Dental Hygiene students working on a patient

We are following the guidelines for return to practice published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC Guidance For Dental Practices), the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department (T-PCHD), and the Washington State Department of Health (WA DOH).

Our new facility in the Glacier Building on Level Two continues to meet, and exceed, environmental recommendations, including Surgical Air Purifying Units and more than six feet between dental chairs separated by near full height cabinet dividers. Our practice processes continue to minimize risk to our patients, students, and employees.

As standard procedure and in compliance with WA State Laws, we appreciate your compliance with wearing a mask at all times while in our dental facility, except as a patient during your treatment.

What to Expect When Contacted by Your Student Provider and at Your Appointment

We value your health and wellness and continue to ask the following questions at every appointment and when confirming your appointment with us.

Travel Questions

  • Have you traveled out of the country (USA) or to any non-contiguous Washington states within the last 14 days?
  • Have you been in close contact with anyone who has traveled to any of those areas within the last 14 days?
  • Have you had close contact with or cared for someone diagnosed with or pending test results of COVID-19 within the last 14 days?

Wellness Question

  • Do you have, or have had in the past 48 hours, any of the following new symptoms?
    Fever or Chills, Cough, Shortness of Breath or Difficulty Breathing, Fatigue, Muscle or Body Aches, New Loss of Taste, New Loss of Smell, Sore Throat, Congestion, Runny Nose, Headache, Diarrhea, Nausea, or Vomiting.

If you answer yes to one of the questions, or we identify that you are exhibiting symptoms of a respiratory or other infection that could place you, other patients, students, or employees at risk if we rendered care to you on the day of your appointment, you will be rescheduled until you are symptom free or have recovered from your illness or condition.  

We will evaluate each situation individually and follow the current TPCHD, CDC, Department of Health, and/or best practice guidelines for treatment of patients in our dental clinic.

Additional Practice Process Changes

In addition to our standard infection control processes, we are implementing recommendations provided by the American Dental Association (ADA), based on the current Center for Disease Control guidelines for COVID-19 and Respiratory Pathogens.

As guidelines and laws are updated, we will update our protocols to comply.