Our Newport Beach Dentist is Open | COVID-19
For the past several weeks, dentists throughout Newport Beach, CA and the greater United States have had to close their doors for most services because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even the offices that were able to get access to PPE were only legally allowed to provide emergency services related to urgent health needs. Everything from your routine fillings to dental cleanings had to be delayed.
Under the guidance of the ADA, CDC, and California Dental Association, our Newport Beach dentist office is now able to re-open for traditional business hours and provide routine oral health care. Although we’re still here for your 24/7 emergency needs, you’ll be glad to know that you can now book your preventative, cosmetic, and restorative appointments since our state has been successful in “flattening the curve.”
All of that being said, there are still a few changes we’ll have in the beginning to ensure the transition is safe and smooth for everyone involved. These guidelines are likely to continue changing on a daily basis, as directed by the ADA, CDC, and government health officials. You might expect things like:
Checking in Via Phone
Pull up, park, and call our office to let us know that you’ve arrived. In the meantime, sit back and relax. As soon as everything is ready for you, one of our staff will meet you at the door to escort you directly to the clinical area. This process helps minimize third-party contact with other patients or guests in our office. And as always, we’ll be sure to keep the number of people onsite to a minimum.
Please Don’t Bring Guests
To protect our patients, staff, and their family members, we ask that you come to your appointment alone. Exceptions include examples such as parents or guardians who need to accompany a minor child, or if you’re having a sedation dentistry procedure completed (where you will require a driver to take you home.) For the time being, we ask that no other guests accompany you to the practice.
One of the reasons California dentist’s offices were closed for so long during COVID-19, was to ensure that area hospitals and emergency rooms had access to the proper personal protective equipment (PPE). Due to the high demand, there were supply shortages and dentists even donated their supplies to local physicians. As these supplies have become available again, it’s made it possible for dental practitioners to re-open their offices for routine procedures.
Depending on the setup of the dental office, more of the staff are wearing PPE, including team members that are not in clinical areas (such as front desk receptionists or treatment coordinators.) This is simply to reduce the potential for exposure on everyone’s behalf.
We ask that you alert our office if you’ve recently traveled, had a fever, experienced symptoms of coronavirus, or been around anyone who has. Additionally, we may need to take each guest’s temperature upon arrival, just to ensure everyone’s safety. This also includes our staff. Please rest assured that our Newport Beach dentist office is doing everything that we can to slow the spread. If you’ve had a fever or other flu-like symptoms, we ask that you self-quarantine for two weeks and then reschedule your appointment for a later date.
Adjusting Scheduled Appointments
If you have a currently scheduled appointment, we will be contacting you directly to confirm your reserved procedure time. Additionally, if you’re due for a regular checkup but the appointment had to be canceled during the COVID-19 closures, we will be in touch to get you rescheduled as soon as possible. If you don’t hear from us, please feel free to reach out directly. During this gradual re-opening phase, it may be necessary to see fewer patients each day — depending on regulatory recommendations — and slowly increase it to what our typical schedule was prior to the pandemic. Rest assured that Dr. Yazdan and our practice management team have been in constant communication to monitor all health and state requirements to keep you and our team as healthy as possible.
Infection control has always been one of our top priorities. In the past, every patient room was thoroughly disinfected between each use and all instruments properly sterilized. Now, we’re stepping it up even further, frequently disinfecting everything from doorknobs and reception chairs to the check-in counter throughout the day. We’ve also removed “touchable” items such as magazines, books, or other surfaces that could potentially be handled by multiple people. To assist in our efforts, we might also ask you to use hand sanitizer or wash your hands upon arrival.
At The Center For Restorative & Cosmetic Dentistry we’re committed not just to the oral health of our patients, but to enhanced overall wellness. Call today for quality dental care in Newport Beach.
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