Dear Patients, Family, and Friends,
As always at Oak Valley Dental Associates, we strive to take care of our patients and their health--and this goes beyond just the teeth and mouth. Due to elevated concerns of the coronavirus, its transmission, and the multiple unknowns that continue to surround this developing pandemic, we have suspended our normal operations and limited our care to urgent and emergent appointments only.
On Monday, March 16 at 5pm, OVDA suspended all routine and elective care, including cleanings, for at least 2-3 weeks. We thought this was the most efficient way to prevent unnecessary disease spread and to prevent this pandemic from taxing the critical health care resources that will be necessary to provide care to those for whom illness is most severe. This was in line with the recommendations from the Michigan Dental Association, American Dental Association and other public health officials.
On Friday, March 20, Michigan's Governor, Gretchen Whitmer, signed an Executive Order 2020-17, which imposes temporary restrictions on non-essential medical and dental procedures. This means every dentist in Michigan must comply, it is not just a recommendation. The order is in effect until the termination of the COVID-19 State of Emergency. Therefore, OVDA will be closed until further notice, per the orders of Governor Whitmer. We hope that these extreme actions now will help to serve our community and patients while protecting our ability to continue to provide the important dental care for patients in dire need.
While we are unsure of the exact, time-specific details of how this pandemic will play out, we will constantly monitor things and resume normal operations as soon as it is safe and prudent to do so, with the clearing from the state. If you are an existing patient and experience a dental urgency or emergency during this suspension, we encourage you to call our office (734-761-1122) and follow the instructions on the voicemail. This will allow you to get in touch directly with one of our doctors who will help screen and arrange appropriate care.
These are extremely difficult times for all, and we appreciate your understanding and support as we move forward. Together, we can "flatten the curve" and make it through this time and come out the other side stronger and healthier than before. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this will cause to many people and look forward to tending to your regular dental and health needs as timely as possible. In the meantime, we wish the best to all other healthcare providers fighting this pandemic, and wish our community and patients safety and good health.
Your OVDA Team