Emergency Dentistry Was Our Specialty Long Before Coronavirus
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has asked dentists in Minnesota, who have the ability, experience and adequate facilities to safely manage and administer Emergency Dentistry, to continue providing urgent dental care to patients during the stay-at-home executive order covering the dates of March 27 – May 4. Emergency Dental Care has been deemed an essential service and dentists are asked to refrain from providing non-urgent non-essential treatment to patients until at least May 4, 2020. It is with great pride and a sense of duty to our community and our state that we have chosen to remain open at our Hopkins location during this global health crisis to provide emergency dental services to those needy patients in our community.
What is Shamblott Family Dentistry doing to keep its patients and staff safe during the Covid-19 outbreak?
Universal Precautions Keep Us All Safe
Not a lot has changed with regard to how we go about our business at Shamblott Family Dentistry. We continue taking universal precautions. This means that we assume two things: every patient has something we don’t want to be exposed to and/or that we have something to which we don’t want to expose our patients. To that end, we ALWAYS follow CDC, MDH, and OSHA guidelines.
Personal Protective Equipment
We use personal protective equipment (PPE) with every patient, every time. We use PPE to protect the health providers from infection and to prevent the spread of infection from patient to patient. These precautions also prevent the spread of infection from providers to patients.
Special Precations for COVID-19
Emergency Dental Treatments Only – During this crisis, by executive order of the Governor of the State of Minnesota and following the guidance of the Minnesota Board of Dentistry and the Minnesota Department of Health, we are only providing emergency dental care to treat pain and infection
Limiting Risk to Our Staff and Other Patients – Because we are in a unique position to be able to treat Emergency Dental Patients during this outbreak, it is important that we do all we can to mitigate the risk of infection to our staff, patients and community. We understand that the community needs us to stay open because of our expertise, so we are limiting ourselves to only treating healthy people. We are carefully screening patients in advance by phone and again on arrival for COVID-19 symptoms and risk factors.
Social Distancing – We continue to enact safer social distancing measures – To minimize the number of patients in our office and in the waiting room at any one time if the office is too busy, some patients may be asked to wait in their cars until it is safe for us to move them through our office to one of our treatment rooms. Because we have a large office, we are better able to keep patients away from each other than most smaller dental offices; especially during normal times.
Staggered Appointments – We are staggering appointment times more than usual to maintain space between patients and allow more time for cleaning and disinfecting all surfaces.
Extra Sterilization and Disposal Steps – We are using CaviWipes™ (virucidal, bactericidal, fungicidal and tuberculocidal, non-woven, disinfecting towelettes, pre-saturated with CaviCide™), to sterilize doors, counters, iPads and any surface that a patient might come within six feet of contact during their visit to our office. We use medical-grade sterilization products containing a strong solution of Diisobutylphenoxyethoxyethyldimethylbenzyl ammonium chloride, Isopropanol, Ethylene Glycol Monobutyl Ether (2-Butoxyethanol) and Water. We also ask patients to take home the pen they use to sign documents so that each patient has a fresh, sterilized pen. Everything in the office that it is possible for a patient or staff member to come in contact with is either disposed of or is sterilized between patients.
Dr. Shamblott Actually Wrote the Book on How to Choose an Emergency Dentist
It is important for the safety, well-being and piece-of-mind of our patients during these uncertain times that they have confidence in their health care providers. Fortunately, Dr. Scott Shamblott is one of the most experienced emergency dentist in Minnesota. For 18 years Dr. Shamblott has been at the forefront of serving emergency and urgent dental patients, including those with high anxiety and fear of the dentist. In fact, He has written two books on dental care: