What are we doing to keep you and our community safe?\r\n\r\nThe health and safety of our patients and team members are of utmost importance to us. Here are the actions we have taken to provide the safest environment for you and our team:\r\n\r\n \tThorough sanitization of treatment rooms, equipment, and office area prior to every patient appointment.\r\n \tDaily health screenings for all patients & team members prior to entering our office.\r\n \tWe are encouraging patients to come by themselves whenever possible, and if it is an appointment for a child, we encourage only one parent to come.\r\n \tRestricting movement around the office during treatment & appointments.\r\n \tUse of Curbside Check-In to limit the number of people in the office at a time.\r\n \tUtilizing technology to reduce the amount of paper in the office.\r\n \tWe have enhanced our Personal Protective Equipment protocol.\r\n\r\nWhat to expect if you have an appointment in our office:\r\n\r\n \tWe've enabled curbside check-in! Watch for a text message 30 minutes prior to your appointment and reply C when you arrive to our parking lot. If you do not receive a text message, please call us to let us know you have arrived.\r\n \tWhen we are ready for you to enter the office, we will send you a text message to come in and finish checking in.\r\n \tPlease use the provided hand sanitizer upon entering the office.\r\n \tWe encourage you to wear a mask or face covering into the office.\r\n \tWe may be taking your temperature using a touchless thermometer and will ask you to fill out a short COVID-19 screening form.\r\n \tPlease practice social distancing when possible.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nTemporary Office Hours:\r\n\r\nAt this time, we have temporarily adjusted our patient care hours. These hours may be adjusted slightly on a daily basis to best suit our patient needs.\r\n\r\nPatient Care Hours: Monday- Friday from 8:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.\r\n\r\nPhone Hours: Mon-Thurs from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Friday from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCOVID-19 Update -\u00a0March 24, 2020: \r\n\r\nAs you have likely heard by now, on Monday, March 23 Governor Whitmer issued a Stay At Home Order for non-essential businesses to suspend operations until April 13.\r\n\r\nWe want you to know that dentistry\u00a0is\u00a0an essential healthcare service, and as such we will remain open to serve\u00a0emergencies\u00a0and\u00a0urgent dental care needs, as outlined by the American Dental Association. We will be postponing any elective or hygiene services until it has been deemed safe to resume.\r\n\r\nWhat constitutes a dental emergency or urgent dental care need?\u00a0 In summary, this would include:\r\n\r\n \tUncontrolled bleeding\r\n \tAbscess or infection resulting in swelling\r\n \tSevere dental pain\r\n \tPostoperative issues from a recent procedure\r\n \tBroken Teeth\r\n \tTrauma resulting in loose teeth\r\n \tDental treatment required prior to critical medical procedures\r\n\r\nFor a full report from the American Dental Association,\u00a0click here.\r\n\r\nIf you have an upcoming appointment we will either reach out to you to confirm your appointment or to reschedule to a later date.\u00a0 Our doctors are reviewing each patient currently scheduled for treatment to determine when you should be treated. If you are ill or have experienced symptoms of COVID-19 within the last 14 days, please contact us and we will be happy to reschedule when you are healthy.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nStay Home & Stay Safe With Teledentistry:\u00a0We offer telehealth services to manage emergencies while maintaining the recommended social distancing. If you aren\u2019t sure if your dental condition requires an in-person visit, please visit\u00a0I Need A Dentist Now.com\u00a0to make a teledentistry appointment with your dentist from your home! Dr. Schell also explains it in a\u00a0video here. If you think it would be useful to others, please share!\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThank you for your continued trust in our practice.\r\n\r\nCOVID-19 Update -\u00a0March 17, 2020:\r\n\r\nOn March 16, the American Dental Association made a recommendation that elective and preventative dental appointments be postponed.\r\n\r\nOur doctors are reviewing all patients currently scheduled in the coming days and we have been rescheduling non-urgent appointments for a later date. We have made the decision to remain open for anyone experiencing a dental emergency and treatment that could put you at risk for more urgent dental issues.\r\n\r\nIf you have a dental emergency or concern, we are still here for you! Please contact our office to schedule to avoid congesting urgent care and emergency rooms with dental emergencies. Our phones will continue to be staffed during normal business hours or you can reach us via email or Facebook.\r\n\r\nDid you know? We also offer telehealth services to manage emergencies while maintaining the recommended social distancing. If you aren\u2019t sure if your dental condition requires an in-person visit, please go to www.INeedADentistNow.com to make a teledentistry appointment with your dentist from your home!\r\n\r\nPlease know that we are committed to the health and safety of all of our patients and team members and are continuing to use CDC and OSHA guidelines to wear proper protective equipment as well as sterilizing instruments and equipment. We have also increased our cleaning measures in common areas. We do ask that if you are ill or experiencing any symptoms associated with COVID-19 to please reschedule your dental appointment.\r\n\r\nWe ask that you have patience with us as we do our part to \u201cflatten the curve\u201d and get through this together. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for future updates as information is changing by the hour.\r\n\r\nIn the meantime, wash your hands, brush and floss your teeth, and keep smiling!