May 4th Update
Message from Dr. Hawkins:
Hello! First of all, I want to say THANK YOU to all of our patients for your patience during this time where Ohio was helping to slow the spread of COVID-19. I am so happy that we are able to re-open Hawkins Dentistry and our team is excited to welcome all of our patients back! However, with the reopening, comes a tremendous responsibility to keep you and my team as safe and comfortable as possible while providing oral health care. We’ve spent most of this week preparing for opening utilizing guidance and recommendations from the ADA, CDC, OSHA, and the Ohio State Dental Board.
Safety has always been of paramount importance and many things won’t change, but as I’m sure you’re accustomed to, you’ll see some changes to support social distancing efforts. For example, we have made physical changes in the facility and spaced out appointment times. You will be informed of other changes and procedures we need you to follow when we confirm your appointment. Please don’t be surprised if we take your temperature and have you rinse before we begin your appointment. Trust that we are all doing the same during our workday to protect you.
You are all familiar with the term PPE by now and we were able to acquire all the protective equipment we need. We may look a little goofy, but trust it’s the same familiar faces under there. There are behind the scene changes too, including expanding our housekeeping services with advanced disinfecting techniques and equipment after hours which make me more comfortable in our brand-new office.
There are risks with anything, including moving forward with your dental care and they must be weighed with the risk of ignoring health care needs. Ultimately, it is your decision. If you’d like to delay treatment at this time, I respect your decision. Every situation is unique and has different risks and consequences. If you’d like me to discuss your decision with you, please don’t hesitate to call me. Personally, I’m encouraged about the very low numbers of cases, hospitalizations, and zero deaths in our county, as of this time, in addition to our track record of infection control in the past and the changes we’ve made to protect us all moving forward.
Again, thank you for your understanding and patience over the last 6 weeks. As always, don’t hesitate to call the office or me personally with any questions or concerns. I can’t wait to work with my wonderful ladies again and we can’t wait to see you too!