be asked to call the office upon their arrival and will be provided guidance regarding entering the building or whether they will be escorted into the building by a staff member.

All forms required by the practice will need to be filled out online prior to arrival in order to minimize exposure and contamination.

We ask for your patience over the next several weeks as we strive to implement these new practices in order to adhere to the necessary guidelines and recommendations to provide the highest level of protection for our patients and staff and to accommodate everyone into our schedule.

We are so excited to see all of you again and to continue to provide the highest standards of care for your periodontal needs. Please stay safe and healthy.

Respectfully,

Dr. John R. Dodge

Dr. Anthony C. Rademacher

Staff of Periodontics and Dental Implants, PC

 

 

Dear Patients, Parents, Families, and Friends, Update as of 3/31/2020

Periodontics & Dental Implants P.C., is currently closed for normal operations due to the State of Colorado mandated closure for non-emergency medical and dental services until April 30, 2020.

Limited staff members will be available to answer phone calls and emails, as well as provide care for any urgent dental issues that you may be experiencing. Our office will have limited hours Monday through Friday, as well as providing after hours emergency service. Please call the office at 303-447-0460 if you need immediate attention.

We request that you do not come to the office if you or family members have tested positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, sneezing or shortness of breath, traveled internationally in the past 15 days, come into contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and have had a fever over 99.1ºF.

Examples of urgent dental care treatments, which should be treated as minimally invasively as possible, include:
• Severe dental pain from pulpal inflammation.
• Pericoronitis or third-molar pain.
• Surgical postoperative osteitis or dry socket dressing changes.
• Abscess or localized bacterial infection resulting in localized pain and swelling.
• Tooth fracture resulting in pain or causing soft tissue trauma.
• Dental trauma with avulsion/luxation.
• Dental treatment cementation if the temporary restoration is lost, broken or causing gingival irritation.

Other emergency dental care includes extensive caries or defective restorations causing pain; suture removal; denture adjustments on radiation/oncology patients; denture adjustments or repairs when function impeded; replacing temporary filling on endo access openings in patients experiencing pain; and snipping or adjustments of an orthodontic wire or appliances piercing or ulcerating the oral mucosa.

“Concentrating on emergency dental care will allow us to care for our emergency patients and alleviate the burden that dental emergencies would place on hospital emergency departments.”

We practice universal precautions that safeguard our staff and patients from infectious diseases in accordance with CDC and ADA policies and recommendations. As the CDC, ADA, and AAP release new information or procedures regarding the virus and best practices, we will list them on this page. Detailed information about current protocols can be found here

 

 

Dear Patients, Parents, Families, and Friends, Update as of 3/23/2020

Periodontics & Dental Implants P.C.,  is currently closed for normal operations due to the State of Colorado mandated closure for non-emergency medical and dental services until April 30, 2020.

Staff members will be available to answer phone calls and emails, as well as provide care for any urgent dental issues that you may be experiencing. Our office will have limited hours Monday through Friday, as well as providing after hours emergency service. Please call the office at 303-447-0460 if you need immediate attention.

We request that you do not come to the office if you or family members have tested positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, sneezing or shortness of breath.

It is extremely important that you maintain excellent oral hygiene during this time to avoid any oral infections, cavities, or decalcification of the teeth.

We are looking forward to resuming normal operations when the restrictions have been lifted and will do our very best to accommodate you. Further updates via email will be sent.

We share your concerns and uncertainty during this difficult time, and sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding.

Please stay safe and healthy.

Sincerely,

Drs. Dodge & Rademacher

– Periodontics & Dental Implants

Important Information Regarding COVID-19 From Periodontics & Dental Implants P.C.,

Our team at Periodontics & Dental Implants P.C.,  is closely monitoring the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. If you are experiencing a dental emergency, do not hesitate to contact our office. We will continue to provide emergency care for our patients and referring dentists, pending recommendations by the American Dental Association and other governing bodies.

Additional screening questions, provided by the Colorado Dental Association and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, pertinent to mitigating and minimizing potential spread of the virus prior to your emergency visit will include:

  • Have you traveled internationally in the past 15 days?
  • Have you come into contact with anyone who has traveled internationally in the past 15 days?
  • Have you come into contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19?
  • Have you or any member of your household been to the mountains (Eagle, Summit, Pitkin or Gunnison counties) since March 7?
  • Do you currently have a cold?
  • Have you been sick in the past 14 days?
  • Do you currently have a fever?
  • Have you had a fever in the past 14 days?
  • Do you have a temperature above 99.1ºF

We practice universal precautions that safeguard our staff and patients from infectious diseases in accordance with CDC and ADA policies and recommendations. As the CDC, ADA, and AAP release new information or procedures regarding the virus and best practices, we will list them on this page. Detailed information about current protocols can be found here

If you have a scheduled appointment and are experiencing malaise or signs/symptoms related to COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath), please call us to discuss treatment options (or leave a message and we will promptly return your call).

 

Sincerely,

Drs. Dodge & Rademacher

– Periodontics & Dental Implants