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COVID-19 Updates for Our Valued Patients

Update for Our Valued Patients – April 6, 2020
On 4/2/2020, the Nevada Dental Board postponed elective dental procedures until at least April 30, 2020
Update for Our Valued Patients – March 30, 2020
In alignment with Governor Sisolak’s direction as set forth in Directive 003 on 3/27/2020, the Nevada Dental Board
supports the postponement of elective dental procedures until at least April 16, 2020 per the mandate given to all
essential businesses that they “must adopt COVID-19 risk mitigation measures that reduce the risk of community disease
spread” in order to continue operating during the Coronavirus pandemic.
We sincerely apologize for all the patients who were asked to reschedule their non-emergency appointments to a later
time due to the mandate from the Board.

  • All elective procedures (Periodontics & Orthodontics) have been postponed until April 16th or later.
  • Our Endodontic Department (Root canal specialist, Dr. Vinne Chen) will remain to serve emergency
    patients with severe pain associated with root canal problems.
  • If you have a true dental or orthodontic emergency (pain, swelling, gum infection, broken palatal expander/retainers
    or pokey wire or bracket that truly bothers you) please call our offices.
  • Our offices remain open and phones are answered Mondays to Thursdays from 9 am-4 pm and our specialists are ready and
    available to assist you.
  • Dental emergency patients will be seen in accordance with existing social-distancing, infection control and
    temperature screening protocol established for our offices.
  • New and existing patients with no dental pain are asked to schedule in-office appointments until April 16th or later.
    If you have questions or special requests, you are invited to call our offices and we will be happy to schedule a
    tele-health consultation with one of our doctors or team member.
We apologize greatly for any inconvenience this may cause, but the health of our patients, staff, and community is
always our top priority. As healthcare workers, we believe we have an obligation to do our part in slowing the incidence
of COVID-19. We thank you for being understanding in these difficult times, and we look forward to continuing to provide
you with world class dental care!
Update for Our Valued Patients – March 18, 2020
Following recommendations from the American Dental Association, our offices have postponed elective procedures for the
next three weeks in response to the spread of the coronavirus disease, COVID-19, across the country. The American Dental
Association did not ask dentists to close the offices. Instead, concentrating on emergency dental care will allow us to
care for our emergency patients and alleviate the burden that dental emergencies would place on hospital emergency departments.
It also encourage our non-emergency patients to stay home to help the nation to control the breakout of coronavirus.
We will continue to follow the direction of The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Department of Homeland Security,
which have categorized healthcare as a critical infrastructure industry, in addition to the food supply and
pharmaceutical industries. At Significance Dental Specialists & Orthodontics,
Dental Implant Center of Nevada, we have a special responsibility to maintain our commitment to patients with dental
emergencies. You can count on us to be here for you and provide you with frequent updates and recommendations during
these unprecedented times. It’s critical that we all do our part to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Here’s What We’re Doing Differently:

  • All elective procedures (Periodontics & Orthodontics) have been postponed until April 6th or later.
  • Our Endodontic Department (Root canal specialist, Dr. Vinne Chen) will remain to serve emergency patients with severe
    pain associated with root canal problems.
  • If you have a true dental or orthodontic emergency (pain, swelling, gum infection, broken palatal expander/retainers or
    pokey wire or bracket that truly bothers you) please call our offices.
  • Our offices remain open and phones are answered Mondays to Thursdays from 9 am-4 pm and our specialists are ready and
    available to assist you.
  • Dental emergency patients will be seen in accordance with existing social-distancing, infection control and temperature
    screening protocol established for our offices.
  • New and existing patients with no dental pain are asked to schedule in-office appointments until April 6th or later.
If you have questions or special requests, you are invited to call our offices and we will be happy to schedule a
tele-health consultation with one of our doctors or team member.
We apologize greatly for any inconvenience this may cause, but the health of our patients, staff, and community is
always our top priority. As healthcare workers, we believe we have an obligation to do our part in slowing the incidence
of COVID-19. We thank you for being understanding in these difficult times, and we look forward to continuing to provide
you with world class dental care.
Update for Our Valued Patients – March 16, 2020
These recommendations have now been modified as of March 18, 2020
The CDC recommends using “social distancing” whenever possible as an effective way of decreasing the likelihood of
transmitting coronavirus. The agency has updated its definition of social distancing to mean “remaining out of
congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others
when possible.” With this advice in mind, we are implementing these new steps in our practice:

  • We will schedule appointments to minimize possible contact with other patients in the waiting room.
  • We are making video conferencing available to some patients who are able to be evaluated via smartphone, tablet or
    laptop computer equipped with a camera and we are actively reaching out to those patients who qualify for a tele-health
    visit with one of our doctors.
  • We will ask patients to arrive on time for their appointments, rather than too early, since that will minimize the
    amount of time they spend in our reception area.
  • We will advise patients to maintain proper social distancing and if they are more comfortable waiting in their car, we
    will offer to call or text them when we are ready to seat the patient for the appointment.
  • We will screen all patients using an infrared forehead thermometer. Any patient with a temperature of 100 degrees or
    above will be rescheduled unless emergency dental or orthodontic pain, swelling or infection is present. These dental
    emergency patients will follow the protocol listed below. These patients will also be advised to call their physician’s
    office.
  • We have removed magazines and paper reading materials from our reception rooms as they are not easy to disinfect.
We appreciate your patience and thank you for your understanding if some of these new steps might cause a scheduling
inconvenience or longer wait times that you are accustomed to in one of our clinics. Your safety and comfort remain our
top priorities.
If you have questions or special requests, please reach out to us at 702-547-9977.
Update for Our Valued Patients March 11, 2020
These recommendations have now been modified as of March 18, 2020
Just like you, we are closely monitoring new developments regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus). The health and safety of our
patients and employees is of the utmost importance.
We are committed to doing everything we can to maintain a safe and comfortable experience when you visit one of our
offices at Significance Orthodontics.
Therefore, we’d like to inform you of the clinical infection control guidelines and universal precautions we’ve always
taken in our offices, since opening our doors in 2005. Because we work in the mouth for a living and in very close
proximity with our employees, infection control is something we’ve always taken very seriously. We didn’t become the
leader in our area by maintaining the status quo; you can count on us to be a dental and orthodontic leader in meeting
the challenge of the coronavirus.

What We Are Doing Differently.
We have implemented several new policies and procedures, which follow recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition, Significance Dental Specialists have consulted with several leading medical
providers in Las Vegas in order to stay up-to-date with these leading regional healthcare facilities and their
recommendations and practices for the safety and comfort of all our patients and employees in the region.

We are in constant communication with our employees to reinforce our sanitization safety procedures in both
patient-facing and employee-only areas. We are sanitizing high-traffic public areas at an increased frequency.
  • All employees are wearing face masks during the challenging time to ensure the full protection of the staff and
    patients.
  • Public touch points, such as door handles, check-in stations and knobs are cleaned multiple times daily.
  • Surfaces such as front desk, coffee station counters and reception tables are wiped regularly.
  • In addition to our world-class standards of instrument sterilization, disinfection and clinical cleanliness, we are also
    committed to disinfecting anything regularly affected by the human touch. Door handles, light switches, seating areas,
    trash cans, coffee makers, credit card processors, telephones and every commonly-touched surface will be disinfected
    throughout the day.

All our clinics have implemented hand washing and sanitizing procedures to take place multiple times for all employees.
  • All employees are instructed each day on correct hand sanitizing procedures.
  • Employees are instructed to wash hands minimally 20 seconds before and after eating and before returning to a work area.
  • Clinical employees are instructed to wash hands minimally 20 seconds before and after every patient appointment.
  • Proper procedures are posted in all employee-only work areas.

All Significance Dental Specialists & Orthodontic employees are prohibited from reporting to work with a respiratory
illness that can be transmitted to others.

For patients who feel unwell, we have detailed protocols developed in partnership with the American Dental Association
(ADA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

  • Orthodontic patients feeling unwell and scheduled for a routine orthodontic adjustment or evaluation, should call our
    offices to reschedule their appointment to a date at least 14 days from today’s date and when the patient is no longer
    feeling unwell.
  • Orthodontic patients feeling unwell and with a broken appliance or orthodontic wire causing pain, should call our
    offices to arrange for either a teledentistry appointment via FaceTime or Skype with one of our specialists or direct
    seating in a private treatment room, entering through a secondary entrance and bypassing the reception room. The patient
    will be given a facial mask to be worn while entering and leaving the office. The doctor and clinical dental team will
    assess the patient using proper universal precautions in a private room with the parent or guardian.
  • Periodontal and endodontic patients feeling unwell and scheduled for regular procedures (teeth cleaning, exam,x-rays,
    implants, periodontal and root canal treatment) should call our offices to reschedule their appointment to a date at
    least 14 days from today’s date and when the patient is no longer feeling unwell.
  • Periodontal and endodontic patients feeling unwell and with acute dental pain, swelling or infection, should call our
    offices to arrange for direct seating in a private treatment room, entering through a secondary entrance and bypassing
    the reception room. The patient will be given a facial mask to be worn while entering and leaving the office. The doctor
    and clinical dental team will assess the patient using proper universal precautions in a private room with the parent or
    guardian.
We want you to not only receive exceptional health care but also to enjoy your visit with us. We assure you we will be
attentive and vigilant so you can receive safe and comfortable dental and orthodontic treatment in our offices. For
future updates on what we’re doing in health safety, please call our office to talk to one of our smile specialists.
Dr. Allen Huang & Dr. Victoria Chen