CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 HEALTH AND SAFETY UPDATE

From Dr. Thomas and Your Dental Team,
The health and safety of our patients, our team, and the community we serve are our top priorities. Our mission is to continue to demonstrate our commitment to the health and safety of our patients.

As the number of coronavirus cases in Alabama continues to grow and due to the growing concerns of limiting the COVID-19 exposure under the new guidelines from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Dental Association (ADA), and the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) as well as the Stay At Home order from the Governor effective March 28, 2020, our office is now closed until April 30, 2020 (pending any future recommendations and new guidelines).

Effective March 19, 2020, we have been following the recommendations from the CDC, ADA, and the ADPH regarding patients experiencing a dental emergency. This change on scheduling continues to be an effort to assist in following the social distancing guidelines:

  • If you currently have an appointment for routine dental care or a non-emergency visit, we will contact you soon to reschedule.
  • If you are an existing patient and need emergency dental treatment, please call our office at 334-260-7757 to be seen during our operating hours for emergency patients.

Your health and safety as well as our team are always our top priorities. In addition to the standard hygiene and universal protocols established by the CDC, ADA, and OSHA, which we diligently follow even in normal times, we will continue to implement infection control procedures that meet or exceed the CDC’s requirements in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In compliance with the CDC, we are encouraging everyone to protect yourself, your family, and our community by:

  • Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are also effective if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throwing the tissue in the trash. Wash your hands afterwards.
  • Staying home when you are sick. If you have a fever and develop symptoms such as a cough and difficulty breathing, please call your medical doctor for advice before going to the office.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Getting plenty of rest, drinking plenty of fluids, eating healthily, exercising, and managing your stress.
  • Reading additional guidelines from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention website at CDC.gov.

Our goal is to continue to provide premium dentistry and exceptional care. We appreciate the trust you place in our dental team. We pray for the continued health and strength of everyone and look forward to seeing you soon!

Sincerely,

Katrice L. Thomas, D.M.D. and Your Dental Team