Coronavirus Concerns & Precautions

Getting Back to Business

Hello Friends of Stumpf Dental,

As promised in the last update, I want to keep you informed of the safety changes I have implemented when it comes to your future dental visits. As much as we all want to go back to our old “normal”, the Covid-19 positive test infection rate is alarmingly high at the time of this writing. As the weather drives us indoors, the spread of infection is predicted to increase even more. I need your help to keep my doors open this fall and winter. You are the key to keeping myself, my patients, and my incredible team of dedicated staff members safe from exposure and infection.

My best defense against this disease is to keep it out of the office altogether. The medical community requires two weeks of relative isolation before a medical procedure and they still do a COVID-19 test two days before. Dentistry does not have access to any rapid testing currently. That is where I need your help. I am asking you to consider the following protocol if you have an upcoming dental visit on your calendar.

  • Two weeks before your appointment, keep your calendar clear of social events that increase your risk of exposure. This includes family or friend parties, Packer game gatherings, church meetings, weddings, dinners inside a restaurant, and movie theaters. Any group that is outside your normal “pod” should be postponed or your dental appointment rescheduled. Dental emergencies are the obvious exception and will be seen as soon as possible.
  • Any air or car travel away from home will need a two-week buffer before your next dental appointment.
  • If you have family members returning home from college, please leave two weeks between their visit and a dental appointment.
  • If you are waiting for the results of a COVID test or live with someone who may have been exposed and is in self-isolation, please reschedule your dental appointment to a safer time when results are known.
  • PLEASE, wear a mask when out of the house. Regardless of where the mandate on masks ends up, it can be thought of as an act of kindness. This is not meant to be a political statement.

The previous safeguards are still in effect. We will be taking temperatures, asking the screening questions, and requiring masks in the office. Waiting in your vehicle is still the safest place to wait while we prepare the room for you, but as temperatures fall, the lobby outside my office is a warmer option. We are still trying to limit the number of people in the office at any one time. Fewer people, less talking/socializing, streamlined check-out, and fewer aerosol producing procedures are safety measures that we embraced from the beginning. The UV-C lights, HEPA/ UV-C air filtration, and extraoral aerosol evacuation systems are also still in place for your protection.

I will do my best to keep everyone safe, but I can not do it without you. It is not easy to keep vigilant with these measures for such a long time. I know everyone wants this to end soon, myself included. We need to work together to keep dentistry safe for everyone.

I want you to know that we are all still smiling behind all our masks and face- shields and incredibly grateful for your trust. I will continue to keep you up to date on our progress. If we do not have an email address or cell phone number for you on file, please call the office with that information. I will use those formats if I need to get a message to you quickly.

I look forward to seeing all of you and wish you the best of health.

Dr. Stumpf

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