February 18th, 2021
Due to the inclement weather, no power, no water and unsafe road conditions, Studebaker Orthodontics will be closed today, Wednesday, February 17, 2021. We will keep you posted on when we are back to the office and semi-functional. Please stay safe and if you need immediate assistance, text us at (281) 251-9229. Please follow us in our social medial platforms (Instagram, Facebook or Twitter) for latest updates.
Stay safe and warm!
As we navigate through this pandemic with diligence, social conscience and safe protocols to keep our patients, our team members and our community safe, it is imperative that we all do our part on keeping an open and honest flow of information. We have successfully placed protocols in place to tend to our patient’s orthodontic needs while keeping a safe environment for the last 7 weeks since we re-opened on May 4th. We have unfortunately had a team member test positive for COVID-19. Our team member was asked to stay home and we immediately re-scheduled all appointments for the rest of the day and the rest of the week. Also, any patient in contact with the employee the prior week was individually contacted and notified.
Contact tracing for the affected employee indicated that exposure to the virus was not at our office, which is highly unlikely due to our universal precautions, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) implementation and very strict sterilization and safety protocols. Her exposure was thru the spouse’s interaction with two co-workers that tested positive to COVID-19 the week prior.
Out of an abundance of caution, all our team members were rapid tested (SARS Antigen FIA rapid test) for COVID-19 on 6/24/20 at Davam Urgent Care Center. We are happy to report that all team members test results were negative for COVID-19. On the morning of 6/24/20 COIT Cleaning Services professionally cleaned, sanitized, and disinfected by means of wet sprays, surface wiping and fogging all surfaces.
The safety of our patients, our team members and our community is of utmost importance to us, and all the protocols we are taking are to ensure we do our part on containing the spread of the virus while providing the continuing care of our patients. We sincerely thank you for understanding the need to re-schedule appointments until we can ensure the safety of all. We also understand it can be cumbersome to delay some of your appointments, just rest assure that we do have your safety and health as our most important priority.
We will be back to our office on Monday, 6/29/2020. Our commitment to you is, and has always been, quality care in a safe, healthy and family-friendly environment, and as family, we will always have an open, honest and caring communication with our cherished patient family members.
Stay safe, be good, and smile always!
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!