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Coronavirus Notice

Important Notice About Coronaviris and COVID-19

To Our Patients:

**UPDATE** 3/27/2020

Based on new guidance from the CDC and ADA, we will only be accepting patients in need of emergency dental procedures at this time. Per the new guidelines, emergency procedures are those that specifically address oral pain and/or oral infection management. Please visit the ADA website for more details on what is considered a dental emergency. All other non-emergency procedures, such as routine, elective, or cosmetic procedures are deemed non-essential and will be postponed until further notice.

If you experience any flu-like symptoms, have traveled by air or sea in the last 2 weeks, have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 and/or are medically compromised (high-risk to contract virus), please call our office to reschedule.

Please do not bring siblings, friends, or relatives who do not have a scheduled appointment. Only scheduled patients/guardian will be allowed in the treatment and common areas.

Last, upon arrival for your appointment, we are asking all patients to immediately wash their hands and perform a 1-minute swish with a half hydrogen peroxide and half water rinse.

**ORIGINAL NOTICE**

As your dental care provider, we value and are committed to your health as well as the health of your family. We also understand that you have concerns about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, which was classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11, 2020.

At all times, we prioritize optimal health, safety and infection control, and during this outbreak we are continuing to do so with special vigilance and focus. We are closely monitoring the evolving situation, carefully following the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and taking specific measures to protect you, your family, our employees and the communities we serve.

As nonessential businesses in Nevada close for 30 day in accordance to orders from Governor Steve Sisolak, our dental office will remain open. Based on recommendations from the American Dental Association (ADA), we will be prioritizing dental emergencies until further notice. Nonemergency or elective procedures can still be scheduled but may need to be rescheduled if a dental emergency needs immediate attention. We thank everyone for their understanding as we try to navigate these uncertain times.

As things change, we will adjust our policies and practices to respond appropriately to new developments. At the same time, we intend to keep you informed about best infection-control practices and what you need to know to keep yourself and your loved one safe.

How can you limit your exposure to the virus?

The best way to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is to avoid being exposed to the virus, which is at this time thought spread mainly person-to-person. How do you do that?

  • If soap and water or not available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Maintain Social Distancing between others (about six feet apart)
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Cover your mouth and nose if you cough or sneeze (and immediately wash or sanitize your hands)

What should you do if you're sick?

  • Stay home except to get medical care, avoid public areas, transportation, events, etc.
  • If you are around or caring for others, wear a facemask (M95)
  • Cover coughs and sneezes, wash/sanitize hands and clean and disinfect all high-touch surfaces daily
  • Monitor symptoms, seek prompt medical care if symptoms worsen
  • Call your doctor before seeking care, including for appointments scheduled for other reasons
  • Call 911 if you have a medical emergency

Rest assured that we are taking this outbreak and our responsibility as your trusted provider seriously. We will continue evaluating developments and taking appropriate actions to reduce exposure and keep you up-to-date.

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