As of May 1, 2020, Texas Dentists have been given the green light to open up our practices and start treating more than just emergencies.
Many have asked when I will reopen my practice. As much as I would love to be in the office treating patients at this moment, I am shooting for the last week of May for a few reasons.
- The new COVID-19 Dental Practice Guidelines are beyond any requirements we’ve ever had before. The demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) has surpassed supply. Although I have had several orders placed for weeks now, most (if not all) PPE is on back-order.
- In response to COVID-19, we have increased safety measures for our dental team and for our patients. This means answering all questions on a COVID-19 prescreening questionnaire, staying in your car until we are ready to seat you for treatment, using a prerinse before any treatment, having your temperature taken with a contactless infrared thermometer when you enter the building. Under the current guidelines, Shivani and Raquel can only use hand-scalers when cleaning your teeth. This means we will have to modify our scheduling systems to accommodate the increased time these appointments will take.
- Our new office (4758 McArdle Rd; Suite 104) is almost move-in ready. We were already packed up and nearly ready to move when Governor Abbott reopened dental offices. There are several moving parts to our move including new equipment which must be installed by the dental equipment company’s install team. Due to COVID-19, several employees are staying home. This has slowed down our move but has not stopped it altogether.
All that to say, so long as we have proper PPE to keep ourselves and our patients safe from potential transmission of COVID-19, so long as our patients are understanding of new guidelines and safety measures, and so long as we are all moved in without any further hiccups, we will begin seeing patients May 26, 2020 at 4758 McArdle Rd, Suite 104. Sonya and Diana will be contacting patients to schedule on a case-by-case basis. Of course, if you have a dental emergency, please call our office at 361-855-7171.
Sarah Pitarra, DDS