COVID-19 (coronavirus) UPDATE
Our Valued Patients and Friends,
As news of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues, we're reaching out to let you know that there is no higher priority than the health and well-being of our patients and employees.
New Age Dental Group management is actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation and following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and local health authorities. Rest assured, we remain focused to address changes in risk levels and issues as they arise.
Infection control procedures are actions taken in our office to prevent the spread of disease. We are remaining vigilant and following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and CA Dental Association recommendations for dental office infection control very closely.
New Age Dental Group cares about your safety and works hard to prevent the spread of infection:
Before you enter the examining room, all surfaces, such as the dental chair, dental light, drawer handles and countertops, have been cleaned and disinfected.
Our staff may cover some equipment with protective covers, which are replaced after each patient.
Non-disposable items like the dental tools are cleaned and sterilized between patients.
Disposable dental tools and needles are never reused.
Infection control precautions also require all dental staff involved in patient care to use appropriate protective equipment such as gloves, masks, gowns and eyewear when needed. After each patient, disposable gloves and masks are thrown away. Before seeing the next patient, everyone on the treatment team washes their hands and puts on a new pair of gloves.
Your well-being is important to Dr. Sorkin and our dental staff. That’s why these infection control procedures are in place at our office.
With so many news stories, it’s understandable to be concerned about the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Please know that the precautions our staff already takes every day to prevent the spread of infection in his or her practice also helps prevent the spread of COVID-19.
In turn, for our patients:
If you are healthy, there’s no need to cancel your regularly scheduled dental appointment.
If you are ill with flu-like symptoms, you should reschedule your appointment.
If you or someone you are in close contact with have recently traveled to one of the countries with large outbreaks of COVID-19 (widespread, ongoing transmission):
Europe (Schengen Area): Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City
United Kingdom and Ireland: England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland,
or if you have been exposed to someone else who was diagnosed with COVID-19 or who was quarantined as a precaution, wait 14 days until you see your dentist to make sure you have not caught the coronavirus.
It’s important to know that the majority of people infected with the coronavirus experience flu-like symptoms and then recover. Most people do not develop serious respiratory complications.
Those most at risk of becoming seriously ill are elderly people and those with underlying medical conditions such as diabetes and kidney disease, among others. Children, thus far, have been largely unaffected.
Here are a few things you can do on your own to help keep yourself and those around you healthy:
Wash your hands frequently, or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent ethyl alcohol.
Avoid touching your face, eyes or nose to reduce the spread of germs.
Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow. Infections like the coronavirus spread through the tiny droplets in coughs and sneezes.
Stay home if you feel sick. If you have flu-like symptoms or otherwise feel unwell, stay home and rest. Call your dentist to reschedule your appointment for a later date. This will reduce the risk of spreading your illness.
Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.
Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during the time you are practicing social distancing.
Avoid crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) and limit your activities in public.
Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).
This situation continues to evolve quickly, and we are monitoring it closely. Based on current guidance and our own standards and practices, our practice remains open and is committed to providing excellent patient care.
We appreciate your cooperation and understanding. We will continue to provide up to date information on our website as the situation changes so please check back.
For the most up-to-date and accurate information on COVID-19, as well as public health and safety guidelines, please visit the website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html).