Update for Our Patients About COVID-19
Dear Valued Patients:
As always, the health, safety and well-being of O’Niel Family Dentistry patients and employees is our top priority. While we continue to actively monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to assure you that we are working diligently to address the associated health risks and issues as they evolve, and provide our patients with the necessary oral care and treatment without putting them or our staff at risk.
Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order imposing temporary restrictions on non-essential medical and dental procedures. The Executive Order states that hospitals, freestanding surgical outpatient facilities, and dental facilities, and all state-operated outpatient facilities, must implement a plan to temporarily postpone all non-essential procedures until the termination of the COVID-19 state of emergency. Therefore, we will be limiting our appointments to emergency dental procedures only. With this in mind, we will be implementing the following measures effective immediately:
- We will only treat patients requiring emergency dental procedures. Please see below for an outline of the ADA guidelines for dental emergencies and urgent dental care.
- We will be postponing elective dental treatment and procedures.
If you are a patient with a routine checkup or cleaning scheduled, please expect to hear from us directly so we that can reschedule your appointment. Should you have a dental emergency, please call our office immediately. Additionally:
- If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever, cough and/or shortness of breath, please call your primary care physician for guidance.
- All infection control protocols and guidance will be observed, including the disinfection of public areas, operatories, and the use of personal protection equipment.
We will continue to share more information and updates as they become available, and we remain committed to ensuring your safety and good health in every way we can.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this challenging time.
The team at O’Niel Family Dentistry
Email: [email protected]
- Potentially life threatening and require immediate treatment to stop ongoing tissue bleeding, alleviate severe pain or infection and include:
- Uncontrolled bleeding
- Swelling of soft tissue that could compromise a patient’s airway
- Trauma involving facial bones, potentially compromising the patient’s airway
Urgent Dental Care
- Focuses on the management of conditions that require immediate attention to relieve severe pain and/or risk of infection and to alleviate the burden on hospital emergency departments.
- Severe dental pain
- Swelling of gum tissues around third molars that is causing pain
- Abscess or localized infection causing pain and swelling
- Tooth fracture resulting in pain or causing soft tissue trauma
- Dental trauma with tooth loss or movement
- Dental treatment required before critical medical procedures
- Final crown/bridge cementation if the temporary restoration is lost, broken or causing gum tissue irritation
- Extensive dental decay or defective restorations (fillings) causing pain
- Denture adjustments or repairs when function is impeded
- Replacing temporary filling on a root canal treated tooth if patient is experiencing pain