Updates Regarding COVID-19
Dear Current and Future Patients:
For the safety of our patients and staff, Alleman Family Dental will continue remain in compliance with all directives from the State of Colorado regarding COVID-19. As of May 18, 2020, we have reopened to all dental procedures. We look forward to seeing you very soon!
4-27-2020 UPDATE On Resuming Non-Emergency Dental Procedures
Resuming Non-Emergency Procedures
The Boulder County stay at home order will expire at the end of the day on May 8, 2020. We are preparing to resume all dental procedures the week of May 18, 2020. This allows us time to restock our Personal Protective Equipment in order to resume all non-emergency procedures. From now until May 18, we will begin seeing any patient that has urgent needs: tooth sensitivity, broken or chipped teeth, and periodontal pain or bleeding. Please contact our office at 303-499-7133, email us, or click on the remote consultation button at the bottom right and we will put you on our schedule as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience during this time and we look forward to seeing all of you again very soon!
3-27-2020 UPDATE From the Colorado Department Of Regulatory Agencies
Official Directive on Elective Procedures
Due to a number of inquiries regarding our recent guidance in light of COVID-19, and a number of reports of dental offices continuing to offer elective procedures, please consider this email an official directive to adhere to the mandate established in Governor Jared Polis’s Executive Order D 2020 009. Under this order, all dental practices and practitioners MUST cease all elective or non-emergency procedures until at least April 14, 2020. The only procedures or surgeries that are permissible under this Executive Order are those that address the following:
There is a threat to the patient’s life if the surgery or procedure is not performed;
There is a threat of permanent dysfunction of an extremity or organ system if the surgery or procedure is not performed;
There is a risk of metastasis or progression of staging of a disease or condition if the surgery or procedure is not performed; or
There is a risk that the patient's condition will rapidly deteriorate if the surgery or procedure is not performed and there is a threat to life, or to an extremity or organ system, or of permanent dysfunction or disability.
Under this list, there is no authorization for a routine or elective dental procedure, and as a result, all licensees must CEASE such unauthorized procedures.
Practitioners looking for additional guidance can consult the CDC's oral health COVID-19 page, which states that, “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that dental facilities postpone elective procedures, surgeries, and non-urgent dental visits, and prioritize urgent and emergency visits and procedures now and for the coming several weeks.” The CDC's COVID-19 Oral Health Page also includes guidance on how to triage urgent needs of patients known to or suspected to be infected with COVID-19. (Bear in mind that Colorado’s Executive Order D 2020 009 now prohibits the delivery of elective or non-urgent dental visits, rather than CDC’s encouragement that such visits be postponed.)
We understand that this may cause unfortunate financial difficulties for many, but it is imperative that we all do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19 at this time.
As a reminder, the Colorado Dental Board may pursue disciplinary action against your license if we continue to receive reports about non-essential, non-emergency procedures being conducted, including but not limited to issuing a cease and desist order as well as issuing a fine. The Division of Professions and Occupations is working with the Office of the Attorney General to appropriately address any reported violations at this time to ensure compliance.
3-19-2020 UPDATE From the Colorado Dental Association On Dental Office Closures In Colorado
Gov. Polis Signs Executive Order:
Elective/Non-Essential Procedures Suspended
This afternoon, Gov. Polis signed an executive order temporarily suspending elective and non-essential surgeries and procedures to preserve important medical equipment, like personal protective equipment and ventilators, needed to combat COVID-19. The executive order is in effect from March 23 to April 14, with the exception of rural and critical access hospitals. This includes all voluntary or elective surgeries or procedures, whether medical, dental, or veterinary.
Permitted surgeries or procedures are permitted when there is:
A threat to the patient’s life
A threat of permanent dysfunction to an extremity or organ system
A risk of metastasis or progression of staging of a disease or condition or
A risk that the patient’s condition will rapidly deteriorate if the procedure or surgery is not performed.
The state of Colorado is requiring any healthcare provider, not part of a hospital facility or business, who has PPE, ventilators, respirators and anesthesia machines to inventory supplies no later than March 26. More details will be forthcoming on how to submit the inventory to the state including potential exemptions for supplies that are required for the provision of critical healthcare services. The CDA will let you know as soon as more information is available.
A short time ago the American Dental Association issued a recommendation that all dental offices across the country postpone procedures with the exception of emergency care. Even though the State of Colorado has not issued a mandate, we are committed in doing our part with regards to social distancing and reducing the spread of COVID-19. Also, by focusing on emergency care during this time, we will be able to keep dental emergencies out of hospitals so those resources can be used effectively to treat COVID-19.
As a result of the ADA's recommendation, we are switching over to emergency-only care beginning tomorrow Tuesday March 17, 2020 until Monday April 6, 2020. This was a difficult decision to make, however, as with all infectious diseases that we frequently come in close contact with, we are vigilant with the highest level of infection control and instrument sterilization. This is not something we take lightly, your safety and health is our top priority here at Alleman Family Dental.
We will be contacting all patients that are scheduled for the next three weeks, and those that are not emergency related will be rescheduled to April. As this is an ever-changing situation, we will inform you of any changes to this plan on our end as they may arise. If you are experiencing a dental emergency, please contact our office at 303-499-7133. We will be monitoring our voicemail and email throughout these next three weeks.
We appreciate your patience as we all go through this pandemic event and we look forward to seeing you again at your next visit. In the meantime, please remain diligent with hand washing, refrain from touching your face, eyes and nose, and continue social distancing. Please be kind to one another, we will get through this together!
-Dr. Dan and the amazing team at Alleman Family Dental