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UPDATE- We are open!! Changes you can expect at your next visit.

May 21st, 2020

To Our Amazing Patients,
We are excited to be back in the office and able to serve you! While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety. Our infection control processes have always exceeded the guidelines and recommendations set by the American Dental Association (ADA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), while being mindful of your comfort. In addition to that, we have focused these last two months on enhancing our protocols to provide an additional layer of safety which will protect our patients and our team specifically from the Corona Virus. These enhancements include:
• Upgraded personal protection equipment such as masks, face shields, and gowns to protect you.
• Fiberglass shields for the front desk.
• Germ Guardian Air Purifiers to clean the air in the patient rooms.
• High Volume Evacuation positioners to help minimize aerosols produced during procedures.
• Extra barriers to catch droplets and enable a complete change-out between patients.
• Igeress Air Quality Monitor to ensure our enhanced safety measures are effective.
You will also notice additional protocols in preparation for your next appointment. These protocols have been put into effect to protect our patients and ensure that it is safe for you to receive dental treatment. These include:
• Pre-treatment Screening - Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some wellness questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you arrive for your appointment.
• Physical Distancing - Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients and to limit the traffic of patients so your care can be our primary focus. Prompt arrival is critical in order for this to be successful.
• VIP Check-In - You will have a personalized arrival procedure to guide you from your car directly to your treatment room.
• Protection - Please wear a mask when you arrive for your appointment. We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office.
*An additional fee of $10 per appointment will be assessed to facilitate the acquisition and use of PPE for the safety of our team and patients.
We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at (206)575-1551.
We are excited to be back to what we love doing! We look forward to seeing you, our wonderful family of patients and friends! Thank you for your trust, patience and loyalty.
Sincerely,
The Southcenter Dental Team

Updated Office Closure Notification

March 24th, 2020

To all our patients,                                                                                   March 24, 2020

The impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on our community continues to change rapidly, so we are reaching out to let you know the most recent updates as it pertains to our patients. Dr. Austin and Jerry Baruffi are committed to staying up to date on the latest information, protocols and guidelines in order to protect the well-being of our patients, staff, and community.

Governor Jay Inslee has issued a proclamation that prohibits all dental offices from providing non-essential health services until May 18.  The recommendation is to still offer care and services to emergency patients to alleviate the burden that dental emergencies would place on hospitals.

 We believe that it is our duty to our patients and the broader community that we follow this proclamation. As such, we have decided to cancel all non-urgent dental treatment immediately. This includes routine dental cleanings, check-ups, and restorative dental treatment for patients who are not in pain or at risk of developing pain. If you currently have an appointment before May 18, it is cancelled until further notice.

Dr. Austin and Jerry Baruffi will continue to be available for emergency care and urgent treatment. This will include patients who have symptoms of pain, swelling, sensitivity, etc. This will also include any patients that the doctors or the patient have deemed to be at high risk for developing such symptoms if their dental treatment is not performed within the next few weeks.

We will be calling our patients as we get more information to determine when we can reschedule your appointments. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding during this difficult time, as the situation will likely continue to change.

We are honored to be able to help our patients in any way during these difficult times. If you have any further questions about this situation or the Coronavirus, please feel free to contact us at (425)941-8037.

Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Sincerely,

The Southcenter Dental Team

Peace Out Braces

March 11th, 2020

Michelle, our Financial Coordinator finished her treatment today!

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Welcome Teresa to our practice!

February 28th, 2020

A couple weeks ago we said goodbye to our fabulous Hygienist Jenna. She has moved with her husband and is on to the next exciting stage in her life. We were blessed to have her part of our team and are excited for what her future brings.

We are excited to introduce Teresa into our dental family! Teresa graduated from Clark College with her Dental Hygiene degree in 2003. She is dedicated to providing quality patient care with a gentle touch. Her passion is to help the confidence of patients through preventive dental care and patient education. She is a Washington state native and loves cheering her Seahawks on with her family!! Go Hawks!

 

 

 

 

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