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Updated infection control measures

John W. McGehee Jr., DMD, MS

May 9, 2020

Dear Valued Patients:

We hope you and your family are in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your health and safety.


Infection control has always been a top priority of our practice as you have seen during prior visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable.


Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. Our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.


You will see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We are implementing these changes to help protect our patients and staff.  


• Our office will communicate with you prior to your appointment to ask some screening questions. You will also be asked these same questions upon your arrival to our office and a staff member will record your body temperature.


• We will have hand sanitizer in the office foyer that we ask you to use as you enter the office. Our team will also give you hand sanitizer to use upon entering and exiting the operatory.


• Our waiting room will no longer offer refreshments or magazines.


• Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. This may mean you will be offered fewer options for scheduling appointments. Please communicate with us as soon as possible if you need to cancel an appointment due to other patients waiting to be scheduled.


• We ask that you remain in your vehicle and call our office upon arrival of your appointment. A staff member will then contact you when we are ready to seat you to avoid patients in the waiting area.


• Extra companions will not be allowed to accompany you to your appointments. If needed, only one care giver can accompany you to reduce the number of people in the office.


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 304-342-4481.


Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients and friends.


Best regards,

John W. McGehee Jr., and team


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