COVID-19 Update from Chattanooga Dental Arts

UPDATE (March 24, 2019): Tennessee Governor, Bill Lee, signed an Executive Order that keeps dental offices through April 13, 2020. The sole dental exemption is for Dental Emergencies.

Dear Valued Patient,

During the period of national emergency related to COVID-19, we at Chattanooga Dental Arts would like to inform you that we are closely following guidance from the Center for Disease Control, Tennessee Department of Public Health, and the American Dental Association. The safety of our employees, patients, and doctors is paramount, and we believe the best strategy to protect our community from unnecessary risk is to exercise caution.

As the gravity of the COVID-19 virus has become clear, we are implementing precautionary measures above and beyond the standard procedures strictly to protect the health and safety of our patients and employees.

These procedures include:

  • Screening patients and visitors for fever, recent travel history, and signs or symptoms of infection prior to appointments
  • Pre-rising patients with Peridex, a medical grade mouthwash, for one minute at the start of appointments to reduce the salivary load of oral microbes
  • Implementing a strict hand washing rule upon arrival to the office
  • Thoroughly disinfecting the waiting room and treatment rooms after patient visits as well as high touch areas such as doorknobs and patient restrooms
  • Removing magazines from waiting areas
  • We will also allow patients to wait for appointments in the car after checking in. We will be happy to text you or come notify you when we are ready to begin treatment.

We ask that you:

  • Please travel to your appointments alone unless you require a driver. We will reschedule as needed if you must bring additional people to your visit.
  • Inform us if you are experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms, have an existing lung condition or immunodeficiency, or have traveled to Asia or Europe during the last month
  • Take advantage of hand washing and hand sanitizer at our office

As this situation evolves, we will continue to update our social media pages and website. We look forward to seeing you at your next appointment. Please do not hesitate to call our offices should you have any concerns, and our team will work diligently to address them.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jancy Parkerson & Dr. Daniel McGovern

 

Additional resources:

Coronavirus Information
https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/chest-lungs/Pages/2019-Novel-Coronavirus.aspx

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Distance and Online Learning Site
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Dw5_dZkykWpW5XawdL0TpTXTvmc6pAKyRJoH6z_ETHU/mobilebasic?

2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
https://www.healthychildren.org

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
https://www.cdc.gov

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