Meyer Orthodontics in Brookings Blog

Updates from Dr. Paul – Covid-19

With the ongoing Corona Virus Pandemic, I wanted to update you on changes we are making to Meyer Orthodontics and our appointment protocol. Know that these changes are being made to help protect our patients and staff. 

1. We ask that if you have a fever or experienced a fever within the past 14 days, have experienced a recent onset of respiratory problems such as a cough or difficulty breathing within the past 14 days, traveled to areas of high infection rates (California, Washington, New York, Europe, or China), or have come in contact with an individual with a confirmed Covid-19 infection, please contact our office to reschedule your appointment.

2. When you arrive for your appointment, if you feel more comfortable waiting in your vehicle, you can call our office to let us know you have arrived and the patient can be brought in. 

3. We ask that our patients are only accompanied by one parent and avoid bringing additional visitors to keep our waiting room less busy.

4 We will remove all magazines, water coolers, chapsticks, toothbrushes, and any other materials that we typically have available for patients to grab. Please ask if you need any of these items and they can be given to you. 

5. We will be stopping the use of our high speed hand pieces to prevent any viral spread. We may ask patients to pre-rinse with a special mouthwash to decrease viral spread.

6. We stress that all patients wash their hands prior to placing their Invisalign aligners, placing their rubber bands, or placing their nighttime retainer. 

7. We will continue universal precautions for every appointment including: sterilizing all dental equipment before/after use, disinfecting chairs and all surfaces, using gloves and masks by all clinical staff during appointments. 

8. If you have any concerns, we are happy to reschedule appointments. Retainer checks and annual recall appointments can easily be moved to a later date.  

We appreciate your understanding during this time. Our ultimate goal is to protect our patients and staff, but also do our part to protect our community and decrease the burden put on our health care system. As always if you have any questions, feel free to call our office.

Thank you,
Dr. Paul Meyer