As all of you have likely heard by now, an executive order in Oregon is mandating that all dental offices cease non-urgent care for our patients until June 15, 2020, at the earliest. Since this situation has been changing so rapidly, we decided to wait on issuing a statement until we felt confident that the order would not be changing anytime soon. The main reasons for the order are to preserve personal protective equipment for those on the front lines of this battle and to limit close interpersonal contact and generation of aerosols created during dental treatment.
Though our office is closed, Diane is still manning the phone lines from home, and we are available for on-call urgent or emergency services. What qualifies as urgent or emergency care? The American Dental Association has issued guidelines that boil down to severe swelling, severe pain, and tissue trauma. If you have any questions, please call our office at (503) 246-8447, and we will do what we can to help. If it is a procedure our office is not set up to manage, we will get you in touch with one of the fabulous specialists we work with.
During this time, it is more important than ever to maintain or step-up your home care routine. Since we are unable to provide maintenance care in our office, your diligence at home will carry the biggest impact on your tooth and gum health over the coming months.
Though we are counting down the days until we get to see you all again, we strongly support our community’s commitment to keeping each other healthy and doing what we can to bring this unusual time to an end. Take care of each other, and let’s do what we can to see the good and beauty in the world during this time of crisis.
Dr. Ben and Dr. Amanda