Should You Go to the Dentist During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

The COVID-19 pandemic has shattered preconceived notions of what is normal. As California struggles to contain the spread of the coronavirus and enacts safety measures, it can be difficult to know what is safe and what you should avoid. This is true across the health care and dental scene as well. 

Even before COVID-19, health and safety concerns were paramount at American Dental Clinic in San Diego. Dr. Emmanuel Aguilar and our talented team have enacted even more sterile containment protocols to keep our staff and patients safe. 

Knowledge is power, so let’s take a look at what we know about COVID-19 and how you can still receive the quality dental treatments you need. 

What are the basics of COVID-19?

Each day, scientists and researchers discover more about this troublesome and agile virus, but there’s still much we do not know. We do know that COVID-19:  

This is why sanitizing surfaces and frequently washing your hands are essential to protect yourself and others. And it’s also why social distancing at least 6 feet away from others helps eliminate some risk.

What if I need dental care during COVID-19?

The American Dental Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued guidelines for medical and dental practices to help us provide safe and effective care to patients during the pandemic. 

The State of California and San Diego County have likewise issued directives to help businesses slow the spread of the coronavirus. We at American Dental Clinic follow all of these directives and precautions to ensure your safety.

At this time, closure orders do not affect dental practices. Anyone needing urgent dental care may receive such care at American Dental Clinic. We have enacted some new practices and guidelines to keep you and our staff safe while meeting your needs. 

If you or someone in your family is sick, please reschedule your dental appointment for a later date. If you have a fever over 100 degrees, we ask that you reschedule your appointment. 

Do not bring family or guests with you to your dental appointment. Small children may be accompanied by one parent. We are also implementing new protocols for waiting, which we will share with you when you arrive. 

Everyone in our building must wear a mask unless actually receiving dental treatments. We will instruct you on when to remove and replace your mask as needed. We have also removed frequently touched objects from our waiting area, like magazines, books, and toys. 

You will also notice new signage that promotes hand hygiene, cough etiquette, and other means of keeping yourself and others safe. 

Call us for available appointment openings and information about your dental needs. You may also ask more questions about our safety protocols for COVID-19. Online booking is also available.

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