A Letter to Our Patients

Dear Patients,


We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.


Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.


Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agency’s recommendations.


You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again on the day of your appointment, before you arrive. 

  • You will be asked to enter the dental office only when we are ready for you. Until then we ask our patients to inform us and stay in your vehicle upon reaching the office 
    location.

  • We have hand sanitizer and a pair of walk-around gloves for you to use when you enter the office. You will need to check your temperature upon entering. Our no-touch thermometer is affix to the wall on your right. 

  • You may see that our waiting room looks different. We will no longer offer magazines, and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.

  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

  • We will allow greater time between patients to not only reduce waiting times but to reserve the reception/waiting areas only for you.

  • We ask you to please have the face mask on at all times in the dental office. The only time you will be asked to take your mask off is when you are having treatment. 


    We have gone contact-less for receptionist functions. Payments will be still be at time of service, but the credit card information will be given ahead of time. We have upgraded our technology, so that it will be attached to your appointment and stay with the latest encryption. Insurance forms are filed electronically and we will direct benefits to go to you.  Receipts will be automatically emailed to you. 



We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 202-296-8020 or visit our website at www.mjwaroichdds.com


Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.


Dr. MJ Waroich and Staff

 

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