To our Studebaker Ortho family: We are open and excited to see you starting on Monday, May 4th, 2020! Even though your treatment will remain the same, you may be wondering what precautions we are taking to ensure your safety. While our friendly team members and the appointment process may look a little different, don’t worry! We have always been on the front line of preventing the spread of diseases. Precautions have always included the use of masks, glasses, gloves, sterile instruments, and devices. You will now see additional precautions specific to the onset of COVID 19. From treatment and waiting room disinfection, to the strict use of personal protective equipment (PPE), the safety of patients and team members continues to be of utmost importance.
While your check-in may involve a few extra steps, this will help ensure the safety of you and our team. Signs will be in place in our parking lot with directions for you to follow. Upon your arrival, we ask that you stay in your car and text us. We will then text you back and let you or your child know when to come in for your appointment.
Due to the closure of schools, we know you will also be challenged with childcare limitations. It has been customary and natural to bring siblings, friends and other family members to appointments. We ask that only the patient enter the office, (if it is absolutely necessary that a family member enter the office, they must wear a face mask). Only scheduled patients will be allowed back in our treatment area.
If you or others accompanying you have a fever, cough or shortness of breath, we ask that you please let us know. We may have to re-schedule your appointment. We will be taking your temperature with a touchless thermometer as you enter the office, have you use hand sanitizer, and rinse with mouthwash before we see you. We ask that you brush your teeth before coming to your appointment. Brushing in the office will not be available for now.
Don’t worry, as always, we are here to answer any of your questions and to update you on your treatment. We are kindly asking our patients and families to assist us in reducing risk of exposure, so we may have the most effective sanitation procedures for the benefit of our patients, community and team. Rest assured, we will continue to follow any recommended precautions from the AAO (American Association of Orthodontists), OSHA, CDC and TDA (Texas Dental Association) to treat all orthodontic patients safely.
Dr. Studebaker and team members want to thank you sincerely for navigating through this unprecedented time with us, for keeping you, your family and our community safe, and for allowing us to be part of your smile transformation process. Thank you for keeping up with your hygiene, with wearing your elastics, and for all the calls and pictures you sent to update us on your treatment while in quarantine. We also appreciate your support and understanding for the multiple re-scheduled appointments. We are forever thankful and blessed to have such an amazing patient family! We look forward to seeing you soon!