Dear Island Coast Dentistry patients,
We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety. Governor DeSantis will be lifting his ban on elective procedures on May 4th instead of May 8th as was previously stated. It is with an abundance of caution for our patients and staff that we have decided to continue seeing emergency patients only during the week of May 4th and will resume elective procedures on May 11th. The health and safety of our patients is our top priority and we must move forward in a slow methodical manner to ensure your well-being.
Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice, and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are designed so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to inform you of the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.
Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.
You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:
- Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. • We ask that if you have an 8am appointment to wait in your vehicle until we call you in for your appointment, and that if you have an appointment later in the day to come into the office at your exact appointment time to minimize your wait time in the reception area.
- Please wear a mask, scarf, or face covering to your appointment.
- Your temperature will be taken when you first enter the office.
- You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines or books since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
- Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
- We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.
We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.
Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.
Dr. Skupny and Team