A message from Dr. Redwantz
I hope this finds you and your family doing well. I am happy to say that my staff, my family, and myself have weathered the COVID 19 pandemic very well to date.
As you know, dentistry in the State of Michigan has been limited to emergency care since Governor Whitmer issued the State of Emergency. Recently, we were informed that we could return to treating patients for routine and non-emergent care as of May 29, 2020.
Our community has been through a lot over the past few months and we are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. You will see some changes in protocols at our office, but we know you will be understanding and work with us to keep you and our staff safe.
Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice, and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it is both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.
Our office follows 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 so that we are up to date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued.
Here are some changes you will see at your next appointment:
• Only patients with scheduled appointments will be permitted into the office. No walk ins will be allowed. Minor patients are permitted to bring ONE parent/guardian with them.
• Patients will be pre-screened over the phone prior to their scheduled appointment. They will also be re-screened at the time of their appointment and temperature recorded. Patient’s with a temperature of 100.4 or higher or showing other signs of COVID 19 will be asked to leave and reschedule a minimum of 14 days from their original appointment date.
• Patients will be asked to sanitize their hands upon entry of the building. We have hand sanitizer placed throughout the office for you to use as needed.
• Our waiting area has been redesigned for better social distancing. You may be asked to call our office before coming in and wait in your vehicle until we are prepared to see you.
• Appointments are being structured to accommodate new social distancing recommendations and infection control protocols. That might mean that you are offered fewer options for scheduling your appointments.
• Our treatment rooms have been modified to remove aerosols generated by our dental equipment.
• We have purchased new low speed polishing handpieces that generate less aerosols.
• Our staff will be wearing newer Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that includes face shields.
We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you and every patient, safe in our practice.
Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and are excited to see our patients, neighbors, and friends again.
Dr. Scott Redwantz and Team
Caseville Family Dentistry