Should you go to the dentist during the coronavirus pandemic? 05/12/20
HIGH POINT, N.C. — According to the American Dental Association, there are more than 200,000 dentist in the U.S. That includes approximately 3,900 dentists in North Carolina.
When Governor Roy Cooper issued the statewide "Stay-At-Home Order" in March, he labeled dental offices as "Essential Businesses". This determination was essential to keep our hospital system from being overwhelmed with non-Covid-19 related dental emergencies. Dentists had the option to close or continue to offer dental care for patients under tight guidelines.
Since the state is in Phase One of the re-opening plan,the North Carolina Dental Society says you should feel safe going to a regular dental appointment. Howerver, due to the coronavirus pandemic, you can expect some changes at the dental office.
Some of the new safety and health measures include:
- Your car is now the waiting room.This will help limit the surfaces touched by you and others. (If you must be in the waiting room, we will provide you a mask and ensure the proper social distancing.)
- The staff will ask you questions related to Covid-19 exposure and symtoms.
- The staff will take your temperature to help evaluate your potential exposure to Covid-19 and that you are not currently sick, in order to reduce risk to the office,staff and other patients.
- You will be provided a mouth rinse prior to dental treatment
- Hand sanitizers and wipes are available throughout the office
- Everyone will be wearing more PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to protect themselves and you from the risk of exposure
- All staff members are screened for potential Covid-19 exposure daily
NC Dental Society President Dr. L'T Bailey advises, "Oral Health is directly related to your overall health, so it is as important as ever to continue going to your regular preventive appointments."
In addition we may be the front line for helping patients realize they have other serious medical conditions based on things we see during your exam. Oral cancer is on the rise and during your routine exams, an oral cancer screening is included. Routine cleanings can help diabetics keep in balance. Cardio patients benefit from routine treatments as well.
"As Dentists,we are all navigating this new normal along with you, as a society, together. But rest assured, your dentist is here for you and working hard to unsure the cleanest, safest environment for you to receive your dental care."
Our commitment to your health and safety remain our highest priority!
We look forward to welcoming you back to the office soon,
Dr.s Cogburn, Teague & Van Praag and Staff
Coronavirus COVID-19 Update - 5/10/20
Since March 18th, 2020, our office has been providing only essential and emergency care during drastically limited office hours. We are pleased to announce that our staff has been back in the office in preparation for resuming our normal schedule in the near future. Of course, the practice of dentistry has forever changed. Our preparation during these weeks is centered on ensuring your safety, as we are developing new standards based on CDC, ADA, and NIH guidelines hat will dictate our practices when we resume our normal schedule. We all return to comprehensive and preventative care beginning May 12th, 2020. As part of our new protocol, please expect to be met in the parking lot by one of our assistants, who will escort you immediately to the operator. Also, please expect to complete a questionnaire and consent form that are relative to the COVID-19 National Emergency. We are limiting the number of patients seen and continue to practice social distancing and extreme infection control procedures to protect your health.
Please call our office with any questions or concerns.
Our most sincere best wishes for the health of you and your family.
Dr. Kerry Cogburn, Dr. Pamela Van Praag, Dr. Jack Teague
Dentist Clyde, NC - Cogburn, Teague & Van Praag Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
At Cogburn, Teague & Van Praag Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we value our patient relationships, making it our priority to deliver gentle compassionate care that you deserve from a dentist in Clyde. We work hard to make you feel at ease by providing exceptional patient care in a relaxed, convenient atmosphere. We strive to develop lifelong relationships with our patients by combining the latest dental technology with a professional and compassionate staff. The result is a beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime.
We also believe that patients should have sufficient information to make educated decisions about their oral health, treatment options and choice of dentist in Clyde. You'll find all of this important information on our website, including directions to our Clyde office, service descriptions, patient forms, patient education resources and more.
Not only are we a leading dentist in Clyde, we are a full-service practice providing for all of your dental needs. Our services include:
- General Dentistry
- Teeth Whitening
- Preventive Care
- Periodontal Exams
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