Welcome to our COVID-19 Information Page
We are actively monitoring the emerging and rapidly evolving COVID-19 outbreak. We are staying up to date with the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and state and local health departments. Our practice has safeguards in place to protect our patients and our team members and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. To keep everyone safe, we are asking patients experiencing flu-like symptoms to call and reschedule their appointments. Below we have provided some other information and resources to assist you.
We are currently open daily to see patients that have pain, swelling, facial or dental trauma and or have immediate concerns as it pertains to their teeth or oral cavity. If your dentist is closed, we will be happy to see you and take care of you without a referral. We take precautions with all our patients and limit the number of patients we see hourly, we are limiting our waiting room volume and adhering to the CDC guidelines. We always use recommended protective personal equipment and sterilize every room and instrument after your visit. We are considered a health care provider and will remain open even if there is a stay at home law mandated by the Florida government. We are here to help you in this time of need, so we can limit or eliminate the need to visit your local ER due to dental pain, a broken tooth or facial swelling etc.
If you are a patient who is scheduled to be seen for a consultation, we are giving you the option to fill out your paperwork online or remotely in your car to minimize inter-personal contact.
Frequently Asked Questions
What general precautions should you take as a patient?
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Stay at home and reschedule any planned dental appointments.
- If you’re sick including flu, coughing, fever, runny nose, congestion, sneezing etc.
Check for Coronavirus Symptoms
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick and in general just stay at home and avoid crowds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
- Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary
- CDC: What to do if you are sick?
- Coronavirus and patient screening: Recommended actions for dentists
- Coronavirus Information for Dental Hygienists
- CDC Developing Guidance Regarding Responding to COVID-19 in Dental Settings
Wishing you the best of health,
Tampa Bay Jaw and Facial Surgery