Governor Abbott issued an executive order restricting healthcare professionals and facilities. According to the Executive Order No. GA-09, “beginning now and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on April 21, 2020, all licensed health care professionals and all licensed health care facilities shall postpone all surgeries and procedures that are not immediately medically necessary to correct a serious medical condition of, or to preserve the life of, a patient who without immediate performance of the surgery or procedure would be at risk for serious adverse medical consequences or death, as determined by the patient’s physician;”
“PROVIDED, however, that this prohibition shall not apply to any procedure that, if performed in accordance with the commonly accepted standard of clinical practice, would not deplete the hospital capacity or the personal protective equipment needed to cope with the COVID- 19 disaster.”
Since the Governor is addressing a shortage of hospital capacity, it is imperative that dental clinicians care for emergency patients in a timely manner rather than referring them to emergency facilities. The governor also pointed out in his comments that violation of executive orders could lead to potential fines and even jail time for those who do not comply.
March 19, 2020
Our country is facing a very unique challenge at this point in time. I would like to assure our patients that we are taking this challenge very seriously. Our patients and my team are the most important people to me beyond my family. It is vital that the steps be taken to protect them and that we do our part in quelling this virus outbreak.
Therefore, in accordance with the American Dental Association and the CBC our dental office is closing. We will have shortened hours and will be available for emergencies only. These emergencies include pain, infection and swelling. A lost filling or chipped tooth does not constitute an emergency.
Dental cleanings and basic dentistry will be postponed to a date that we are unsure of at this time.
If you are having a true dental emergency call our office at 713-941-8261. We will still be open Monday through Thursday. However, we have shortened our hours to 9-3.
We will continue to see our emergency patients or those experiencing any kind of dental pain, in order to “flatten the curve” and do our part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
We will continue to monitor the recommendations closely and update accordingly.
As healthcare professionals and a small business owner, this is a very difficult decision to make. I am praying for my employees and my patients. However, we want to do our part to help keep the community safe.
Again, we greatly appreciate your continued support and understanding during this difficult time. We look forward to having you and your families return to our office just as soon as possible.
I have been practicing dentistry for 20 years and I have been through many crises including 9/11, floods, hurricanes and other viral instances. My faith in the country tells me we will come out stronger and, hopefully, more united.
Love your families, check on your neighbors, help strangers. We will better if we do.
Yours in Dental Health,
Michael Nugent DDS
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