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Dental Hygiene students working on a patient

We are following the guidelines for return to practice published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC Guidance For Dental Practices), the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department (T-PCHD), and the Washington State Department of Health (WA DOH).

We have made several changes to our facility to meet environmental recommendations, including Surgical Air Purifying Units, extension of walls between dental chairs for more privacy, and our practice process to minimize risk to our patients, students, and employees.

Part of these changes include implementation of a robust screening process. Below are the questions you will be asked each time we see or call you for your appointment.

Questions to Expect Upon Arrival or Calling for an Appointment

Exposure Questions

  • Have you traveled out of the country (USA) or to any non-contiguous Washington states within the last 14 days?
  • Have you been in close contact with anyone who has traveled to any of those areas within the last 14 days?
  • Have you had close contact with or cared for someone diagnosed with or pending test results of COVID-19 within the last 14 days?

Wellness Question

  • Do you have, or have had in the past 48 hours, any of the following new symptoms?
    Fever or Chills, Cough, Shortness of Breath or Difficulty Breathing, Fatigue, Muscle or Body Aches, New Loss of Taste, New Loss of Smell, Sore Throat, Congestion, Runny Nose, Headache, Diarrhea, Nausea, or Vomiting.

If you answer yes to one of the questions, or we identify that you are exhibiting symptoms of a respiratory infection, you may be rescheduled until you are symptom free, or it has been over 14 days since you traveled out of the area. You are welcome to get COVID tested, at your own expense, in order to reschedule you sooner. We will evaluate each situation individually and follow the current Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and/or the Department of Health for treatment of patients in a dental clinic. Our clinic will not treat known or suspected COVID patients.

Additional Practice Process Changes

In addition to our standard infection control processes, we are implementing recommendations provided by the American Dental Association (ADA), based on the current Center for Disease Control guidelines for COVID-19.

This includes staggering the entrance and exiting of patients, waiting in your car until your appointment time, arriving with a mask on (one will be provided if you do not have one), hand sanitizing upon entrance, taking your temperature, and washing your hands prior to being dismissed.