A note from Dr. Tom about COVID-19
I am sure you are receiving many emails about Covoid-19. Before sharing the steps my staff and I are taking to keep you safe, I have an important request for patients with upcoming appointments.
If you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath or if you have been exposed to someone with coronavirus, please call our office to reschedule your appointment. If you have recently traveled outside of the country, we also ask that you postpone. This protects you, our other patients, and our staff.
I thank you for your cooperation.
Following guidance from the CDC and the American Dental Association, we are taking the following steps to encourage social distancing:
We ask patients to arrive only 5 minutes prior to their appointment to avoid spending additional time in the reception area.
We have removed magazines, reading materials and toys since they are not easily disinfected.
Our staff will be wiping down all door handles and reception chairs throughout the day
Lastly, we will discontinue use of the iPad to complete forms. We will communicate with patients on how to complete forms prior to arrival.
Since many people wonder what sort of infection control procedures are used in a dental office, but don't often ask, I want to share with you how we normally keep your health and safety at the top of our list at Closurdo Family Dentistry even prior to the recent pandemic.
All surfaces in the appointment room, including the dental chair, dental light, and all drawers and countertops are cleaned and decontaminated after every patient. We may also at times cover these areas with protective covers and replace them with each new patient.
“Critical,” non-disposable items such as forceps, scalpels, scalers, mirrors and surgical burs are all sterilized after each use using either pressurized steam (auto-claving), dry heat, or heat/chemical vapor.
Lastly, needles, gloves and masks are all considered single-use, and as such are disposed of as would be expected.
Your health and safety is important to our entire staff. If you ever have any questions we can address for you regarding this or any other concern, please call or drop in – we'll be glad to assist.
Dr. Tom Closurdo and staff