Coronavirus – Covid-19 INFORMATION
Our goal is to provide a safe environment for our patients and staff, and to advance the safety of our local community. Our practice wants to ensure you are aware of the possible additional risks for contracting COVID-19 associated with dental and oral surgery care. Here are some of the things that you need to know about your appointment in our offices during time of COVID-19.
*We are limiting the number of patients / people in our offices. Unless you are under the age of 18, physically or mentally compromised, you will be asked to come to your appointment alone unless you are are having a procedure requiring IV sedation. If you feel that you need someone to accompany you to your appointment, please ask one of our patient coordinators and we will try to accommodate your request.
*You will be asked to either complete our new patient paperwork online or we will mail it out to you. We are keeping the number of patients in our waiting rooms to a minimum in order to maintain the proper social distancing. If there is not time to mail the paperwork and you are unable to complete the paperwork online, you will be asked to arrive to your appointment early, come in to get the paperwork and complete the paperwork in our car.
*You and anyone that accompanies you to your appointment must wear a face mask while in the office. Patients will remove their masks once they are escorted and seated in one of our exam rooms.
*You and anyone that accompanies you to your appointment will have their temperature checked by one of our clinical assistants upon arrival to our offices.
*You and anyone that accompanies you to your appointment will be asked a series of screening questions (attached) pertaining to possible exposure to or having COVID-19.
*You will be asked to read and sign (attached) a COVID-19 DENTAL/ORAL SURGERY TREATMENT NOTICE & ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RISK FORM upon arrival. In this form it explains the additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that the doctors, nurses and clinical assistants are wearing for your appointment(s) in order to make sure that you and they are safe during your treatment due to the coronavirus and the added risk for dental and oral surgery care. Due to the additional mandated PPE and the costs attached to acquiring it, we will be charging a PPE COVID fee of $15. If you have dental insurance, that will be billed to your insurance. If you do not have insurance, or if this charge is denied by your insurance, this cost will be billed to you.
Oral and maxillofacial surgery requires additional years of hospital-based surgical and anesthesia training after graduation from dental school. Dr. Queale, Dr. Buckley and Dr. Strayer, as oral and maxillofacial surgeons, manage a wide variety of problems relating to the mouth, teeth, and facial regions. Drs. Queale, Buckley and Strayer practice a full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery with expertise ranging from dental implant surgery and wisdom tooth removal to corrective jaw surgery. This also includes techniques designed to rebuild bone structure with minimal surgical intervention and optimal patient comfort. Our doctors can also diagnose and treat facial pain, facial injuries, and fractures.
Our staff is trained in assisting with Intravenous (IV) sedation and outpatient general anesthesia in our state-of-the-art office setting. Patients are continuously monitored during and after surgery.
The surgical staff at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Ltd. are experienced, certified oral and maxillofacial surgical assistants, who assist in the administration of IV sedation and surgery. We also have a trained registered nurse (RN) to assist in surgery. All staff are informed administrative personnel, well versed in health and insurance policies, and are CPR certified.