Important Information Regarding COVID-19

UPDATE March 15th, 2020: Our highest priority has always been the health and safety of our patients and staff. As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to evolve, we have a unique responsibility to care for those who need urgent treatment while minimizing the risk of transmission of the virus. 

Unfortunately at this time, there is no way to screen patients for COVID-19 who are asymptomatic or who have not yet developed symptoms but are contagious. Our office has always adhered to rigorous cleaning and sterilizing procedures beyond what is recommended by the CDC. Due to the proximity of our staff to the patients and the aerosols produced during treatment, we believe that there is no way to effectively prevent the spread of this virus in a dental environment – even in patients who appear healthy. While a majority of us will be mildly affected, our goal is to slow the spread of the virus to reduce the strain on medical facilities so that our vulnerable populations are able to receive the life-saving care that they deserve. All over the world, social distancing has been the best deterrent to the spread of COVID-19. These measures are vital to ensure the best possible outcome for our community, our state and our country.

On Saturday March 14th, Governor Mike DeWine made the recommendation to postpone elective treatment, including dental treatment. While we do not consider the treatment in our office to be “elective”, we feel that this recommendation was meant to delay all non-emergent procedures. For these reasons, we have decided to close our office through the end of March. If you have an appointment scheduled during this time, you will be receiving a call from our office to reschedule. If you feel you have a dental emergency, we will review your case over the phone to determine if you should be seen in person on a case-by-case basis.

Please be patient with us as we navigate this uncharted territory. This was a difficult decision which was not made lightly, but with the best interests of all of our patients and staff in mind. Our goal is to serve you in the safest way possible and we will make every effort to do so.

We will continue to follow the direction of our state and local health departments, and promise to keep you informed as the situation develops.

With Gratitude,

Dr. James Kotapish and Dr. Christopher Kayafas

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UPDATE March 18th,2020: Yesterday, Dr. Amy Acton signed the “Director’s Order for the Management of Non-essential Surgeries and Procedures throughout Ohio” which states that “Effective 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2020, all non-essential or elective surgeries and procedures that utilize PPE should not be conducted.” The definition of nonessential includes “a procedure that can be delayed without undue risk to the current or future health of a patients,” including the “risk of rapidly worsening to severe symptoms (time sensitive).”

As a result of this Order, the OSDB has released the statement below:

“We are all aware of the coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping the nation and the world today. The Ohio Department of Health issued an order on the “Management of Non-essential Surgeries and Procedures” throughout Ohio.

Based on this order, the OSDB stresses the importance for all dental practitioners to defer all non-essential & elective procedures with immediate effect. Only patients that need emergency dental services should be seen and treated. The order seeks to preserve the availability of PPEs at this critical period and to prevent inadvertent spread of the coronavirus. Dentists should also remember that they are highly vulnerable to the coronavirus due to the aerosol created from dental procedures. We strongly advise all dentists and dental office personnel to practice utmost caution and be prudent in their selection of emergency cases that need care.

Thank you for your anticipated and expected cooperation.”

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