COVID-19 Information Update
May 25, 2020
Greetings Parry Sound Family Dentistry Patients!
I am sure you are all wondering where your dentist has gone and when you can next see her to maintain your optimal oral health. I, Dr. Lin Raimundo, am missing all your smiling faces and cannot wait to be able to see you again for routine care as I am sure all of Ontario dentists are. On Friday, May 22nd, 2020, all Ontario dentists received some directions on how to safely re-open in the face of risk associated with COVID-19. Ontario dentists are governed by the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario and can not fully re-open without their consent. At this time, all dentists can only provide emergency and urgent care for our regular dental patients. Surprisingly, to myself and many other Ontario dentists, dental cleanings and restorations are not deemed essential at this point. Please be reassured that I feel it is very important to maintain one’s oral health to have overall optimal systemic health. For some of you it is vital that you are seen for three-month cleanings. Please continue to do your part as best as you can by brushing for 2 minutes at least twice daily and floss daily. Oral hygiene is especially important for those of you with underlying health conditions such as diabetes. Ontario dentists are currently advocating for your health and working to get our doors re-opened by the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO). Ontario dentists want to get back to work and meet your oral health needs.
In anticipation of the mandate that allows us to return to work, I have made some changes to our practice. One of the major concerns is that dental health care providers must work in proximity closer than 2m and depending on the procedure, we will generate an aerosol. This raises a concern that coronavirus or any other infectious disease could be transmitted to others by an infected patient. Please be assured that your dentist, and all Ontario dentists, have always worked in the face of infectious disease (for example SARS and HIV) and have always upheld the most stringent of infection control protocols. In addition to our already high level of infection control at Parry Sound Family Dentistry, we have implemented changes to increase your comfort level upon our much-anticipated return to routine dentistry. I have reviewed a few of the changes that I think would be most reassuring to you. There will be a COVID-19 screening process for patients. This will entail COVID-19 screening questions over the phone prior, a COVID-19 questionnaire and consent form at the office upon arrival. As well, your temperature will be taken and recorded. We will be limiting the number of patients allowed within the building at any one time. Upon entry to the facility, you will notice a beautiful glass barrier for the reception area and markers on the ground to assist with physical distancing. Whenever possible, an iPad will be used as opposed to paper forms. Only children or infirm patients may be accompanied back to operatories.
Please be confident that your safety will come first with respect to aerosol generating procedures. If you need to undergo an aerosol generating procedure such as having a filling placed, you will notice that your dentist and assistant will be dressed in gowns, with face shields and an N95 respirator. I know this may be quite different for you, but it is still the Parry Sound Family Dentistry health care leaders that you know and love under all this protective equipment. In the case of tooth preparations, a dental dam will be used as research shows that there are minimal chances of any airborne contamination (Harrel, et al, JADA:2004 135:429-437). Please note that not all procedures will require the same level of personal protective equipment.
We have also made significant changes to our office environmental controls. We have upgraded the air ventilation and filtration system (HVAC) available throughout the office. We are proud to announce that each of our 3 HVAC systems has been upgraded to HEPA level filtration coupled with UV light sterilization systems that will allow the air to be sanitized on a continual basis. In addition to this, surgical operatories are enclosed with doors and additional HEPA/UV air sanitation systems that will clean the operatories air 50 times an hour.
Thanks for your patience. We will get through this together. I look forward to the day when RCDSO allows Ontario dentists to return to all aspects of their profession and provide you with much needed regular care for all your dental needs.
Lin Raimundo, DDS
April 21, 2020
We miss you!
We know it is a difficult and challenging time for all of us and hope that you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy. We want to reassure you that your safety is of our utmost concern and we will continue to be following best practice for infection control when we do re-open.
As always if you are an existing patient and have a dental emergency you may contact Dr Raimundo at (705) 746-1809.
When the government restrictions are lifted we will be here and ready to serve you. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
Dear Parry Sound Family Dentistry Patients,
These are unprecedented times; we sincerely hope that every member of our family of patients is safe and healthy. Please be sure to practice physical distancing whenever possible; coupled with frequent and thorough hand washing, it is the best defense against becoming infected with COVID-19.
At Parry Sound Family Dentistry, your oral care is our number one priority and if you or your family member has a dental emergency, we are here for you.
What constitutes a dental emergency? A true emergency includes:
- Trauma – an injury to the mouth and face
- Severe infection, such as an abscess or swelling
- Bleeding that continues for a long time
- Dental pain that can’t be managed by over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol or Advil
If you have an emergency, please call Dr. Raimundo on her personal cell phone at 705 746-1809, so we can actively address your needs. Please keep in mind that regular Ontario Dental Association fees apply.
Furthermore, we will be reaching out to reschedule all your routine visits once normal operations resume. Please assume any pre-booked appointments in April have been cancelled automatically.
For your safety and peace of mind, please know that our practice undertakes professional infection prevention and control measures. We strongly believe that with enough protective measures in place, a dental practice represents a safe and low-risk environment for our patients. We encourage you to take a look at this link regarding the most up to date and necessary recommendations on COVID-19 prevention here: https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Raimundo and her staff send a special thank you to the first responders that are working hard to keep us safe and healthy. We keenly recognize our shared obligation and duty to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health and wellbeing of our patients, staff and the broader community. We wish you well and again remind everyone to adhere to the safety protocols outlined by the Parry Sound Health Unit.