The COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult time for all of us. We deeply appreciate your understanding while we kept our office closed to help control the spread of the coronavirus. We are excited to welcome you back! While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our mission to provide exceptional dental care for you that is Detailed, Distinctive and Sincere. Rauk Family Dentistry has always exceeded all ADA (American Dental Association), CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) infection control recommendations, however, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic we have instituted additional protocols to ensure your safety.
You will see some changes when it is time for your next appointment:
First, you will be contacted 48-72 hours prior to your appointment via phone, text or email and asked a set of health-related questions regarding symptoms and exposure risks to COVID-19. If we are unable to complete this step we will have to reschedule your appointment. Any patients with a fever or other symptoms of illness will be asked to delay their appointment. We ask that you come to your appointment wearing a mask or scarf/bandana to cover your mouth and nose, as well as sanitize your hands as you enter and leave the office.
ONLY patients will be allowed entry into the office. Parents and other family members will be asked to wait outside whenever possible. Patients are asked to wait in their vehicles or outside the office until their scheduled appointment time. We will call or text you when we are ready for you to enter the office and you will be met by a clinical team member and your temperature and lung efficiency will be checked. Again, any signs or symptoms of illness will mean rescheduling your appointment for a later date. Please use the restroom before you arrive.
Appointments will be managed to allow social distancing between patients. We ask that you continue to practice social distancing measures in common areas of the office.
In addition to extensive team training on infection control and patient management procedures, this is a list of enhanced precautions we have taken for your safety: '
Personalized arrival procedures to guide you from your car directly to treatment rooms to eliminate contacting surfaces.
Maintaining distancing in reception area for essential caregivers and parents of minors if they cannot wait in a vehicle or outside the clinic.
Sneeze guards or droplet barriers in all reception areas.
Require handwashing and hand sanitizing before all appointments by our team and by our patients.
Record temperature and lung efficiency of every patient and team member upon entering the office.
Enhanced operatory disinfection procedures of all surfaces between patients.
Ambient air management in treatment rooms and common areas to remove germs and other microscopic particles from circulating air. We use AirDoctor's UltraHEPA filtration, which has been independently tested to remove 100% of airborne particles at 0.003 microns in size, 100 times smaller than the HEPA standard filter and smaller than COVID-19 viruses.
High volume air filtration and purification.
Enhanced patient care suite disinfection procedures before and after all appointments with mist or fogging devices to access hard to reach places that can easily be missed with only surface wiping.
New personal protection equipment like visors, gowns and masks for our doctors and team to provide barriers again the smallest of germs.
Enhanced protocols chairside to reduce or eliminate airborne aerosols during all dental procedures.
Disinfection procedures of equipment and office fixtures like computers, keyboards, telephones, chairs, doorknobs, and buttons that may be touched unconsciously.
Disinfection of all mail and packages that enter the building.
Appointment times for you to prepare and complete all appointment tasks and duties in the safest and most comprehensive manner.
Providing teledentistry services for our patients via a private HIPAA compliant platform.
We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we have taken to keep you and our community safe. Please feel free to reach out to us to schedule an appointment.
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the way that leads to life, and only a few find it. Matthew 7:13-14