As a result of the COVID-19 mitigation protocols being extended across the country, our Governor Greg Abbott and our state dental associated organizations have made it very clear that dental offices must continue to be closed to patient treatment across the state, unless there is an emergency situation which may lead to a hospitalization if not cared for within the dental office, or if eating by the patient is too difficult. The current state Executive Order has extended this protocol through May 1, 2020. Details will become apparent at any day now; we are awaiting guidance form the state board of dental examiners.
Naturally, this impacts patients and dental offices in a huge way. This pandemic has led to the loss of business and loss of employment for many. This is due to the efforts that must be taken in communities to prevent the pandemic spread and to allow the hospital systems to efficiently and effectively care for those infected. We all must do our best to maintain the social distancing of six feet, to prevent gatherings of more than ten people, to wash our hands for at least twenty seconds many times daily, and to AVOID TOUCHING OUR FACES. Recently as well, the CDC recommends wearing a cloth mask when going to public places that are more crowded or where social distancing is more difficult.
If you suspect you are having symptoms of COVID-19 infection, the CDC has created a wonderful self-assessment tool to evaluate your signs and symptoms and to provide guidance on what to do. Testing is becoming more available; in the recent past the national government only wanted those with more moderate symptoms to obtain testing. Should you think you need a COVID-19 test, please call your medical provider; please do not show up at their office in order to prevent the spread of this infection either to you or to others.
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If you are interested in making an appointment, please follow this link, or we invite you to call us at (972) 250-2580. For much of each work day, we are maintaining an “Essential Critical Infrastructure workforce” in order to care for emergencies and to receive calls and manage appointments. We greatly anticipate being able to care for our dental family once again. We all will get through this.