I am reminded of the expression: “It’s not the problems we face, it’s how we will face our problems.” We are certainly being challenged with this new coronavirus that can spin out of control without the proper guidelines and protocols. Every person and business must temper fear with reason, address panic with patience, and tackle uncertainty with education. Please take the time to get educated from the proper experts and don’t let fear take you captive.
In healthcare and within our own dental office, we have been practicing “barrier control” with CDC protocols and OSHA guidelines for decades to protect our patients and our workers from infectious agents. Please rest assured that our office is a safe haven, and we have taken extra precautions to reinforce our existing infection control methods and protect both our team and patients.
By understanding the facts today, we can move forward with renewed confidence tomorrow. The CDC and NIH are updating their guidelines daily and we will be following these closely.
If you have an upcoming appointment and any of the following applies to you, please call us at 803-534-2931:
- Have flu or cold-like symptoms, such as a cough and fever
- Newly developed shortness of breath
- Have recently traveled to an area outside the US with known coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Have been in contact with someone who has traveled in one of these areas or contracted the virus
We are unable to treat patients who present any of these symptoms and require a two-week waiting period if any of the above applies to your situation.
If the above does not apply to you, feel free and safe to come in and stay on top of your oral health, which as we all know is the gateway to overall health and a beautiful smile.
It is my prayer that we all remain healthy,calm and keep our eyes on the One who is in control. (Isaiah 26:3)
See you soon.
Dr. Michael E. Salley