Office Updates Relating to COVID-19

Greetings to all who visit our website and welcome.  Thanks for clicking on us.  Summer is waning and school is on the agenda, in whatever way, shape or form given the COVID – 19 conundrum.  We continue to practice a high level of infection control and disinfection  here. Nothing really new with that as we have been practicing high level infection control with sterilization and disinfection for years. We continue to ask that everyone who enters our office wear a mask as we enter the fall season.  Masks do work and can decrease transmission of infectious agents of all kinds, not just viruses. Here at Stush Ortho we’ve worn masks during patient care for years, except now we wear them all day.  We do whatever it takes to keep our patients and team safe and healthy.

We have recently purchased and installed ADS extra-oral vacuum systems during patient care to reduce aerosols during our procedures. I am very impressed with their function during treatment even if the units sound like a vacuum cleaners near the chair.  They works and patient acceptance has been very good.  Just another investment we’ve made to keep us all safe.  It is just part or our ongoing commitment to excellent and thoughtful patient care. 

We continue to screen all patients and parents who enter the building with “no -touch” thermometers to check body temperatures. If the temperature is above 99.6 we will reschedule that appointment as a precaution as per CDC guidelines. Also, if you have flown on a plane or have been to distant areas of the county, especially to a COVID-19 hot spot, we will  reschedule your appointment for at least 14 days or longer to ensure a safe office environment for everyone.  That will be the our policy and the norm for quite some time.

We ask that all patients and parents wear an appropriate face mask to all appointments and use the hand sanitizer provided before entering the main office area.  Even though we have been in green status for some time, please continue to practice all the social distancing measures, good hand hygiene and wear those masks when out of the house as that is your best protection from the virus.  Hopefully, we can keep the fall season from not spiking with new cases. The virus is still out there and is as formidable as ever.  Summer weather did not deter its infectious capability as we have seen.  We cannot afford to become complacent. 

We are so pleased with our new way to communicate with you via a Virtual Treatment Appointment for initial consultations or treatment planning appointments on our website, StushOrthodontics.com.  From the comfort of your home on this secure site,  you can upload photos (taken with your cell phone) to help us answer any questions you may have about your current orthodontic treatment and progress. It is also a way to upload photos for us to evaluate if you have any problems, such as loose brackets, bands or broken chain. To start the process just click on the Blue Tab on the lower left hand corner of our website home page. That will take you to the Virtual Treatment page.

This option is also available for new patients who would like to have a Virtual Screening Appointment to see if they are a prospective orthodontic patient here. It is also a way for us to review treatment plans for new patients, saving you a trip to the office to discuss recommended treatment. 

For our current patients, as always, we are available to help those who have orthodontic emergencies or problems with their braces or orthodontic devices. Now, you can send a photo(s) to help us decide what is needed for you. We are here Monday through Thursday, 8 AM to 5 PM with lunch at 12 – 1, as our office has settled in a new normal.

If we do not answer during the day because we’re assisting with our patients, just leave a message and we will return that call as soon as possible.  If it is an after-hours braces problem, use the phone number listed on the office answering machine to call and leave a message on my home phone.

For everyone who is heading back to school or is off to college, whether virtually or in person, be sure to learn as much as you can and have some fun too. But remember to stay safe and healthy.  Lets keep the fall season a less anxious time for all of us.  This pandemic will eventually be history.  How we act and behave this fall will determine how long that will take.

Dr. Al Stush and Team