Dental Appointments and the Coronavirus Pandemic

dental appointments and coronavirus

dental appointments and coronavirusServing patients of Erwin, Jonesborough, and Greeneville TN

The coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic is the main story featured in the news and has sparked concerns across the globe. Although some people are panicking about the spread of the virus, the federal government, health officials, and the CDC have stated that the risk of getting the virus is low.

What precautions should I take to prepare for the coronavirus pandemic?

First, the health and safety of the patients and employees at Tusculum Dental Care are our top priority. Therefore, we recommend that you follow the CDC guidelines to help protect yourself and others.

Prevention begins with the following:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after coughing or sneezing. If soap is unavailable, use a hand sanitizer contains a minimum of 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth after touching other surfaces.
  • Avoid close contact with others who are sick.
  • Stay home if you begin to show symptoms of coronavirus like fever, coughing, sneezing, or shortness of breath unless you are seeking medical attention for testing.
  • Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, phones, keyboards, etc.
  • Practice social distancing and avoid groups of 10 or more.

Can I go to the dentist during the coronavirus pandemic?

At this time, the American Dental Association has encouraged dentists to only see patients needing essential dental care for the next several weeks, and to reschedule non-essential care, such as preventive treatments and cleanings. We ask that you please contact our office if you are unsure whether your dental condition is considered an emergency. If you have an appointment for a dental cleaning, we will contact you to reschedule.

How is Tusculum Dental Care protecting patients during the coronavirus outbreak?

The staff, clinical team, and doctors at our Tusculum Dental Care take serious measures daily to protect the health of patients and are trained in OSHA standards for cleaning and sanitizing the tools, room, and equipment used during a patient’s visit. Also, our staff uses EPA-approved chemicals that are known to kill viruses, bacteria, and blood-borne pathogens on surfaces that are touched by the patient, hygienist, clinician, or dentist after each patient visit to avoid the spread of germs. During this time, we are taking extra care to ensure patient reception areas also are cleaned thoroughly several times throughout the day. We have removed the coffee and water station, magazines, and toys from our reception area.  We are also implementing a “wait in your car” protocol.  You can call us when you arrive at our office and someone will come to escort you directly to your treatment room when it is ready. A key aspect in helping to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus to patients is adhering to the strict CDC protocol of hand hygiene before and after treating each patient.

Who should avoid going to the dentist right now?

Anyone who is showing symptoms of the coronavirus such as fever or cough, has traveled out of the country in the last month, or has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for the coronavirus, should contact the office prior to your appointment. For the safety of our patients and staff, we would like to privately discuss your situation without risking the health of others. You may be asked a series of questions as part of our prescreening process. Regardless, we will ensure you receive the dental care that you need. Your team at Tusculum Dental Care want to provide the best service to all our patients.

Dental Care in Greeneville, Jonesborough, and Erwin

Knowing whether you should keep your appointments during a global pandemic of the coronavirus is a common concern. However, please be mindful that the coronavirus updates are changing daily. To stay informed of how COVID-19 may affect your dental care, please follow us on Facebook and Instagram, where we provide immediate updates to changes to our office. If you have questions about the coronavirus and how it relates to your oral health, or if you need to schedule an appointment, feel free to call (423) 639-7575 or contact us today.