Our practice will open for emergencies only.
First and foremost, the safety and well-being of our patients, community, and staff are always our highest priorities. The current COVID-19 situation is changing rapidly, and we want to reassure you we are monitoring the most up-to-date guidance from multiple trusted sources, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the American Dental Association, and more. As a practice, we follow CDC and OSHA guidelines to prevent the spread of infectious diseases at all times. Please be assured we’re committed to providing a safe experience for all of our guests, as always!
“Should I reschedule my appointment?”
By order of Governor Inslee all dental offices in the state of Washington are prohibited from seeing patients for routine dental care. The order is in place to decrease burden on hospitals from the severe shortage of masks available. We are allowed to see patients for emergencies only. If you think you have a dental emergency please call us before heading to ER. We want to relieve the burden on our emergency room workers.
The following is a guideline for an emergency situation:
Urgent dental care focuses on the management of conditions that require immediate attention to relieve severe pain and/or risk of infection and to alleviate the burden on hospital emergency departments. These should be treated as minimally invasively as possible.
- Severe dental pain from pulpal inflammation
- Pericoronitis or third molar (wisdom tooth) pain
- Surgical post-operative osteitis, dry socket dressing changes
- Abscess, or localized bacterial infection resulting in localized pain and swelling.
- Tooth fracture resulting in pain or causing soft tissue trauma
- Dental trauma with avulsion/luxation
- Dental treatment required prior to critical medical procedures
- Final crown/bridge cementation if the temporary restoration is lost, broken or causing gingival irritation
We will be reaching out to you to reschedule your appointment after May 18th. If you are experiencing any of the emergency situations listed above, please call the office at 206-526-1437. If you are unsure or unclear, please don’t hesitate to call.
Additional information regarding COVID-19
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is central to responding to this threat and a good source of information. More information regarding how to protect yourself can be found on their website. The CDC provides dentists with a list of Standard Precautions, which we have followed for years and will always continue to follow. Their guidelines are instrumental in keeping our patients and staff safe as well as preventing the spread of any infection. Additional resources:
- CDC COVID-19 Fact Sheet
- ADA Coronavirus Resource Center for Dentists Save & Exit
- ADA Coronavirus FAQ
- PROCLAMATION BY THE GOVERNOR AMENDING PROCLAMATION 20-05
Here’s a few words from Dr. Fidler:
Be assured your health and safety will continue to be our top priority as this situation develops! Let’s work together to keep everyone safe and healthy!
From your friends at Fidler on the Tooth:
Dr. Fidler, Dr. Wang, and Staff