Today, the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners, the regulatory agency for dentists in this state, directed all licensed dentists in Texas to follow CDC guidelines regarding elective dental procedures, while allowing each dentist to use his professional judgment when making decisions about what construes non-elective procedures, meaning emergencies or urgent treatment needs.
Effective March 24, our next regularly scheduled appointment day, we will postpone all hygiene appointments at least through April 17, to be rescheduled for a later date.
For treatment appointments already scheduled, we will evaluate those appointments based on each patient's symptoms and conditions and confirm or re-schedule accordingly.
My primary concern, now and always, is for the health of my patients and employees. Please remember that infection control, meaning sterilization, disinfection, protective personal equipment like gloves and masks, and personal hygiene like handwashing has been part of our professional lives daily for decades, but we are taking additional, recommended steps to reduce even further the risk of contaminated surfaces and air in our office.
Additional newsletters will be sent as we are updated by the Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov) and other agencies on this global pandemic.
Please continue to read credible sources and to follow the recommendations regarding personal handwashing and cough/sneeze hygiene, avoiding crowds, and boosting or maintaining your immune system with proper sleep and diet practices.
As always, if you have any questions, please call the office at 972-775-2345, while knowing that at times you may need to leave us a voice message, which we will check frequently, and to which we will respond as promptly as we can. Or you can email the office at email@example.com.
Dr. Jerry R. Ellis