We are pleased to announce that Governor DeSantis lifted the ban on routine dental hygiene as well as elective medical procedures effective May 4, 2020.

Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our regular habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to you and your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice. Our infection control processes limit patient and provider exposure, so it’s both safe and comfortable.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

Our office may communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. We will ask the same questions again when you are in the office.

We have hand sanitizer in the reception area that we will ask you to use when you enter the office.

You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.

Appointments have separation to allow for social distancing between patients. We are limiting access to the waiting room for patients only. We may ask your loved ones and companions to remain outside the office during your treatment in order not to expose them to other people unnecessarily.

We are taking temperatures of all staff upon arrival to work, and all patients upon arrival to the office. We have a COVID-19 Questionnaire that we want every patient to fill out and sign.

We have added extra protection barrier at the front desk for the safety of you and the staff.

We have HEPA filtration that will be running in all areas of the office where instruments create aerosols.

We ask that you wear a mask or face covering when you come to the office. Masks are not available to patients at this time, as our supply is limited.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.

To make an appointment, please call our office at 954-972-1000 or visit our website at RestorativeandImplantDentistry.com. If you want to discuss any individual concerns, please call or email Lissette@DrSlootsky.com, and one of the doctors will contact you either by phone or video chat if you prefer.

While there is no direct evidence connecting oral infection to COVID-19, we know that the highest number of complications associated with coronavirus occurred in patients with underlying conditions. Logic suggests that better oral health supports better general health, including your infection-fighting ability.