Re-Opening May4th, 2020
See below for Re-opening announcements
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Poteau Dentist - Dr. Kendra Yandell - Family, Periodontic, Prosthodontic, Cosmetic Dentistry & more!
When you visit our office, your smile is our top priority. Our entire team is dedicated to providing you with the personalized, gentle care that you deserve.
Part of our commitment to serving our patients includes providing information that helps them to make more informed decisions about their oral health needs. This website is a resource we hope you’ll find both useful and interesting.
We also encourage you to visit our patient education videos which provide valuable information on dental procedures and treatment options.
- New Patient Exams
- Brushing & Flossing
- Teeth Whitening
- Crowns & Bridges
- Composite Fillings
- Root Canal Therapy
- Wisdom Teeth
- and more...
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Please browse through our website and be sure to give us a call if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment.
updated April 29th, 2020
Re-opening Procedures and Updates
Our office is planning to reopen May 4th, 2020. We genuinely believe in the importance of your oral health and the connection with your entire body. We have been working hard to follow guidelines by the experts to ensure we can safely care for you and your family again soon! If you have an appointment already scheduled, our team will contact you to arrange for the best time for your ongoing healthcare. If you have questions, please call our office at 918-647-4636.
When you come in for an appointment, we are asking you follow certain procedures to avoid crowds in waiting rooms and for the health and safety of everyone involved. These procedures come from CDC (Center for Disease Control) and the American Dental Association guidelines.
WHEN YOU COME IN:
- Please come alone. Do not bring your spouse, children, or any other people, unless you need assistance.
- Please call us once you have arrived at the parking lot. We will let you know when we are ready for you to come inside for your appointment.
- A team member will come to greet you, take your temperature and review COVID-19 screening form and consent with you.
- If you have a mask, please bring it with you to your appointment
- Please reschedule your appointment if you are feeling ill. Do not come in if you have a fever or cough or have been knowingly exposed to someone who has COVID-19.
STEPS WE ARE TAKING:
We have always complied with strict OSHA-mandated protocols to maintain a highly sterile environment within our office. These guidelines were created to safeguard the spread of severely contagious diseases such as tuberculosis and measles, and they are equally effective in managing the spread of influenza and coronavirus. Below is a summary of the steps currently in place to ensure patient and employee safety:
- EMPLOYEE HEALTH SCREENING: All team members are screened the same as all patients with fever and screening questions before each day of work. We enforce sick policies that require employees suffering from communicable illnesses to stay home from work until they have clearance from their physician. At this time, all employees are always required to wear masks and/or be positioned behind a sneeze guard.
- PATIENT HEALTH SCREENINGS: due to concerns about patient and employee safety, we ask that non- emergent patients experiencing flu-like symptoms( fever, cough, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, difficulty breathing) and those patients that have a known exposure to COVID-19 within the past 14days reschedule their appointment. We also ask that non-emergency patients with known health risks (65+yrs old, pregnancy, lung and heart condition, high blood pressure, diabetes, immunocompromised conditions) understand and acknowledge the risk of not social distancing.
- STERILIZATION PROCEDURES: The foundation of our infection control procedures is based on requirements established by the CDC that state all body fluids are treated as infectious because patients with bloodborne pathogens can be asymptomatic or unaware of infection. This includes body fluids from airborne droplets from coughs or sneezes. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) used in our office, which includes, gowns, eye-protection, face shields, masks, and gloves are designed to ensure that no blood or body fluids can be passed between team and patients. These items are washed or disposed between patients as necessary to mitigate patient-to-patient transmission. Strict surface sterilization procedures are followed to clean and disinfect all operatory surfaces between patients, and after each use, all dental instruments are cleaned, and heat sterilized in steam autoclave machines in individual sterile pouches and cassettes.
- COMMON AREA DISINFECTING: As a result of the current coronavirus concern, we have taken additional precautions in common areas. All magazines, and pamphlets have been removed. Lobby surfaces and patient restrooms are disinfected more frequently and after each use. This includes a thorough wipe down of all hard surfaces, such as doorknobs, tables, chairs, and front office counters with a CDC approved commercial sterilization product. In addition, patients are being advised to practice social distancing in our building, wait in their cars until screened. According to the CDC, the most important steps we can take to avoid infection from airborne diseases is frequent hand washing with soap and water and regular cleaning of highly used surfaces. We recommend all our patients take these basic precautions.
- ADDITIONAL MEASURES:
- Installation of commercial air scrubbers which filter air, trap pathogens (Kills mold, bacteria and viruses), Reduces allergens, odors, smoke, static electricity to effectively disinfect the air.
- Stand alone air purification systems have been placed in each operatory and common space.
- Utilization of additional intraoral suctioning systems to minimize aerosols
- Enhanced PPE use of N95, KN95, and/or surgical masks, face shields, gowns, and surgical caps.
- Installation of sneeze shields at front office area.
- Implementation of the strictest protocols to maintain both team and patient safety.
We look forward to seeing your smiling faces again!,
Dr Kendra Yandell and Dental Team