Dental appointments and the COVID – 19 pandemic
Since March 16, 2020, the American Dental Association (ADA) and the California Dental Association (CDA) have called dentists to postpone non-urgent dental procedures in order to slow down the spread of the Coronavirus. As healthcare providers, our office will continue to see patients for pain management to reduce the burden that dental emergencies will place in the hospital.
We continue to follow directives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as that of the American and California Dental Associations as a way to limit patient and staff exposure to this virus. We will continue to provide care for patients with urgent and emergency dental needs.
Examples of urgent or emergency care include:
- Bleeding that will not stop
- Painful swelling or infection in and/or around the mouth, tooth or gums
- Pain in tooth, teeth or jaw
- Treatment required for follow up after surgery (such as suture removal)
- Broken tooth or trauma
- Adjustments to dentures for cancer patients
- Adjustments for dentures or other appliances that are causing pain and you can’t eat
- 3rd molar or wisdom tooth pain
- Pain after surgery or tooth extraction
Please feel free to contact us if you have the symptoms or questions regarding the symptoms described above.
During this time, our office will be open for phone calls, emails, and Facebook Messenger. We will contact existing and new patients to answer address any concerns, prescribe medication to manage pain and infection, and make appointments for urgent care or treatment is needed.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ADA, and CDA has provided recommendations for infection control in the dental office.
As always, all surfaces including dental chairs, tabletops and counters, handles, and areas where aerosols can contaminate will be disinfected. Barriers will continue to be used and proper personal protective equipment (PPE) will be used for staff and patient safety.
Filtration systems will be installed to reduce the amount of aerosol during your care in the office.
New protocols may be implemented during your visit to the dental office at this time for the safety of our patients and staff.
Please maintain general personal hygiene as advised by the CDC
Just as important as handwashing, daily brushing, flossing, and mouth rinse is advised.
Dr. Tran and the Dental Team