Our office has always utilized personal protective equipment (PPE) that has exceeded all the CDC guidelines; however, in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic we have instituted additional guidelines and protocols to ensure your safety. You will see many changes, as we have new ways of scheduling your appointments and managing your financial transactions.
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First, you will be contacted 48-72 hours prior to your appointment via phone, text or email and asked a set of health-related questions. If you reply “YES” to any of these 6 questions, please contact our office to reschedule your appointment at least 14 days later. On the day of the appointment, you will be asked to complete this form again on your mobile device, if available. There will be paper forms as well, which can be complete manually. We will have to reschedule your appointment if we are unable to complete this step. Your estimated financial responsibility could also be discussed on the phone prior to your appointment, if you choose to do so. It will help you facilitate your check out process after your dental appointment by eliminating your contact to additional surfaces.
Below is a list of some of the enhanced precautions we have taken to protect you in addition to extensive team training on infection control and patient management procedures.
As one of your health care providers, we are cautious about the way the COVID 19 Pandemic recommendations are being interpreted. We are aware that the information we are all being constantly bombarded with through the multitudes of experts and scientific conclusions is at best ever-changing and consistently confusing. The one thing the world seems to agree upon is, everyone should limit their exposure to others as much as possible.
Our goal at Dental Partners of Boston is to support your need to protect yourself as much as possible. Historically, a visit to our practice may have involved interacting with multiple team members in a short period. We recognize that we must put new systems in place to help you feel you have some control over who you interact with during your appointment.
We cannot suddenly turn our back on the way we have taken care of our patients. Teaming with you has also meant we meet and collaborate to develop the best course of treatment. We have reviewed all our interaction to identify where we could use today’s technology to effectively communicate without physically being with you.
We believe it will be in Teledentistry and have concluded the way you will experience your routine dental hygiene visit is undoubtedly where we can make adjustments to reduce your exposure.
Wearing masks, self-quarantining and practicing safe distancing is solid advice, but it also presents many challenges. For a considerable segment of the population, visiting the dental office often brings high anxiety and a feeling of not being in control.
During your visit with the hygienist, they will now document all diagnostic data to share with your dentist later. This could include radiographs, photos, or scans of your mouth. You will not need additional time during this appointment to accomplish this because your hygienist will use the time that previously was set into the appointment length for the dentist exam.
Your dentist historically did an exam sometime during your hygiene appointment. You should now plan not to see your dentist during that visit. Before you leave, your hygienist will schedule two future appointments; a recall, which would be in two, three, or six months, and a periodic examination with your dentist, which will take place via Teledentistry. This consultation visit will be scheduled at your convenience within a week or two.
For your added protection, we can now offer to keep your credit card information in a secured system called The Vault, which is an encrypted system that stores your credit card information. If you have signed up for this program, you can eliminate stopping by the desk. With your authorization we will charge your account and electronically send your receipt to you. Please contact our office for further information regarding The Vault.
Although Teledentistry is a different approach from the way we practiced dentistry before, we believe it is the future of dentistry, and we look forward to enhancing the way you experience dental care at Dental Partners of Boston.
We are looking forward to seeing you back soon. We really appreciate your trust!
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