At Gladnick Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we’re sensitive to the needs of our Rockville patients and community during this difficult time. Although we’ve closed our dental office for routine check-ups and exams through April 8, 2020, per ADA recommendations to help slow the spread of COVID-19, we’re here to help you get through any dental emergencies that arise in the meantime.
When can you treat my dental emergency?
We know that dental emergencies tend to strike at the most inconvenient times and don’t take a vacation even during worldwide pandemics.
While your routine and daily life have no doubt changed over the last few weeks, we assure you that the quality of our dental care has not. Our goal is always to see you with a healthy smile and to keep you out of pain—which means if you have a dental emergency, we want to help immediately.
If you experience a dental emergency in Rockville, MD, or are in extreme dental pain, don’t wait to pick up the phone and call us. Dr. Thomas Gladnick and Dr. Elizabeth Gladnick can still treat your dental emergency right here in our dental office, and we’ll always do our best to see you that same day.
Should I wait to get treatment for my dental emergency until after the COVID-19 outbreak?
No! If you have a severely damaged tooth or an oral injury, you need immediate medical attention.
At Gladnick Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we’re prepared to fix your broken tooth even during the coronavirus outbreak. Although we have temporarily paused our non-emergency dental appointments, we remain fully equipped to handle dental emergencies and provide the pain relief you need.
You should contact our Rockville dentists right away if you experience:
- A bleeding tooth or severe oral bleeding
- A powerful or sudden toothache
- A knocked-out tooth
- A broken jaw
- A chipped or broken tooth
How is your dental office staying clean and protecting people from the coronavirus?
Even though most of our dental staff are staying home, we continue to adhere to our sterilization protocols and cleaning practices throughout our dental office.
During a health crisis—or during any routine exam or cleaning—our dental office is one of the cleanest, most sterile places you can be. We follow a rigorous, thorough procedure for keeping our treatment rooms and common spaces clean, safe, and germ-free every day of the year.
Because we know our job involves personal contact with our patients, we keep our treatment areas pristine to protect everyone involved. We value our patients’ safety and the safety of our dental staff and dentists above all else.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, also known as “OSHA,” mandates that dental offices across the country use special, medical-grade disinfectants and cleaners to sterilize dental instruments, treatment rooms, exam chairs, and waiting areas. We use these cleaners multiple times each day to protect those who work here and those who visit us.
Much of the equipment you observe throughout our dental practice, including needles, prophy tips, prophy cups, bibs, and plastic sleeves, are only used once before we properly dispose of them.
Our dental team thoroughly sterilizes all multi-use instruments, such as metal handpieces, using a heated pressure chamber known as an autoclave. We only use these instruments once before we package them up and prepare them for their nightly sterilization.
During the coronavirus outbreak and at all times throughout the year, we ask our patients to avoid visiting us if they feel ill and have symptoms such as a cough, fever, body aches, chills, or runny nose out of respect to our other patients and our staff.
What should I do if I have a dental emergency in Rockville?
We are here to provide the highest quality dental service every single day, including throughout the COVID-19 crisis. If you have a dental emergency, don’t wait to get in touch with us by calling (301) 690-9720 and following the instructions provided in our recorded message. Our dental team will get you out of pain and your mouth back to functioning in no time.
We wish you and your family well during this challenging time. We are grateful to be your emergency dentist in Rockville, MD, and look forward to providing you with excellent comprehensive dental care again soon!