Updated: May 22, 2020
PATIENT INFORMATION UPDATE MAY 22nd 2020 -
Dental professionals have always been on the frontline when it comes to exposure and understand throughly the importance of infection control measures and the importance of strict sanitization and sterilization protocols within the clinical environment to protect and minimize risks to both patients and dental team members.
Challenging times are faced by us all, but knowing that if you were considering traveling to Cancun for dental work on a Dental Vacation, or are needing to return to finish your treatments and are looking for a dental clinic that is not only adhering to ADA and CDC Guidelines and protocols, but who are investing in the latest air filtration technology in their clinics used by NASA Dental Destinations Cancun can show you how and to give you peace of mind.
NEW INFORMATION ABOUT THE NEW SANITIZATION AND PROTOCOLS IMPLEMENTED BY OUR Cancun Dental AFFILIATES - READ MORE
We are still being contacted asking if the clinics are booking dental appointments during this Isolation Period during the Coronavirus.
The answer is a firm NO as we are dedicated to our patients and dentists safety we are following strict rules to limit the possibility of cross contamination for both dentists and patients.
And we recommend that a visit to the dentist at this time is for extreme emergencies only, we are able to assist with questions and the dentists are at hand to chat, message and see what your current situation is.
We are still assisting patients with treatment plans and arrangements for their future planned dental vacations to Cancun and planning and providing all the necessary information we do as standard. for local patients and expats living in Cancun we are connecting to dentists to discuss any emergency issues they need information about, but the dental clinic is only seeing Emergency patients.
The Reasons are below -
As of March, 2020, the CDC now recommends that all non-urgent dental procedures, surgeries and visits should be postponed. "Non-emergency appointments include regular, maintenance visits such as cleanings, routine exams, x-rays, whitening, and treatment of non-painful tooth issues,"
Why are these restrictions in place?
When dentists work on your teeth, they can produce aerosols – droplets or sprays of saliva or blood – in the air.
This happens routinely when your dentist uses a drill or when scaling and polishing, for instance.
And dentists are used to following stringent infection control precautions under normal circumstances to lower the risk of transmission of infectious diseases, whether they are respiratory diseases or blood-borne.
These precautions help keep both patients and dentists safe because it assumes all patients may have an infection, despite the reality that most won’t.
But with the coronavirus pandemic, there is an increased risk of aerosols carrying the virus either directly infecting dental staff, or landing on surfaces, which staff or the next patient can touch.
This transmission may be possible even if you feel perfectly well, as not everyone with the virus has symptoms.
Obviously the recommendations and practices are changing on a daily basis and we recommend that patients who have questions or are confused
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)recommendsthat dental facilities postpone elective procedures, surgeries, and non-urgent dental visits, and prioritize urgent and emergency visits and proceduresnow and for the coming several weeks. This aligns with recommendations from theAmerican Dental Associationexternal icon(ADA) and theAmerican Dental Hygienists’ Associationexternal icon(ADHA) to postpone non-emergency and elective dental procedures, as well the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)’sguidancepdf iconexternal iconthat all non-essential dental exams and procedures be postponed until further notice.
We hope that all our patients , past , present and future Keep safe, stay positive and plan for the future of more smiles and more appreciation.
Antony De Sousa