Office Updates Relating to COVID-19

Autumn is here to stay…..at least until Winter turns the corner.  Thanks for clicking on us.  Unfortunately as we hear from the news, Covid -19 is still here and the fall/winter surge is upon us.  As from the beginning of this pandemic, we  at Stush Ortho continue to practice a high level of infection control and disinfection. 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/winter 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 are very pleased with our ADS extra-oral vacuum systems during patient care to reduce aerosols during our procedures. We added them in August and remain very impressed with their function during treatment even if they sound like a small vacuum cleaner near the chair.  They work well 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 really appreciate the support and phone calls we have gotten from our families and patients with communicating regarding potential exposures they may have had allowing us to reschedule in a timely manner.  Thank you for keeping everyone’s well-being a primary concern. Kudos to you.  

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.  As positive Covid tests and cases continue to rise here in the Central Susquehanna Valley please strictly 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.  The virus is still out there and is as formidable as ever.  We all suffer from social distancing fatigue, but this is a war and that virus never tires. Neither must we.

WE CAN AND MUST DO THIS TOGETHER!

We are very 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.

As the holiday season approaches lets be cautious about celebrating so that we are all here for a better 2021.  Remember to stay safe and healthy.  Lets keep the winter season a less anxious time for all of us.  This pandemic will eventually be history.  How we act and behave now will determine how long that will take. To everyone who visits this website and this page, take care and hang in there. Sooner or later this too shall pass.

Dr. Al Stush and Team