Our Office’s Safety Precautions
Dear Bel Air Orthodontic Patients and Family Members,
Thank you for your continued trust in our practice. The staff of Bel Air Orthodontics will continue to apply Universal Infectious Disease Precautions as we provide care for our patients. We have always emphasized Universal Precautions to limit exposure of our staff and patients to communicable diseases, like a cold or the seasonal flu. Unlike the seasonal flu, however, the coronavirus (COVID-19) is highly contagious. To mitigate exposure to coronavirus, we ask our patients and accompanying parents to do the following when visiting our practice:
- For the safety of our patients and staff members, please wear masks and practice “social distancing” while in the office;
- To limit the number of patients in our office at a given time, we ask that only the patient enter the office. If parents prefer their child be accompanied inside, we ask that you limit the number of family members accompanying the patient;
- Finally, if the patient or any of the patient’s family members have symptoms of coronavirus (fever, cough, difficulty breathing), or if you or someone you have been in contact with has recently tested positive for COVID-19, we ask that you reschedule your appointment.
Despite Universal Precautions and “social distancing,” there is a chance that you could be exposed to coronavirus in our office. By entering Bel Air Orthodontics, you acknowledge the risk to exposure to coronavirus and consent to further orthodontic treatment.
Should you have any questions regarding this informed consent, please contact Dr. Godwin directly at 410-838-2244. Please also feel free to contact us if you would like more information about our office’s dedication to your health and safety.
How can you further prevent contracting or spreading COVID-19?
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds. If you don’t have access to soap and water, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Maintain at least six feet of distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Do not use your hands.
- Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Calling in advance will allow your healthcare provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility.
For more information about what you can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19, please visit the World Health Organization website.