I can see clearly now the rain is gone
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It’s gonna be a bright bright sunny day
These are the opening lyrics to the hit by Johnny Nash written back in 1972. And when I decided to write my first blog in a long time this was what came to my mind……..so much has gone on in the last few months.
So, I want to take a chance to tell you what the team at Southern California Dental Health Associates is committed to in light of current events.
As a team, we are committed to providing our best possible care to all of our family of patients. This also means that we are following or exceeding CDC, American Dental Association, State of California and County of Los Angeles guidelines in delivering dental care during this Covid-19 Pandemic.
It does mean that there are changes to what goes on in the office. There will be a list of screening questions that you will be asked when making appointments, when we confirm appointments and when you get to the office. You have to wear a mask when you come into our office, your temperature will be taken and then you will be taken to the treatment room. This does take extra time so we are asking you show up 15 minutes before your appointment. Call us when you park or are in the lobby so we can make sure to minimize your contact with other patients. It is a lot to ask but this is also following the guidelines.
When you come into the office you will see what we have done to protect you and our team. We have all the personal protection gear so when we are working we might our team will be covered up. My favorite extra touch is how we have a fan above the treatment area blowing over our patients with medical grade hepa air filters on the window sill to disinfect the treatment rooms. After a few weeks of a soft open I can tell you that the team is getting used to all the new gear. We are all confident that our office is safe for everyone.
And of course the cloud that has been blinding me has been pointed out clearly by the Black Lives Matter Movement. And there is still systemic slavery in our country…it is called the prison system. It is incumbent on all of us to work together to change the systemic racism and discrimination that occurs all the time in America, the Land of the Free.
And when that starts happening it will be a bright bright sunny day.