COVID-19 Updates

                                                   5/7/2020

First, let me say we hope all of you are doing well and staying safe during these trying times.   We’ve missed you and we’re eager to see you!

Our office temporarily closed during the COVID-19 pandemic but we’re working to reopen by June 1, and are paying close attention to guidance from the CDC, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), the American Dental Association, and the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners.  These guidelines ask dental practices to see fewer patients and to reduce “traffic flow” in our offices. This means we will be changing, temporarily, some of the ways we do things in our office. 

We’ll be wearing masks! We also ask that all patients wear a mask when they come for their appointments. 

New office configuration: Our waiting room and our tooth-brushing area will be temporarily closed.  We’ve added large “sneeze guards” at the front desk, and will be using only some of the dental chairs in our office. We ask patients to brush their teeth before coming to the office. 

Staying healthy and social distancing:  We will screen patients by phone before their appointments and when they arrive at the office.  We will also ask adult patients and parents of minor children to sign or confirm via email a short form confirming the screening, along with an updated Informed Consent based on an AAO form. We will take each patient’s temperature with a touch-free thermometer before any treatment begins.

We will also reduce the number of patients in the office at the same time.   We will ask adult patients and parents of our child patients to call us when they arrive in the parking lot, and ask parents to remain in their car during their child’s visit. For small children, we will send a staff member out to the vehicle to escort your child into the treatment area.  As soon as we have completed the patient’s appointment, we will escort the younger patients back to the vehicle in the parking lot. If you anticipate any problem with this procedure, please let us know when you schedule your appointment.  Scheduling future appointments and making payments can be done via phone before or after the appointment.

Getting braces on will - temporarily - be easier than getting them off.    Recently announced guidelines, including from the CDC and AAO, indicate the benefits of limiting “Aerosol Generating Procedures.” In an orthodontic setting, that includes the use of air-driven handpieces and air/water syringes that we ordinarily use to polish off the glue after we remove braces.  We will discuss available options with each individual patient concerning when/how to remove traditional braces.

Please be patient. This will take time. Keep in mind that we want to do the absolute best thing for every single patient. 

As before, feel free to call me on my cell (214-502-1207) with any questions. If you just want to talk to someone that you have not been spending quality time with for the last two months, you can call me.   Stay safe, Stay sane.

The office of Dr. Ohlenforst

  • The office of Dr. Ohlenforst - 3200 N. O’Connor Rd., Irving, TX 75062 Phone: (972) 257-3200 Fax: (972) 252-1324

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