What We Are Doing
Your health and well-being has been and always will be of the utmost importance to us at Hermanson Orthodontics. We follow 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 closely 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 agency’s recommendations.
In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, we have instituted a number of additional protocols and infection control procedures to keep our patients and team safe. Please become familiar with the following protocols prior to visiting our office.
Before you come to your appointment, please consider the following screening questions…
- Are you (the patient) experiencing any of the following symptoms?
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of taste or smell
- Other flu-like symptoms, such as gastrointestinal upset, headache, or fatigue
- Have you been advised to self-quarantine because of exposure to someone with COVID-19?
- Are you over the age of 60?
- Do you have heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, diabetes, or any autoimmune disorders?
- Have you traveled outside the United States in the past 14 days?
- Have you traveled domestically within the United States by commercial airline, bus, or train within the past 14 days?
If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, please contact our office as it may be necessary to reschedule your visit to a later date. You will be screened by a member of our team upon arrival on the day of your appointment.
BEFORE you come to your appointment, please floss and brush your teeth thoroughly, as our tooth brushing station is not currently available to patients.
A member of our team will meet you at your vehicle to review the screening questions and to escort the patient into the office. Anyone entering the office will be asked to wear a mask. Please bring your own mask if you have one, and if not, one will be provided for you. One parent or guardian may accompany a younger patient to his or her appointment, but we respectfully ask others in attendance to remain in the vehicle to limit the number of persons within the office.
Upon entering the building, we will record the temperature of anyone in attendance and you will be asked to use hand sanitizer. You will notice that our waiting and reception areas no longer offer magazines or other reading materials since those items are difficult to disinfect. Our waiting room has been rearranged to allow for appropriate social distancing.
Appropriate infection control procedures and protocols will be followed to ensure safe delivery of patient care.
At the completion of the appointment, the patient will be escorted to his/her vehicle and a parent or guardian will be provided with an update on treatment progress.