About COVID-19 & Our Practice
To all of our established and prospective patients:
We are still seeing patients and the current “Shelter in Place” mandate issued by Governor Pritzker not only allows for healthcare facilities such as ours to remain open and for patients to travel to and from their appointments, but recent changes specify that all elective surgery and elective procedures can resume. This means dental implants, wisdom teeth removal and all other routine oral surgery needs should be taken care of again.
At ORA Oral Surgery & Implant Studio your safety and well being remains our highest priority. As a physician and surgeon, Dr. Steven Koos is dedicated to staying informed regarding the SARS CoV-2 virus and COVID-19 pandemic. To this end, we are continually reviewing information from the World Health Organization (WHO), American Medical Association (AMA), American Dental Association (ADA), Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).
Our offices continue to operate with the highest level of infection control protocols to ensure your safety and that of our employees. Given the circumstances, we have increased our vigilance with stringently sanitizing common areas now as well, and we have increased patient and employee screening.
- Anyone entering the practice will be required to use the provided hand sanitizer upon arrival.
- Our entire team will be wearing masks at all times.
- Along with the standard vital signs of blood pressure, pulse, and blood oxygenation, all patients and team members will also be screened for temperature at every visit.
- We have increased our surface disinfection to include door handles/knobs, pens, tablets, seating and other commonly touched surfaces, every half an hour and in between patients.
- The periodicals in our waiting areas have been removed.
- We have removed some seating in our reception area to allow for a safer 2 meter distance between individuals.
- We request that any family or friends who are accompanying patients remain in their cars while the patients are having their procedures and only come inside into the private recovery rooms to receive post-operative instructions. These instructions can also be given over the phone if you prefer and we can ambulate the patient to your car in our designated ambulatory surgery patient pick-up area.
- We limit the number of people in our facility at one time to 10 people, which includes our team members as well.
- We are asking our patients and employees with a loss of their sense of smell or taste, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, intense and persistent headache, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, fever, or any flu like symptoms, to stay home and seek advice by calling their primary care provider.
- We recommend that all households also have a working digital thermometer to self-screen at home prior to even coming into the office.
- Patients who have recently been out of the continental United States or have been in contact with someone who has recently been ill or diagnosed with a coronavirus infection and have an upcoming appointment should contact the office for a risk assessment and may be required to reschedule to a later date.
As recommended by the CDC, if you have a simple upper respiratory infection (runny nose, head congestion, sore throat, no cough, and no fever) we also ask that you also reschedule your office visit or procedure for several weeks in the future and talk to your PCP about which standard medical treatment options are best suited to your condition such as rest, fluids, antihistamines, decongestants, steam treatments, and saline nasal spray, etc.
Public health officials recommend the following steps to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including influenza and COVID-19:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue.
- Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands often, using either soap and water or alcohol-based hand gel for at least 20 seconds.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.