The Coronavirus has impacted everyone’s daily routine and created an element of uncertainty. Unfortunately, tooth pain doesn’t go away during these times and we highly recommend that you address the situation sooner rather than later, so it doesn’t become a more complex issue. Tooth pain can be unbearable. You can’t see it, it doesn’t go away on its own and you can’t massage it like a muscle knot. But tooth pain can be an indicator of a serious problem that requires immediate attention from a dentist. Most toothaches are the result of tooth decay or advanced gum disease. The pain you feel – usually when you eat or drink something sweet, very hot or very cold – is an alarm bell telling you that the tissues and nerves inside your tooth are irritated. The Coronavirus, as well as other viruses, thrive in the oral and nasal cavities. We can’t stress enough the importance of at-home oral care, especially at this time.
We want you to know that South Coast Metro Dentistry is safe, as we follow the guidelines provided to us by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) and are constantly monitoring these agencies for updates and changes. We have made additions to the practice for your safety:
Implementation of HEPA air filters throughout the office to keep everyone safe from potentially harmful aerosols
Use of advanced extraoral HEPA vacuum suction systems to capture potential harmful aerosols
Strict adherence to all CDC and OSHA guidance on sterilization and disinfection protocols
Social distancing by managing your time in the office and total numbers of patients at any given time
We ask all patients to wear facial covering when entering the office
When scheduling your visit, we will be asking several screening questions and again when you arrive
We will be taking your temperature upon your arrival
You will be able to wait in your car and we will text you when it is time for your appointment
We will have hand sanitizer available throughout the office
If you have outstanding dental treatment that has been delayed, we want to get you in right away to prevent further worsening of your oral health. In addition, in order to maximize your insurance benefits for 2020, we need to schedule your appointment right away. Any remaining benefits not utilized this year will be lost.
Our team is ready to help you "Find Your Smile, Brighten Your World".