Beginning Monday, May 11, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) recommends:
“…oral health providers resume provision of routine oral and dental care [while] minimizing the risk of transmission of COVID-19.”
We at Creekside Dental are excited that we are now able to care for all our patients, especially those who have had to forego dental care, which may cause their oral health to deteriorate.
The IDPH’s Announcement states, in part, that “…there is a need for a plan to resume safe and routine oral and dental treatment as continued delay in the delivery of time-sensitive, disease treating, oral and dental care may result in an over-reliance on antibiotics and analgesics to manage oral health pathologies, patient complications, poorer prognoses, as well as the need for more complex and costly corrective oral and dental care.”
Toward ensuring everyone’s safety, we have increased our infection control protocols. Upon your next visit, you will notice:
- More plastic barriers
- Personal protective equipment (PPE)
- HEPA air purifiers in each treatment room.
We have also installed a central U.V. light air purifier. According to social distancing guidelines, we are managing the number of patients in our reception area.
“Oral health providers should continue to counsel their patients and communities on the primary prevention of oral disease to lessen the progression of pathologies.
To yield good procedural outcomes, oral health providers should consider their patient’s healthcare needs, assess the risks and benefits of any procedures, and appropriately screen patients for COVID-19.”
If you have questions or concerns, please contact us. We are here to support you during these times, and wish you good oral and overall health!