We understand concerns you may have surrounding the COVID-19 situation.
During this time, we are still under recommendations by Maine's Governor Mills and national organizations to refrain from seeing patients for regularly scheduled appointments until at least Tuesday April 7.
As soon as we are able to determine with more accuracy, we will be calling patients to reschedule any appointments they missed due to our closure. Of course, we are still available for emergencies if you are in pain or need immediate attention. In such a case please call the office 207.236.4356 which give the afterhours number 339-788-5844. Please leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible.
In keeping with the Maine Center for Disease Control we urge you to "practice good hand hygiene, cover coughs and sneezes, and stay home if you are sick. If you are concerned that you have been exposed to COVID-19, call your health care provider, who will determine whether you should be tested". Additionally, we encourage people to practice social distancing which means keeping 6 feet physical distance from others to avoid virus spread.
What can we expect moving forward?
Based on the information available we anticipate COVID-19 will be with us for some time, but that we will eventually be able to start seeing patient's again soon. There is talk of healthy or low risk individuals returning to normal activities first when appropriate.
-We will be pre-screening all individuals who enter the office in addition to regular health history updates by having you answer questions to minimize risk to you and your family. This will entail asking if you have or have had
- Shortness of breath
- Traveled high risk areas in the last two weeks
- Are infected with COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone who is.
Please call and reschedule ahead of time if you do answer "yes" to any of the above to help us slow the spread of COVID-19.
-We will be encouraging social distancing.
-Adults and teenagers when possible will be asked to come in the office alone, and children with only one adult where practical.
-Hand sanitizer available for patients to disinfect their hands upon coming in the office.
-As always, we will continue to provide the industry's best practices with respect to infection control. Our staff attends annual training to stay current with techniques. Our sterilization room has equipment regularly tested, and our universal infection control procedures are always in place at the highest levels to keep you safe and healthy.
-We will continue with our vigilant disinfection practices of all surfaces we normally come in contact within the office multiples times a day. This includes all door handles, and light switches.
-We practice strict hygiene above and beyond the standard of care for a healthcare facility, and we take your safety seriously.
We will keep up updated of any changes and how they will affect you moving forward. Let us know if you have any questions. We wish you and your family good health as we endure together.
Maine Coast Orthodontics Team
Kirk Round, DMD