Dear Patients, Parents, and Friends:
As you all know, the world is experiencing a pandemic and the United States is no exception. You are all aware of the concerns and the attempts to effectively contain coronavirus (COVID-19).
Following the recommendations from the American Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontists, and most recently the White House Coronovirus task force member Dr. Deborah Brix, our office will be temporarily closed until further notice, except for emergency procedures to protect our patients, staff and do our part in the community to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you need to reach me directly you can email [email protected]
, text 708-888-0808 or call the emergency number (on the office voicemail)
During the Coronavirus Health Precautions, we are implementing measures to reduce the risk of infection for our orthodontic patients, family, and staff. In addition to our thorough disinfection and sterilization procedures, we are frequently disinfecting our reception area, brushing area, and bathrooms.
To allow for social distancing in our reception room, only one parent should accompany a child patient for their appointment. Please do not bring siblings or friends to the appointment during this Coronavirus Health Precautions time. No family or friend can accompany the patient in the treatment area. If you prefer to wait in your car for your appointment, please give your cell phone number to our front desk team and we will call you at the end of the appointment. Additionally, our orthodontic assistants will be happy to escort your child to your car if you prefer.If you have a fever (or anyone in your household) please call our office to reschedule your appointment. Thank you for your understanding and help during this unique time. Our first priority is always the safety and health of our patients and staff.
Here is an overview of the CDC’s latest travel recommendations:
Anyone who has traveled to Level 3 Travel Health Notice Countries (China, Iran, Italy, South Korea) is to stay home for 14 days from the time they left a Level 3 Travel Health Notice Country and practice social distancing.Take these steps to monitor your health and practice social distancing:
1. Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also, watch for a cough or trouble breathing.
2. Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school for this 14-day period. Discuss your work situation with your employer before returning to work.
3. Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during the time you are practicing social distancing.
4. Avoid crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) and limit your activities in public.
5. Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).
6. If you have a doctor’s appointment notify the office if you have any symptoms – acute respiratory illness (e.g. fever, cough, sore throat, recent difficulty breathing), or have recently traveled internationally, especially to currently identified Level 3 Travel Health Notice Countries. Your appointment will be canceled unless it is an acute emergency.What to do if you get sick:
If you get sick with a fever (100.4F/38C or higher), cough, or have trouble breathing:
– Seek medical care. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room.
– Tell your doctor about your recent travel and your symptoms.
– Avoid contact with others.
If you need to seek medical care for other reasons, call ahead to your doctor and tell them about recent travel to Level 3 Travel Health Notice Country.
As new information emerges, we will continue to update you with the latest changes. Again, we ask that should you be experiencing any symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, or recent difficulty breathing, please reschedule your appointment until you are feeling better (at least two weeks after your symptoms subside). Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter. We will keep you updated as we get more information from our professional associations and CDC.
We do miss you. God willing these stressful and uncertain times will be behind us soon.
Be Safe! Dr. Othman and Team.