May 7, 2020

The following steps are being taken to improve safety for our patient families and team members:

  • SCREENINGS:  We will be performing pre-appointment and same-day wellness screenings. Appointments may need to be rescheduled based on the answers provided.
  • UPON ARRIVAL:  
    • We ask that your family send us a text (or call) and remain in your car.
    • A same-day wellness screening will be conducted via telephone.
  • TO ENCOURAGE SOCIAL DISTANCING:
    • Only one non-patient will be allowed to accompany the patient in the clinic.
    • Children over the age of 6 years are encouraged to come back on their own.
    • There is limited seating in the wait/reception area. We ask that individuals not receiving care wait/reception in the car for the entirety of the appointment.
    • Appointment schedule will be adjusted to minimize the number of people in the clinic at one time.
  • MASKS: 
    • All patients over the age of 2 and accompanying adults entering the clinic will be asked to wear a mask.
    • Due to the current shortage of surgical masks, we ask that you bring your own mask.
    • The mask is to be worn at all times in the clinic, unless actively receiving dental care.
  • UPON ENTRY: All patients and accompanying adults will be required to utilize hand-sanitizer or wash their hands for 20 seconds. Temperatures will be checked with a touchless forehead scan. Those with a temperature >100.0° F will be referred to their physician.
  • SEATING:  
    • Patients and accompanying adults will be seated at least 6 feet apart in clinic and in the reception area.
    • Our reception area and clinic will remain free of magazines and toys. The arcade game will not be available for use.  Please bring whatever your child may require.
    • Frequently touched common surfaces to be wiped down at the start of each hour.
  • AEROSOL GENERATING PROCEDURES: will be minimized or isolated to closed rooms.
  • HIGH RISK: 
    • Patients with special health care needs who have increased risk for morbidity if they contract COVID-19 will be postponed or may be scheduled first in the morning to ensure as clean of a clinic environment as possible.
    • Family members who are considered at high risk of COVID-19 are encouraged not to come into the clinic for appointments.
    • If it is known a patient is positive for COVID-19 and they have a dental emergency, the patient will be referred to Seattle Children’s Hospital.
  • TEAM:  At the start of the day, temperature checks and wellness screenings will be conducted for all team members. 
  • OTHER:  
    • All staff and patients will be listed on daily logs. If any individual tests positive within 14 days of the appointment, these will be easily accessible for contact tracing.
    • Teledentistry will be considered as an option when appropriate.