As with other dental practices in Rochester, Contemporary Dentistry has been shut down in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand that this means many patients with non-emergency dental care needs had appointments pushed back.
Since reopening on June 1, we are working hard to get all our patients back into our office. However, between the months-long backlog and the additional safety procedures we have implemented (more on these in a moment, or you can listen to them here), it will likely take us a while to get caught up. If you are one of the people waiting for an appointment, we know it might be tempting to try to get a sooner appointment elsewhere. If you have an urgent need, please contact us and we will try to expedite your appointment. But if you are just waiting for routine care, there are many reasons why it’s worth it to wait for your appointment at our office.
Safety Measures above and beyond
At Contemporary Dentistry, we are going above and beyond the recommendations of the CDC and the American Dental Association for ensuring the safety of our patients. Here are some of the safety measures we have implemented in our office.
We have a new air purifying system in our office. This filters out particles in the air, trapping and killing airborne viruses. In addition, we make sure there are fewer particles in the air thanks to our intraoral aerosol removing devices, which keep most aerosol particles from leaving patients’ mouths during treatment. This helps our office stay cleaner, though we also clean regularly with nontoxic sanitizers.
We also instituted a full cleaning of the water lines in our office, removing any potential trace of viruses that might have been introduced. And we make sure there are no new additions thanks to a new water purification system that cleans the water in each of our operatories.
Changes in our procedures help you maintain social distancing from other patients. Instead of sitting in the waiting room, you will wait outside the office until the operatory is ready for you and then you will go directly to the treatment room with no lingering in common areas.
Quick questionnaires and temperature measurements also help us make sure that people exposed to the novel coronavirus or showing COVID-19 symptoms do not enter the office.