Dear Parkview Pediatric Dentistry Families,
We received an email Monday evening (3/16/2020) from the American Dental Association stating that they are recommending all dental offices to postpone all non-emergent dental visits and cleanings to control the spread of the Coronavirus. Our practice was founded on the values that all children deserve the best possible care and we appreciate your understanding and patience as we determine the best way to keep your families, our team, and the greater population safe.
For now, Parkview Pediatric Dentistry will be rescheduling all elective dental care from Tuesday, March 17, 2020, until further notice, in an effort to flatten the curve and prevent the spread of this virus. If your child has a scheduled appointment during this time, we will be in touch to get your child rescheduled in the very near future. We are developing strategies to accommodate the future additional need and assure you our practice will expand times to accommodate all of your needs once it is safe for your children to be cared for in our office.
This decision was not made lightly, but necessary, in order to protect our patients, our team and our doctors. After reading updated recommendations by the CDC and OSHA we made our decision. Dental procedures generate a large number of droplets and aerosols. The latest advice is that our standard personal protective equipment is not effective enough to prevent the spread of the COVID-19, especially when patients are in the incubation period and are unaware they are infected. This is especially unique to our profession as children are being found to be asymptomatic carriers. This means that screening is no longer considered effective in capturing all who may be infected with the virus. Continuing to provide dental treatment and cleanings at this time is just not appropriate when trying to limit this virus.
OSHA has placed dental professionals in the “very high exposure risk” category regarding COVID-19. Current recommendations are that dentists and team members wear N95 masks for dental treatment during this pandemic. However, not only are these masks extremely difficult to obtain at this time, but most importantly, they need to be conserved for other professions that are at the forefront of fighting this virus.
If your child has a true dental emergency, there will always be a doctor to assist you. Please do NOT go to any Emergency Room, call our office (806) 796-2408 and a member of our staff will be available to assist you in getting your child seen.
Rest assured that we are reading scientific and government recommendations, talking with local colleagues, and taking direction from our national organizations. We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause, but it is imperative that as a community, we slow the spread of this virus, and that requires extreme measures. We are aiming to help flatten the curve by implementing this policy.
We remain committed to the safety of you and your family! We appreciate your understanding as we all try to navigate through this situation.
Stay Home, Stay Healthy, and wash your hands!
Dr. Dusty, Dr. Molly and Dr. Kyle