The following information is prepared for our families who, understandably, may have questions related to the oral health care of their children. During the COVID-19 pandemic, your safety and well-being are our top priority. We hope this guidance is helpful to ensure that you feel informed and safe.
How has the COVID pandemic impacted pediatric dentistry and will it be safe to schedule an appointment?
At Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, our main concern is to keep our patients and their loved ones safe and healthy. Rigorous implementations are happening at our office. Daily updates according to the recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), CAL-OSHA, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in addition to guidance from state and local governments. We will be updating you on these changes prior to your appointment. You will also notice adjustments to our check-in process and facility when you visit.
Yes! Our office (and we!) may look a little bit different when you visit, but please be reassured that this is to keep everyone safe and healthy. We kindly ask that each of you wear a mask before entering the office. Click here for more information about masks.
Kids will always be messy. At our pediatric dental office, we have always known this and have worked hard to reduce the spread of germs in our office. During this pandemic, we have stepped up our cleaning practices along with our personal protective equipment to keep our patients and our team safe.
We will continue to follow social distancing recommendations and also ask that you let us know if you or your child have been sick recently. Please complete the “prescreening form” prior to each visit
We will also ask that you sanitize your hands before entering our office, and for your own safety, sanitize them after you leave. As always, it is important to remember that our greatest concern is to keep everyone involved healthy before, during and after the visit.
As a parent during these uncertain times, how can I best prepare my child for a pediatric dental visit?
- Our top priority is keeping everyone safe and healthy. If your child or you is not feeling well or has had a fe- ver in the 24 hours before your visit, please stay home and re-schedule your appointment.
- You can expect a pre-screening call the day before your appointment, and everyone will likely have their temperature checked when they arrive.
- Please wear a mask to cover your nose and mouth and please sanitize your and your children’s hands before and after visiting our office.
- Let your child know that even though the office, pediatric dentist and team may look a bit different, we are still the same inside. We continue to provide the highest quality of care possible while keeping your child safe and comfortable during the dental visit.
Is it really necessary to bring my child in for his/her regular cleaning appointments? Couldn’t I wait another 3 or 6 months?
- Now more than ever, we want our families to know that dental care for children is a medical necessity. It is also important to keep up healthy habits at home.
- We appreciate and understand our parents’ concerns about the risks involved with resuming health care. If you have any questions at all about your child’s need for a check up, please call or e-mail us to we can discuss your concerns.
If you have any concerns, we would love for you to share your feedback with us. During these challenging times, we want to communicate with our families often to ensure they are feeling safe and getting their questions answered.