Important Information Regarding COVID-19
Last Update: December 4, 2020
We are closely monitoring the evolving Coronavirus situation and are modifying our protocols and procedures in an effort to maximize patient safety and minimize the chance for viral exposure or transmission. In addition to our normally practiced universal contact precautions (e.g. disinfecting rooms between patient appointments, washing hands with soap/water, gloves and mask use, etc.) we have now implemented the following:
- All patients will be screened via telephone or text for symptoms of cough, fever and respiratory systems (such as shortness of breath) as well as travel to and/or contact with any person who has traveled outside United States with in the past 14 days.
- Consultation patients:
- for patients 18 and under: only one parent/guardian will be allowed in the consultation room
- For all other patients: no one will be allowed in the consultation room unless a family member is necessary to facilitate accurate health history gathering
- Surgical patients:
- For all surgical appointments, only the patient will be allowed in the surgical room
- Patient escort will be limited to a maximum of one person per patient. Only one person should accompany the patient to their appointment. Any additional persons or family members will be asked to wait in the car
- Hand sanitizer will be available for all patients to use at the time of checking in for their appointment
- We practice social distancing in our waiting room (6 feet spacing). We will limit persons and traffic in the waiting room by asking each patient to wait in the car until notified that their exam room is ready.
- In an effort to decrease potentially contaminated surfaces, all magazines and other touch items have been removed from my waiting room.
- We will be screening patients in the waiting room with a temporal thermometer. Any patient whose temperature is in excess of 99.6 F will be rescheduled. Emergency and urgent patients will be seen on an individually determined basis
- All patients being examined or treated at our office will be given a mouth rinse consisting of hydrogen peroxide and mouthwash – the Coronavirus is susceptible to oxidative stress and rinsing with hydrogen peroxide is believed to decrease viral transmission
- OMSNETX employees are being asked to self-screen and stay home if they develop symptoms
VERY IMPORTANT: if you are experiencing a dental emergency and you are also exhibiting symptoms associated with a possible viral infection, please call our office first and we will advise you on the next steps for treatment.
We will post updates on our Facebook and Instagram pages in order to facilitate transmission of accurate and timely information. Please follow us at OMS of Northeast Texas on both Facebook and Instagram. Our commitment remains to continue providing the highest level of care to our patients and to be a safe harbor for our community members with urgent dental needs even in these extraordinary circumstances. Take care of yourselves and be safe out there!
Kirby Bunel, DDS
Jacob Duke, DDS
Zachary Legan, DDS, MD
Mary Laura Hastings, DDS
Matthew Burks, DDS, MD
For further information, including measures to keep yourself healthy, visit the following links:
- Prevention: View CDC Guidelines
- Symptoms: View Information from the CDC
- Steps When Sick: View the Steps