Coronavirus Concerns & Precautions
Getting Back to Business
Hello Friends of Stumpf Dental,
Well, we are now into May and the pandemic has touched all of us. The world has changed. I hope you and your families are all well and safe. Many of you have called to ask about our situation. I want to keep you informed and up to date on where we are at this time. Like everything else, Covid-19 has transformed dentistry overnight.
Without question, SAFETY AND INFECTION CONTROL is the number one concern to address before opening my doors again. With a background in microbiology as a Medical Technologist, I have always taken infection control seriously. That is not new. But this virus is more virulent than anything we have seen. The lack of treatment and immunity, and the difficulty in identifying asymptomatic carriers compounds the complexity of reopening America.
Dentistry has unique challenges to face. Controlling the aerosols that dentistry produces became a huge obstacle overnight. The investment in equipment to keep everyone safe has been monumental. Dentistry has an entirely new normal. Some of the items ordered are beginning to arrive as China opens for business. I now have N-95 masks and new clinic gowns but face shields, air scrubbers, and UV-C room disinfecting lights are still back-ordered.
Additionally, we are adding high volume extra-oral evacuation systems to each operatory. These units are designed to pull the aerosols that ultrasonic scalers and dental handpieces produce when doing routine dental procedures. HEPA filters and UV-C lights clean the air before it is allowed back into the room. These are just some of the measures we have taken to ensure everyone's safety. There are many more and I will go into specifics as we work out the details and prepare to open. For now, limiting treatment to emergencies with minimum aerosol production is the best choice for everyone. Virtual visits are also an option. Call for details if you think it is something you would like to try. I am hopeful that all the protective equipment that has been ordered will arrive soon and America will continue to have fewer new cases of Covid-19.
This brings me to dental appointments. Many of you have dental needs that you were going to address before this world crisis. There is a backlog of patients waiting for appointments. Please hang in there for a little while longer. I promise to take the best care of you that dentistry can provide in an environment that is clean and safe. There is no room for compromise. It will be different from any previous dental experience, that I can guarantee.
I want you to know that we are all still smiling behind all our masks and incredibly grateful for your trust. I will continue to keep you up to date on our progress.
I wish you all good health.