Updated Friday, June 26th
We are open and seeing patients. We have implemented the guidelines laid out by the MN Governor, including:
- Creating our “Implementation Plan for Management and Treatment of Non-Emergent and Elective Dental Care” as mandated by the State of MN
- Developing procedures for screening staff, patients and visitors
- Developing methods to conserve personal protective equipment(PPE)
- Implementing social distancing protocols
- Prioritizing cases that pose a high risk to the patient if they are delayed. We are also scheduling non-emergency appointments with Dr Haag as time permits.
The safety of our patients is extremely important to us. Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice. Our infection control processes are made so that when you are in our office you will be safe. We follow 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).
Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, here are some changes you will see at your upcoming appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and dental team:
- You will need to complete a pre-appointment screening form. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office. We will take your temperature when you arrive.
- Only patients should come to the appointment unless a parent/guardian or driver is needed.
- Please wear a mask in our office, except when you are in the dental chair.
- We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find it in other places in the office for you to use if needed.
- Our dentist, hygienist and assistants will be wearing additional PPE.
- We have plexiglass partitions on our reception room counters and consultation room table.
- We have HEPA air filters in our operatories.
- Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time. When you arrive at our office, please call us. We’ll let you know when we’re ready for you to come in.
- Our waiting room no longer offers magazines, coffee maker, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to keep clean and/or disinfect.
Do not come to a previously scheduled dental cleaning unless we send you an appointment reminder. Due to the enhanced sterilization and PPE requirements and a desire to minimize the number of patients coming and going at the same time, we have to make changes to how we schedule our dental appointments. We continue to have limited availability of Dental Cleaning appointments. Click here for more information. **If you scheduled a July or August dental cleaning prior to our COVID shutdown, it will most likely be postponed.**
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. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through all of these details.