To our patients:
We at the Oral Facial Surgical Institute prioritize patient safety as we all deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. For the last 2 months, in doing our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we had to cancel elective surgical procedures and have only been treating patients with emergent and urgent surgical needs. It appears that our mitigating efforts have flattened the curve, as our numbers in the Saint Louis area have been favorable. We now have a judicious plan to restart elective procedures on May 18th, 2020. Our plan is designed to protect you and our community while providing exemplary surgical care.
1) Our waiting areas have adequate seating that take social distancing into account. 2) We ask that you wear a mask to your appointment. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you. 3) Temperatures will be taken at your appointment and you will be asked about COVID-19 symptoms/potential exposures. We ask that if you develop fever, chills, muscle aches, shortness of breath, diarrhea, loss of taste/smell or have been in close contact with someone displaying these symptoms prior to your appointment, please call our office as we will need to reschedule your appointment. 4) All surgical rooms and non-surgical areas are disinfected with agents proven to be toxic to the virus in between patients. 5) All non-surgical staff wears masks in the office. 6) All procedures are performed with our surgeons and assisting surgical staff wearing personal protective equipment (e.g.-gowns, face shields, and N95 masks). 7) Escorts of patients requiring treatment with general anesthesia may be required to wait in the car if our designated seating areas exceed 10 people. You will be contacted via cell phone when the procedure is over and the patient is ready to be escorted out. 8) In person follow up appointments will be limited for patients that have major surgery and minor surgical patients will be scheduled on an as needed basis. Most patients will fall into the category of only requiring a
televisit follow up appointment. Patients that have any concerns postoperatively will be seen in the office if necessary.
We thank you for your patience during these unprecedented times. We understand that this appears to be an ever-evolving dilemma. As a practice we are committed to keeping up with and implementing the current guidelines established by the Center for Disease Control, the American Dental Association, the Missouri Dental Board and the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. As we get back to resuming a normal surgical schedule, please know that your safety remains our highest priority while ensuring that you receive quality surgical care.