COVID 19 and Dentistry



Is it safe to go to the dentist?

Because people could spread Coronavirus to others without having symptoms themselves, NO PLACE is 100% safe. However, thanks to our commitment to infection control, our dental office is SAFER than most places you already go (for example, to the grocery store). Here's why:
Brown Family Dental Center is doing everything we can to prevent exposure to the disease among our patients and staff, while still offering quality dental care to the community. This means that, while we can't guarantee it, you are not likely to come into close contact with Coronavirus at our office because:

  • We continually review and implement the latest updates and instructions for healthcare facilities from the CDC, OSHA, and the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners.
  • We are meticulous in our infection control, sterilization, disinfection, and air filtration practices. This includes not only the instruments, but also the counter tops, the furniture, the walls, everything. You may also see us wearing more protective clothing than you are used to seeing on dental workers. Be assured that none of us are working-while-sick. It's just all intended to help ensure everyone's safety.
  • We screen our staff and every patient for indications of infection, or exposure to, Coronavirus. This means that you will be asked some screening questions about COVID 19 before your appointment, and again when you are in the office with us.
  • We will postpone treatment on people who have been exposed, and we will recommend medical evaluation for those who are sick.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow social distancing. That may mean that you have fewer options for scheduling your appointment time.
  • We are allowing only two patients in our waiting area at the same time. This means that you may be asked to wait in your car or outside the building prior to being brought in for your treatment.

In general, you can help limit the spread of COVID 19 and protect yourself by:
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay away from groups of people of 10 or more.
  • WASH YOUR HANDS frequently, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with the inside of your elbow.

Symptoms of Coronavirus include:
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Sudden loss of taste or smell
  • Joint pain or general achiness

If you become sick:
  • Isolate yourself and contact your Physician for treatment/testing instructions.