Your Step by Step Guide to a Distanced Dental Appointment
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Even though we can’t see your smile under that mask, it’s still important to keep up on your dental appointments. We want all our patients to understand what to expect – and just how safe it is to come to our office. 

We have been taking patients since May 1 when we reopened, and we wanted to share what your fellow patients have to say about the experience – 

Even with rave reviews like that, we understand that some of you have questions or hesitation about making your appointment. Today, we’re sharing what you can expect as a patient when you arrive at your next appointment. We continue to follow all precautions outlined by the CDC and the American Dental Association to ensure the safety of our staff and our wonderful patients who need routine or restorative dental care.

According to the CDC, “the virus that causes COVID-19, is thought to be spread primarily through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.” Therefore we are taking all the recommended precautions to serve our patients best, including social distancing practices, checking temperatures, ensuring no one enters that shows signs of the virus and supplying our staff with personal protective equipment. We’ve outlined below what you can expect when you arrive at Midlothian Dental Center.

Arrive To Your Dental Appointment Early

Due to the nature of these new practices, we recommend that you arrive 10-15 minutes early. 

Call After You Park & Remain In Your Vehicle

Remain in your vehicle. Call our office to let the staff know that you have arrived.

Wear Your Mask

After you’ve called our office to let the staff know that you are here, someone will be out to confirm that you do not have a fever. It is required that you wear a mask when entering and leaving the facility. Note that for the general population, fever is measured as a temperature of 100.4˚F or greater.

Walk In With Staff Directly To Dental Chair

There will be no visit to the front desk or waiting room in order to follow social distancing recommendations. Before you arrive at the dental chair, every surface is thoroughly cleaned, and anything the patient touches is wiped down with disinfectants. This includes everything from the plastic on the overhead light, to the buttons controlling the chair.

Meet Your Dentist, In Full PPE Gear

We use medical-grade gloves and masks for PPE, as well as the same gowns and safety glasses that are used in hospitals.

Possible Use of Dental Dam

We will use a dental dam for restorative appointments, which is a non-latex sheet. This is used one time only, and helps to isolate the mouth and throat from the room to prevent exposure. Typically we use dental dams 10-15 percent of patients – now, we will use them for all restorative appointments.

While expectations of the experience at our office are new, we’re still making sure you get the dental care you need.

To schedule an appointment, please give us a call at 804-794-4588. 

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