Today, I want to ask you a simple question: how do you choose your dentist?
Suppose you're new to the Gulf Coast... to Baldwin County... to Foley, Alabama. You've been going to the dentist your entire life... or maybe you only go when you have a toothache... or maybe you go periodically, but today that wrachet popped off the bolt and oops... your front tooth just got wacked and is broken!
Where should you go? The dentist is the obvious answer, but which one? Where?
If it's an emergency as in the ol' "Wrachet hits the tooth fracture" scenerio, then by all means you need to be seen right away... you quickly Google the area for a dentist who can fix your tooth. You'll find some nearby, you'll find some too far to travel. You'll find some you can "supposedly" get into see today... some clearly can't (or won't) see you today.
Where should you go? Is it truly a game of Craps? Of throwing the dice? Over the next few weeks let's look at how you should choose a dentist - and get some sage advice from a dentist as to who you should choose.
As of today, Sept 15th, Hurricane Sally is expected to reach Hurricane strength and make landfall somewhere near Gulf Shores early Wednesday Morning on the 16th. We are expecting 20-25 inches of rain minimally over the next several days.
So that ourselves and our patients may be safe, we are closing the office on Tuesday and Wednesday and probably Thursday at the latest.
At last check the National Hurricane Center has it heading towards Mobile Bay but things can change rapidly in hurricane forecasting as you well know.
COVID-19 and Dentistry in AL:
At the end of May 29th the Alabama Dental Board allowed us to resume performing normal dental procedures, including hygiene (ie. "Cleaning") appointments. I say "normal" but in reality nothing these days is "business as usual"!!!
We're cognizant of the fact that dentistry is at the forefront of occupational risk and thus we slowly rolled out our working hours during May. Since June we've met our goal of being back to full time in this Covid environment - including now adding a 5th day to make our practice truly full time!
We are enacting extraordinary prodocols and procedures to ensure your health and safety... as well as ours. The Dental Board allowed us to rehire Gwen our hygienist and perform hygiene appointments beginning the second week of May.
The Dental Board - based on ADA and CDC protocols - have placed significant conditions to which we can see patients. We are limiting patient appointments and in-office visits. We are making efforts to keep you socially distant from one another by staggering appointment times and keeping patients from interacting with one another in our office halls.
We engaged a contractor to create a Negative Pressure ventilation system to remove the mists and sprays (aerosols) from our operatories during drilling procedures. This work was completed the week of June 8th.
Walk-ins will not be allowed, and you will have to text or call to be allowed into our facility.
We are mandated (unfortunately) to close our waiting room and you will be asked to wait in your car until "the coast is clear".
If you would like to reschedule a previously cancelled procedure, or if you would like to schedule a new procedure, please contact us at 251-943-0004, and we will be happy to assist you.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.
If you're curious, click on the link to the right and see what safety guidelines organized Dentistry have given to us.
BY THE WAY!!!!!
We are currently distributing a new 2021 Calendar as part of our Fall 2020 Promotions at Dentremont Dental Services in Gulf Shores. Scroll down below or Click on the link to the right to see them.