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COVID-19 Updates

10/29/2020: WE ARE STILL OPEN! 

WE ARE HAPPY TO SAY WE ARE STILL OPEN AND SEEING PATIENTS FOR ROUTINE AND ELECTIVE PROCEDURES.  APPOINTMENT TIMES ARE STAGGERED SO THERE ARE NOT MANY PEOPLE IN THE WAITING AREA SIMULTANEOUSLY.  WE ASK FOR ALL PATIENTS TO ARRIVE WEARING THEIR MASK.  WE WILL CALL YOU THE DAY BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT TO REVIEW HOW TO ARRIVE TO YOUR APPOINTMENT, AND TO ASK YOU SOME COVID-19 SCREENING QUESTIONS.  WHEN YOU ARRIVE TO YOUR APPOINTMENT, WEARING YOUR MASK, WE WILL TAKE YOUR TEMPERATURE AND ASK YOU THE SAME COVID-19 SCREENING QUESTIONS AGAIN, TO CONFIRM YOU HAVE NOT DEVELOPED COVID-19 SYMPTOMS OVERNIGHT.  

FOR ADDITIONAL ASSURANCE FOR MAKING YOUR DENTAL APPOINTMENT DURING COVID-19 PLEASE READ THESE ARTICLES:

     https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/dental-care-concerns/covid-19-what-to-expect-when-your-dentists-office-reopens

     https://www.ada.org/en/press-room/news-releases/2020-archives/may/cdc-guidance-for-dental-settings-echoes-ada-guidance?utm_source=cpsorg&utm_medium=cpsalertbar&utm_content=ada-cdcstatement&utm_campaign=covid19


7/7/2020: WE ARE OPEN!! 

WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF RE-OPENING WITH NEW PROTOCOL DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.  WE ARE SEEING PATIENTS AGAIN, HOWEVER, WE ARE SEEING FEWER PATIENTS PER DAY THAN WE DID PRIOR TO THE PANDEMIC.  ALSO, THE AMOUNT OF TIME TO GREET EACH PATIENT OR TALK WITH THEM OVER THE PHONE SINCE THE PANDEMIC IS TAKING MUCH MORE TIME THAN IT DID PRIOR TO THE PANDEMIC.  DUE TO THIS, IF YOU CALL DURING NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS, AND WE DO NOT ANSWER, PLEASE KNOW WE ARE MOST LIKELY SPEAKING WITH ANOTHER PATIENT DIRECTLY OR ON THE OTHER PHONE LINE.  PLEASE LEAVE A MESSAGE AND WE WILL RETURN YOUR CALL.

PLEASE CALL TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT RIGHT AWAY!  WE ARE BOOKING VERY FAST DUE TO SEEING FEWER PATIENTS EACH DAY THAN BEFORE THE PANDEMIC, AND DUE TO THE FACT THAT OUR DEAR HYGIENIST, KARI, WILL NO LONGER BE A PART OF OUR TEAM.  WE ARE VERY SAD FOR HER TO LEAVE, BUT SUPPORT HER IN HER DECISION.  PLEASE GIVE US A CALL TO TO SCHEDULE RIGHT AWAY TO SAVE YOUR SPOT!  

5/15/2020: WE WILL BEGIN REOPENING MONDAY, MAY 18, 2020 AT 7:50AM!  PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT WE WILL BE SEEING FEWER PATIENTS PER DAY THAN OUR "NORMAL" FOR A FEW WEEKS DURING THIS TIME OF TRANSITION WITH THE RE-OPEN.  

PLEASE SEE THE FOLLOWING LINKS FOR INFORMATION FOR THE ISDS AND ADA: 

             https://www.isds.org/news-details/2020/05/09/new-guidance-for-reopening-dental-offices-around-the-state-to-more-than- emergency-services

             https://success.ada.org/en/practice-management/patients/covid-19-state-mandates-and-recommendations?utm_source=cpsorg&utm_medium=covid-cps-virus-lp&utm_content=state-mandates&utm_campaign=covid-19

5/11/2020: WE ARE STILL CLOSED. PLEASE SEE THE PREVIOUS POSTS. 

4/29/2020: PLEASE SEE THE LINKS BELOW FROM THE AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION (ADA) AND THE ILLINOIS STATE DENTAL SOCIETY (ISDS). NOTE THE ADA MAKES RECOMMENDATIONS, BUT ALSO SAYS TO FOLLOW YOUR STATE'S RECOMMENDATION.

              https://success.ada.org/en/practice-management/patients/covid-19-state-mandates-and-recommendations

              https://www.isds.org/member-center/covid-19-information

4/28/2020: CURRENTLY THE ILLINOIS STATE DENTAL SOCIETY (ISDS)(IN CHARGE OF THE DENTISTS FOR THE STATE OF IL) HAVE NOT MADE A MODIFICATION FROM THEIR PREVIOUS ANNOUNCEMENT MADE ON 4/1/2020.  SO THE ADVICE FROM THE ISDS REMAINS THE SAME: TO POSTPONE ALL NON-EMERGENCY DENTAL APPOINTMENTS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  PLEASE LEAVE A VOICEMAIL AT THE OFFICE AND SOMEONE WILL RETURN YOUR CALL, MOST LIKELY ON A LATER DATE.  WE WILL BE CHECKING THE VOICEMAIL ROUTINELY.  PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW FROM THE PREVIOUS DATES. 

4/7/2020: HERE IS A RECENT ARTICLE FROM THE NEWS GAZETTE: 

              https://www.news-gazette.com/coronavirus/coronavirus-response-patients-may-have-to-grin-bear-a-toothache/article_d3015293-9154-5343-b246-9554e99a8618.html?fbclid=IwAR3syJt3cdFodlyDIWiKdMD-JCMWaKERhZ1PBHaF11oSE3nKYnDdpaio95Q

4/1/2020: THE ILLINOIS STATE DENTAL SOCIETY (IN CHARGE OF ALL THE DENTISTS FOR THE STATE) HAS ANNOUNCED TO POSTPONE ALL NON-EMERGENCY DENTAL APPOINTMENTS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  PLEASE LEAVE A VOICEMAIL AT THE OFFICE AND SOMEONE WILL RETURN YOUR CALL, MOST LIKELY ON A LATER DATE.  WE WILL BE CHECKING THE VOICEMAIL ROUTINELY.  PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW. 

             https://www.isds.org/member-center/covid-19-information

             https://stage.ada.org/en/publications/ada-news/2020-archive/april/ada-urges-dentists-to-heed-april-30-interim-postponement-recommendation?_ga=2.135056689.14486695.1585769903-624416951.1582321953

             https://www.ada.org/en/press-room/news-releases/2020-archives/april/summary-of-ada-guidance-during-the-covid-19-crisis?utm_source=adaorg&utm_medium=adahomerotator&utm_content=interim-statement&utm_campaign=covid-19

          World Health Organization (WHO): https://www.who.int

          Centers for Disease Control (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov





3/24/2020: THE ISDS (FOR THE STATE) HAS AGREED WITH THE ADA (FOR THE NATION) THAT ALL NON-EMERGENCY DENTAL APPOINTMENTS BE POSTPONED UNTIL APRIL 8TH.  PREVIOUSLY, AS NOTED BELOW ON 3/20/2020, DENTAL WORK WAS POSTPONED UNTIL 3/31/2020 FOR ILLINOIS; IT HAS BEEN EXTENDED.  PLEASE LEAVE A VOICEMAIL AT THE OFFICE AND SOMEONE WILL RETURN YOUR CALL, MOST LIKELY ON A LATER DATE.  WE WILL BE CHECKING THE VOICEMAIL ROUTINELY.  PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW. 

Please check out these websites for the most recent information.  As we all know, the information changes minute by minute.  Please find the article with the most recent date.  Thank you!

https://www.ada.org/en/publications/ada-news/2020-archive/march/ada-recommending-dentists-postpone-elective-procedures

https://www.isds.org/news-details/2020/03/23/3.23.20-isds-revises-recommendation-after-governor-issues-shelter-in-place-order

          World Health Organization (WHO): https://www.who.int

          Centers for Disease Control (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov


3/20/2020: