Dear valued patient,
In light of growing concerns about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, especially given its presence in the state of Oregon, we are writing to provide an update from our office.
First, we want to assure you that your health and safety is always our highest priority. Our office has been closely monitoring and adhering to recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and we have implemented additional sanitary and disinfecting measures in our office, in addition to our already very strict infection control practices. We have provided additional training and instructions on cleaning procedures to our entire dental team and have required that if staff are sick, they do not come to the office.
However, even with all these precautionary measures, the situation around COVID-19 is unprecedented. As health care leaders in Oregon, dentists across the state are making additional efforts to stop the spread and ultimately contain the virus.
To this end, at the recommendation of the American Dental Association and Oregon Dental Association, we are requesting patients to postpone all elective procedures and non-urgent visits through June 15th. For those patients that have appointments scheduled, a member of our staff will be in contact with you to re-schedule. We will remain available to treat patients on an emergency basis.
Again, the health and safety of our patients remains our top priority. Please contact our office at 541-548-4064 with any questions.
Thank you for your patience and understanding,
Keener Family Dentistry
- Dental emergencyDental emergencies are potentially life threatening and require immediate treatment to stop ongoing tissue bleeding, alleviate severe pain or infection, and include:
- Uncontrolled bleeding
- Cellulitis or a diffuse soft tissue bacterial infection with intra-oral or extra-oral swelling that potentially compromise the patient’s airway
- Trauma involving facial bones, potentially compromising the patient’s airway
Urgent dental care focuses on the management of conditions that require immediate attention to relieve severe pain and/or risk of infection and to alleviate the burden on hospital emergency departments. These should be treated as minimally invasively as possible.
- Severe dental pain from pulpal inflammation
- Pericoronitis or third-molar pain
- Surgical post-operative osteitis, dry socket dressing changes
- Abscess, or localized bacterial infection resulting in localized pain and swelling.
- Tooth fracture resulting in pain or causing soft tissue trauma
- Dental trauma with avulsion/luxation
- Dental treatment required prior to critical medical procedures
- Final crown/bridge cementation if the temporary restoration is lost, broken or causing gingival irritation
Other urgent dental care:
- Extensive dental caries or defective restorations causing pain
- Manage with interim restorative techniques when possible (silver diamine fluoride, glass ionomers)
- Suture removal
- Denture adjustment on radiation/oncology patients
- Denture adjustments or repairs when function impeded
- Replacing temporary filling on endo access openings in patients experiencing pain
- Snipping or adjustment of an orthodontic wire or appliances piercing or ulcerating the oral mucosa
- Dental non emergency proceduresRoutine or non-urgent dental proceduresinclude but are not limited to:
- Initial or periodic oral examinations and recall visits, including routine radiographs
- Routine dental cleaning and preventive therapies
- Orthodontic procedures other than those to address acute issues (e.g. pain, infection, trauma)
- Extraction of asymptomatic teeth
- Restorative dentistry including treatment of asymptomatic carious lesions
- Aesthetic dental procedures
As many of you know, I was gone for a chunk of time during the summer. I joined one of my good friends for an epic adventure riding bikes down the continental divide. I had no idea what I was in store for. I bought a bike-packing bike and equipped it to carry all my gear for the six-week gravel/dirt/trail ride. I knew it was going to be tough and physically challenging. I knew the scenery would be spectacular. What I didn’t know was how much I would enjoy the simplicity of getting from point A to point B each day, the power that each turn of the pedal had as it moved me forward, and how free I felt. I lived in the same clothes for six weeks. We rode 30 to 40 miles a day on roads far from civilization. We met people along the way which reaffirmed my faith in the human spirit, people who gave freely of their time and places ….asking nothing in return.
The best part of the adventure, however, was the fact that I could actually do it. In the past 25 years of providing dentistry in Redmond, most of my vacations were 7 to 10 days long. This year, however, I was leaving my practice in the hands of my son, Jed. He held down the fort while I was gone, and he did it with great ease and confidence. I know many of our patients saw him during the summer months and loved his skill, easy laugh, and gentle demeanor. What I learned when I got back from my trip was that I could let go and hand off my practice to Jed with the confidence and assurance that he would continue to provide each of our patients with great care and compassion.
To that means, on October 1, Jed became my new boss, and I have assumed the role of senior associate and part-time greeter. I couldn’t be happier for Jed as he takes over the reins. He will continue to offer a wide range of superior dental services. He is an unbelievably capable and attentive clinician. As for me, I still have a job and plan to work a couple of days a week. I will take more time off, however, to travel and volunteer.
Oh, and I still have the other half of the continental divide to ride.