Now that our offices have reopened, Dr. David Moore wants to take time to explain what parents should expect when taking their children to the pediatric dentist during the days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether you’re taking your child to their usual dentist or looking to find a new pediatric dentist to bring them to, it’s important to know how dental practices are operating throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.
Pediatric Dental Visit Protocols During COVID-19
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, pediatric dentist visits are changing and there are even more steps in place to keep you and your children safe when coming in.
Cleaning and Sanitation
Charlotte Pediatric Dentistry, and all of our North Carolina office locations, have always been committed to operating in a clean and healthy environment. Staff members are staying on the ball with frequent hand washing, as well as using hand sanitizer between each patient. In an effort to keep patients safe, you can expect the waiting room seating areas, door handles, tables, and other surfaces to be sanitized. Every clinical room will be sanitized completely with medical grade disinfectant wipes between each patient, including door knobs, chairs, and equipment.
Before The Appointment
One of the most important things to remember is to not bring your children in to the pediatric dentist if they are experiencing cold or flu symptoms. This goes for parents as well. If you or your child are not feeling well, contact your pediatric dentist office and ask to reschedule your appointment at a later date when everyone is healthy.
You should also confirm the pediatric dentist office has the correct patient and dental insurance information. If anything needs to be updated, do this prior to the appointment to save time waiting in the lobby and interacting with extra staff.
Plan ahead to only have one parent or family member per patient. This includes finding arrangements for siblings without appointments if you would like to go back with your child who has the appointment. Any child who does not have an appointment may be asked to wait in their car with a parent.
At The Appointment
Upon arrival at Charlotte Pediatric Dentistry, you and your child will have your temperatures taken. Those with a temperature of 100.4 or higher will be asked to reschedule their appointment. Parents and children over the age of two are asked to wear masks or face coverings, as well as sanitize their hands.
All incoming and outgoing patients should remain 6-10 feet apart while in the waiting room. The number of people who can access our reception and clinical seating areas will be limited and if these areas are occupied, you may be asked to return to your car and await a text notification to come back in.
Contact Dr. David Moore
If you have more questions about bringing your child to the pediatric dentist while in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, reach out to Dr. David Moore at Charlotte Pediatric Dentistry.