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March 3, 2020

Coronavirus Safety & Practice Updates

Coronavirus-safety

UPDATE May 4, 2020:

We’re thrilled to announce that South Gables Dental has reopened.

Infection control has always been a top priority for South Gables Dental and you may have noticed this during your previous visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. During the closure we have further refined our infection control procedures to include the new recommendations due to the COVID-19 pandemic per the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA). We follow the recommendations of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to ensure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

New Patient Safety Measures
To ensure the safety of both our patients and our staff, South Gables Dental has implemented new safety measures:

  • Staff temperatures are taken daily.
  • Patients experiencing a fever, cough or shortness of breath, who have been in contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 or have been quarantined or treated for COVID-19, flu or another communicable disease, should schedule his or her appointment at least two weeks from the last symptom and/or until cleared by a qualified medical professional.
  • We’ll screen patients for illness at the time of scheduling and upon arrival for the appointment. Any patient exhibiting signs of illness may not be seen that day.
  • Upon arrival to the parking lot, patients should call the office (305-665-1263). When the office is ready to see the patient, a dental representative will call the patient to enter the office.
  • Patients and anyone accompanying a patient should wear masks.
  • We’ll take the temperature of each patient and anyone who accompanies the patient upon arrival to the office.
  • Patients will wash their hands with antibacterial soap and rinse their mouth with an antibacterial solution before the dental appointment begins.
  • Aides or others accompanying a patient must wait in their car or outside the office.
  • Patients who arrive late may not be seen that day.

We hope that you understand that all of the new procedures have been implemented to assure the safety of both our patients and our staff. We’ll review infection control measures regularly to ensure compliance with the most current recommendations. We’ll keep this COVID-19 webpage updated with any changes.

 

UPDATE May 1, 2020:

Good news! South Gables Dental will open on Monday, May 4! Per Florida Governor’s Executive Order 20-112, dental offices in Miami-Dade county may resume elective procedures if the office has adequate PPE, and fortunately South Gables Dental does. During the closure we have further refined our infection control procedures to include the new recommendations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have been closely following the updated recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Dental Association and governmental authorities regarding coronavirus (COVID-19).

Please call 305-665-1263 to schedule your appointment.

UPDATE:

We have been closely following the updated recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Dental Association and governmental authorities regarding coronavirus (COVID-19). To protect the safety of our patients, our staff and the entire community, South Gables Dental has decided to limit office hours until Friday, May 8, 2020. We will keep you informed if the date changes depending on the then-current recommendations.

Delay Regular Care

We suggest that patients scheduled to visit our office for regular hygiene appointments, teeth whitening, Botox/fillers, Invisalign and other elective or cosmetic procedures reschedule after the re-opening date. If you have an appointment, someone on our staff will call you to determine the need to reschedule. There will be no cancellation or rescheduling fees during this time.

Emergency Dental Care Available

Regardless of coronavirus, social distancing or other restrictions, we do not want our patients or others to experience pain, so South Gables Dental is open for dental emergencies and select procedures, including fillings, one-visit porcelain crowns, root canals and extractions for broken or painful teeth. Not sure if you have a dental emergency? Find more information on our website.

We are happy to see new patients with emergencies during this time.

If you have a dental emergency, please call our main number 305-665-1263 which will be forwarded to a member of our staff. We will also check emails sent to info@southgablesdental.com.

COVID-19 Safety at South Gables Dental

There’s no doubt that the continued spread of COVID-19, or novel coronavirus, requires that rigorous safety precautions continue to be a necessity, as they are each day and each flu season.

We want to assure our patients and the community that South Gables Dental takes every necessary precaution to keep both our patients and staff safe on a daily basis, and we’re staying up to date on all of the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding COVID-19.

Each day we follow universal precautions for any transmissible disease including HIV, hepatitis and tuberculosis. We have the latest barrier controls, sterilization techniques and equipment. Following our standard protocol, we should have no risk of either transmitting or being infected by the coronavirus. 

Follow Basic Safety Precautions

Each year when flu season starts, we’re reminded of the basic safety precautions to follow to keep ourselves, our families and our communities as safe as possible. These same preventative measures can help us stay as safe from the novel coronavirus. Always remember:

  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water regularly and for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the restroom, before eating or after sneezing, blowing your nose or coughing
  • As much as possible, avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth
  • If you’re not feeling well, stay home and isolate yourself as much as possible
  • Regularly clean objects that you touch frequently
  • Read the full list of preventative measures from the CDC

If You are Worried About COVID-19 or Coronavirus

We now know that individuals may be at risk even if they haven’t traveled to China or any of the other countries that experienced large outbreaks earlier. If you feel you’re at risk, please visit the CDC website and follow the appropriate steps to keep you, your family and the community healthy.

In Conclusion: COVID-19 Safety

In conclusion, please do not panic. Remain vigilant about your personal hygiene and precautionary safety measures to keep you, your family and our entire community safe. At South Gables Dental we follow universal precautions for any transmissible disease and your safety is our utmost concern.

We’re seeing new patients, so you can contact us to schedule an appointment for all of your Coral Gables or Miami dentist needs.

I’m Dr. Lawrence Lesperance, a Coral Gables dentist who specializes in preventative dentistry, general dentistry services, and cosmetic dentistry services. My team and I provide personalized dental services for the whole family and offer Invisalign treatment, implant dentistry, periodontic services and botox treatments (for TMJ and migraines and cosmetic botox) and much more. Contact us to experience the South Gables Dental difference today!

South Gables Dental has reopened! Call 305-665-1263 to schedule your appointment. Learn more about COVID-19 safety precautions by clicking the link to the right.

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