Begin the patient screening process with standardized questions when the patient calls for an appointment. All appointment reminders for routine care should include a check-in with patients regarding their health status and reminders to reschedule if they do not feel well, are running a fever or believe they have been exposed to COVID-19 and are waiting through the two-week incubation period.
Include temperature readings as part of your routine assessment of patients prior to performing dental procedures.
CDC recommends healthcare facilities, including dental offices, screen patients before proceeding with an appointment. Information to take note of:
Dentists may also send a notice advising patients who are experiencing acute respiratory illness to remain home and reschedule appointments.