Information regarding COVID-19
Updated March 18th, 2020
Due to the unprecedented and extraordinary circumstances regarding COVID-19, Dr. James T. Aris of Advanced Dentistry of Wilton will only be seeing patients on an emergency basis for the next three weeks as recommended by the American Dental Association. You will be able to reach our office by phone or email during this time. We plan to reopen for routine and elective dental on April 8, and will keep you updated on any changes to this status.
Your safety and that of our dental team and community is our highest priority. In order for dentistry to do its part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we will be concentrating on emergency dental care, which will alleviate the burden that dental emergencies would place on hospital emergency departments, and preserve the limited supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) critical for frontline health care personnel responding to the historic public health emergency. Dr. Aris believes, “It’s imperative we all work together, particularly to protect higher risk individuals, and grateful for the role we are all playing in flattening the curve.”
We thank you for your cooperation during this time, as our priority and Dr. Aris’ life mission is to help each and every patient achieve and maintain their optimal dental health. Dr. Aris continues to monitor the CDC, CT Department of Public Health (ct.gov/coronavirus), CT State Dental Association and American Dental Association websites daily for important information. On March 10, Dr. Aris attended a continuing education live webinar lecture presented by Hudson Garrett, PhD, MBA, on “A Clinical Perspective on Coronavirus and Important Infection Control Caveats in the Dental Healthcare Setting.” We have shared that lecture with our entire team, and are grateful for their continued diligence in maintaining an immaculate work environment.
Your well-being is important to your dentist and dental team. That is why infection control procedures are in place 365-days a year in your dental office, and the foundation of our practice. Before you enter the examining room, all surfaces, such as dental chair, dental light, drawer handles and countertops have been cleaned and disinfected. We use SciCan Optim disinfectant cleaner, which demonstrated virucidal efficacy to new and emerging pathogens. At Advanced Dentistry of Wilton, we have always and continue to provide protective disposable coverings on equipment such as lights and the dental chair, which are changed and disposed of for each and every patient. Non-disposable items like dental instruments are cleaned and sterilized between patients in our SciCan hospital-grade sterilization center. Infection control precautions also require all dental staff involved in patient care to use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, masks, gowns, and we require protective eyewear, for our team members and patients. After each patient, disposable gloves and masks are thrown away. Before seeing the next patient, everyone on the treatment team washes their hands and puts on a new pair of gloves. All team members are trained and re-trained on proper use of PPE and proper removal of PPE.
Here are a few things you can do on your own to help keep yourself and those around you healthy from the cdc.gov website:
- Wash your hands frequently, or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent ethyl alcohol.
- Avoid touching your face, eyes or nose
- Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow
- Stay home if you feel sick
- Avoid close contact and put distance between yourself and other people at this time, which is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting sick.
All of us at Advanced Dentistry of Wilton feel blessed to work with our wonderful patients. Please take care of yourselves, your families, and this inspiring community we live and work in. We will miss seeing you these next few weeks, so please stay in touch and know that we are here for you always. Please contact us with any questions.
Staying strong together,
Dr. James T. Aris, DMD, MAGD and all of us at Advanced Dentistry of Wilton
Master of the Academy of General Dentistry
Advanced Dentistry of Wilton
436 Danbury Road . The Cannon House
Wilton, CT 06897
Phone # (203) 762-5100