Important Information Regarding COVID-19

Re-Opening of Associated Dentists

On May 5th, Governor Walz issued a new Executive Order that impacts dental treatment in Minnesota.

Beginning on May 11th, per Executive Order 20-51, which states that hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, and clinics – whether veterinary, medical, or dental – will be able resume many currently-delayed procedures once facilities have developed criteria for determining which procedures should proceed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Associated Dentists Dedication and Service to Infection Control

Associated Dentists has always taken the needs and safety of our patients very seriously. Our office has been a member of the Organization for Safety, Asepsis, and Prevention (OSAP) for over 25 years. OSAP is the leading international organization when it comes to infection control and safety in dentistry. 

 Our Infection Control Mission:

We want to assure the safe and infection free delivery of oral health-care to all of our patients.

 Values:

Patient & Provider Safety

We believe that all patients deserve access to oral healthcare that is delivered safely and the persons who are involved in delivering such care are protected from occupational injury or illness.

Science-Based Learning

We value lessons learned from the application of scientific principles. We believe the work we do should be grounded in data, research and rigorous evaluation. When appropriate, we also welcome expert consensus to help inform the development of practical guidance.

Integrity

To prepare to open again in this time of COVID – 19, we have prepared a full written plan for procedures that utilize PPE and provide a safe environment for employees, and safely serve our patients. We can provide our full written plan upon request.

 

***Please Read – Changes To Appointments***

We require that you wear a mask or other face covering when entering/leaving the office.

Please do not arrive early for your appointment. Please arrive at your scheduled time. Please come alone unless you are escorting your child or you are a caretaker.

***Please stay in your car when you arrive. You will receive a call at your appointment time when we are ready for you to enter the office. Also, please be patient, as we may run behind right away until we get used to our new system***

Your temperature will be taken as you enter the office, and you will be escorted to the operatory promptly.

You will be asked to swish with a peroxide rinse to reduce microbials in the mouth and will also be reviewing and signing a waiver regarding COVID-19 prior to being evaluated or treated

Our staff is well trained in infection control and minimization of risks to ourselves and our patients. We will be wearing additional personal protective equipment (PPE) including face shields over our masks, surgical gowns, and hair coverings.

We will be limiting the number of staff and patients in our office at any given time. Due to social distancing guidelines we will not have as many appointments available as we normally did, but we want to still get you scheduled as promptly as we can.

Scheduling staff will be conducting additional screening over the phone about any potential symptoms or risks. They will also be updating your phone number, email, mailing address, insurance over the phone.

If you experience any flu-like symptoms including but not limited to runny nose, dry cough, shortness of breath, fever we ask that you please stay home and call us to cancel your appointment.

We ask for your patience in scheduling. We have many patients that are overdue or due for their routine cleanings and exams and we would like to schedule those patients first.

You’ll also see an additional $10.00 fee that will cover the additional personal protective equipment designed for your appointment specifically to keep you safe.

As always, we are available to answer any question or address concerns, and can be reached at 651- 222- 0351.

– Associated Dentists

 

General COVID – 19 Office Information

In recognition of ongoing news reports and the continued spread of the COVID-19 virus, we realize our patients have questions. As dedicated health care professionals, we want you to know that we remain as diligent as ever in protecting the health and safety of our patients and staff. Our practice strictly adheres to and exceeds the standards for infection control by wearing personal protective gear, using hospital-grade disinfectants, practicing the latest sterilization protocols, utilizing single-use disposable materials, and more. Every effort we have in place is to ensure the safety of our patients and staff. We want you to know that we are monitoring this situation very closely, and we will keep you updated regularly

Symptoms of coronavirus are reported as flu-like, with varying degrees of severity. While we do not know everything about this virus to date, individuals who are elderly and/or immunocompromised appear to be the most at risk of a severe infection. To ensure your health and safety, and the health and safety of everyone at our practice, please reschedule your appointment if you or a member of your household has a cough, fever, and/or flu-like symptoms. In addition, please reschedule your appointment if you have traveled to any areas within the past 14 days that are at high risk for contracting the coronavirus.

We thank you in advance and extend our gratitude for your understanding and cooperation. Together, we can help keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office, and one of our staff members will be more than happy to assist you.

Please view and share our latest COVID-19 Symptom Comparison Chart with your friends and family.

For further information, including measures to keep yourself healthy, visit the following links: