Updated: March 27, 2020 at 6:02 PM
To the valued patients and families of Scott Orthodontics,
Thank you for entrusting us with your care. We will never take this responsibility lightly. We have been closely following updates, recommendations and mandates from the CDC, WHO, the state of Florida, and our national and local dental and orthodontic associations. The current recommendations are for “social distancing” to prevent close interpersonal contact and minimize the possibility to transmit the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to others, even if you are not showing any signs of the illness.
Through the issueance of Executive Order 20-72, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has mandated the prohibition of any medically unnecessary, non-urgent or non-emergency procedure or surgery in the state of Florida. Dentists are still required to see emergency patients. All non-essential, elective medical or surgical procedures, including dental procedures, are included in order to conserve medical supplies and resources, preserve essential resources and control the potential spread of COVID-19.
This is the offical declaration of a public health emergency, which was filed on March 9 and expires 60 days from then: May 8.
Therefore, we will limit our care to only urgent or emergency procedues through May 10, 2020. We plan to re-open on May 11. Any appointments scheduled between now and May 10 will be postponed. If you have an appointment during that time frame, you will hear from our office by the first week of May to reschedule your appointment for a time that works for you after May 8. In the meantime, if you have immediate questions or concerns about your treatment and would like to consult a doctor, follow this link to initiate a virtual checkup.
Dr. Greg Scott and Dr. Jon Scott will also be on call for any concerns or orthodontic emergencies. Our office phone number is 863-709-1941. From there, please follow the prompts to be connected to a doctor, send a text message or leave a voice message.
If you are in treatment: This brief delay in treatment will not cause any significant extension to your total treatment time and will do no harm. It is important to maintain excellent dental hygiene, continue to wear elastics as instructed (if applicable), and remember to follow the instructions we provided to you to prevent bracket breakage. Our appliances and super-elastic wires are designed to deliver forces over an extended period of time. So you can rest assured that while you are waiting for your next appointment, your braces or Invisalign will continue to work.
By suspending our daily operations, we will reduce our consumption of essential personal protective equipment (PPE) and sanitation supplies that are in critically short supply at hospitals across the nation. We will also reduce the risk of being a vector in spreading the virus in our community and help protect those who are most vulnerable.
We do not take this decision lightly and have carefully considered the ramifications to our patients and staff. We know that this is an inconvenience. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this unprecedented event. We will continue to post updates on our social media accounts and our website and will send necessary communication if our status changes. We hope you and your family are able to stay calm and healthy.
Gregory P. Scott, DDS, MS
Jonathan D. Scott, DMD, MS