Important Information Regarding COVID-19
Starting Monday, May 18, 2020 the practice will re-open for all procedures EXCEPT dental hygiene (routine cleanings are not yet approved by the PA Dept of Health).
We will be using newly developed CDC and OSHA protocols that have resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic.
APPOINTMENT PREPARATION PROCEDURE Effective Thursday, 5/14/2020
We have adopted the latest Center of Disease Control (CDC) and Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines to keep our practice environment, patients, and staff free from contamination and infection with COVID-19 and other diseases.
Appointment Reminders Will Include A Mandatory Wellness Interview/Screening
You will receive a confirmation 24-48 hours prior to your appointment (through either phone call, email or text) which will include pre-screening questions to determine if you are free from COVID-19 symptoms. It is important that you read the entire appointment confirmation notice since important information about preparing for your upcoming appointment will be given to you.
DAY OF APPOINTMENT: Patient Preparation To Be Done Before Arriving To Office
Feeling Ill: If you awake with a cough, fever, chills, sore throat and /or other flu-like symptoms, please contact our office to reschedule your appointment at 717-845-6687.
Take Your Own Temperature: We ask that you take your temperature one (1) hour prior to your appointment even if you do not feel sick. If you have a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or more, you will need to reschedule.
Face Mask: Please bring a facemask to the appointment. We ask that you wear it when entering the office for check in, in the reception area, and during your check out. You will not be let into the office without a facemask.
Please Bring Your Own Eyeglasses, Sunglasses, or Safety Goggles: We ask that you wear a pair of glasses during treatment to protect your eyes from droplets.
Hand Sanitizing: Please wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before leaving your place of departure for your office appointment. We ask that you bring to the office your own hand sanitizer to clean your hands before your procedure and afterwards at check out.
Bring your own Pen: for filling out and signing patient forms.
UPON ARRIVAL: TEXT US WHEN YOU HAVE ARRIVED – REPLY TO THE REMINDER TEXT YOU RECEIVED FROM US
OR CALL 717-845-6687 if you do not use the texting appointment reminder service. This is to inform out staff you have arrived. You will receive instructions on when and how to enter our office. You will NOT be able to enter the building without having been cleared by our front desk staff.
Hygiene Visits: as of May 13, 2020 the PA Dept of Health is not allowing hygiene services to resume.
Routine Periodontal Care Alternating with Your General Dentist Visit:
If you have been regularly coming to our office for oral care along with visits to your general dentist, please call our office ASAP to get your visits with our office coordinated with your general dentist office visits.
Consultation with Dr. Siegelman:
Our patients are always welcome to talk with Dr. Siegelman about any oral healthcare concerns. This includes concerns about viral exposure risk. We want our patients to feel comfortable with receiving care in our office. If you would like to set up a time to speak with Dr. Siegelman, please contact our office or email Dr. Siegelman at [email protected]
OUR DEDICATION TO STRICT PATIENT SAFETY PROTOCOLS
As dedicated health care professionals, we want you to know that we remain as diligent as ever in protecting the health and safety of our patients and staff. Our practice strictly adheres to the recommended CDC, OSHA, ADA, US/PA Dept of Health standards for infection control by using personal protective gear (PPE), hospital-grade disinfectants, sterilization protocols, single-use disposable materials, properly disposing of hazardous waste, and more. Every effort we have in place is to ensure the safety of our patients and staff.
Symptoms of coronavirus are reported as flu-like, with varying degrees of severity. While we do not know everything about this virus to date, individuals who are elderly and/or immunocompromised appear to be the most at risk of a severe infection. To ensure your health and safety and our staff, and other patients, each patient is expected to comply with the protocols outlined above.
We thank you in advance and extend our gratitude for your understanding and cooperation during this unprecedented time. Together, we can help keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office, and one of our staff members will be more than happy to assist you.
Please view and share our latest COVID-19 Symptom Comparison Chart with your friends and family. For more information, including measures to keep yourself healthy, visit the following links:
- Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html
- Symptoms: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html
- Steps When Sick: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html
- WELLSPAN COVID-19 Hotline (855) 851-3641.