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.
The Southcenter Dental Team