CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Important Information about Coronavirus COVID-19

Jenkins, Morrow & Gayheart Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is committed to providing a safe environment for you, as well as all of our other patients and staff.

We understand your concerns about the spread of the Coronavirus. We are monitoring the updates from the CDC, KBOD, ADA, and the KDA daily and following and implementing their guidelines as seamlessly as we can.

Infection Control

Drs. Jenkins, Morrow and Gayheart as well as the entire team at JMG Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery follows procedures recommended by several federal agencies: the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as well as the local Kentucky Board of Dentistry.

These measures include:

  • Disinfectant hand soap/sanitizer
  • Gloves and face masks and required PPE
  • Chemical disinfection of countertops and surfaces
  • Sterilization of all equipment before every use
  • Disposable materials

JMG Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery sterilizes all reusable equipment, including the impaction drills. All locations use an autoclave, a device that kills bacteria and viruses by steam, heat and pressure.

This is the current action requested by our governor, the board of dentistry and American dental association as well as the American medical association and the Kentucky medical association….

Statement on COVID-19

This action is being taken in response to the impact of the novel coronavirus outbreak in Kentucky and across the nation.

When Governor Andy Beshear asked that non-emergency medical procedures cease until further notice, he and Commissioner Steven Stack intended for dental procedures to be part of this request. In that light, the Kentucky Board of Dentistry is asking all health care providers (including dentists, dental specialists and hygienists) to reschedule all elective dental care which will not negatively affect the patient. This should begin as soon as possible and continue until advised otherwise by the Department for Public Health.

Due to the nature of this respiratory illness, the Board highly encourages its licensees to utilize rubber dam or similar isolation whenever possible for patients that must be seen. These actions will not only protect our patients but you as a licensee, your employees and their families.

We understand the financial difficulties this decision may cause some of our providers and their staff. However, it is imperative that all health care providers in the state are on the same page in order to “flatten the curve” and beat this disease. 

Please stay up to date on COVID-19 in Kentucky by visiting KYCovid19.ky.gov or dentistry.ky.gov.

Current Office Policy for Patient Care

As a result we are changing our availability in order to comply with the current request and help flatten the curve of the virus spread.

Moving forward we will be postponing elective consults and procedures such as dental implants and extraction of non-infected and non-painful teeth until we are able to return to normal practice as directed by the governor and departments of health.

We will remain open for non-elective therapies including the treatment of patients in dental pain, patients with infection and/or swelling as well as any other pathological conditions or those who need treatment due to trauma or accidents.

Patients and referring doctors are asked to call for appointments in order to limit waiting room traffic and will be asked specific questions related to symptoms, travel history and potential exposure to the virus prior to scheduling.  Every precaution will be taken to help keep patients, staff members and doctors safe in the delivery of this care.

We will continue to deliver the highest level of care to all patients and will navigate these times daily with the faith that soon we will all be able to return to our normal routines.