COVID-19 Update

Your Health and Safety Are Our Top Priorities

At Smile Surfers Kids Dentistry, our top priority is the health and well-being of our patients, families, and staff. In this unprecedented time, we are deeply committed to keeping everyone safe.

While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your family’s safety. Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice, as you may have observed during your visits. Our infection control processes are made so that when your child receives care, it’s both safe and comfortable.

Please be assured that Smile Surfer’s Kids Dentistry has implemented protocols to ensure the safety and protection of our patients and staff based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), American Dental Association (ADA), American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), Washington State Department of Health and Washington Industrial Safety and Health Administration (WISHA).

We follow the activities of these agencies to ensure that we are up to date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

  • Infection Control Procedures

    Our infection control procedures include, but are not limited to:

    • Routine Environmental Cleaning. While we always take care to be sure our facility is clean and sanitized on a regular basis, you will see more stringent care to all areas of our clinic. We are increasing our use of barriers (protective film) to further prevent any potential cross-contamination.
    • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Smile Surfers understands the importance of having the best PPE for both our patients and staff. We have acquired and will provide our team with the highest level of PPE for our patients and staff.
    • Employee Health Assessments. Our team is being screened daily for any signs of illness. Temperatures will be taken at the beginning and middle of each shift. Any team member with symptoms will not be permitted to return to work without clearance from an outside health professional.
  • Additional Changes for Your Safety

    Additional changes you can expect to see when it is time for your child’s next appointment include but are not limited to:

    • Patient Screenings. Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again before you enter the office.
    • Until further notice, we will be asking parents to call our office when they have arrived for their child’s appointment. Please remain in your vehicle until our team member can provide you with further instruction.
    • Because the safety of our team and community is important, Smile Surfers is asking patients and parents to refrain from entering our facility if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms. This includes but is not limited to fever, cough, and/or respiratory distress.
    • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. We are practicing social distancing and a team member will help direct you and your child to the appropriate area of the office.
    • We ask that only one parent or guardian accompany their child to the appointment. We will be taking temperatures of all individuals before they enter the building.
    • Any adult accompanying their child is asked to wear a face covering or mask. If your child will tolerate a face covering or mask, we ask that they wear one as well.
    • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
    • In the reception area, you will see that we have turned off the video games, removed toys, and closed the slide/play area. These items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
    • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.
  • Infection Control Procedures

    Our infection control procedures include, but are not limited to:

    • Routine Environmental Cleaning. While we always take care to be sure our facility is clean and sanitized on a regular basis, you will see more stringent care to all areas of our clinic. We are increasing our use of barriers (protective film) to further prevent any potential cross-contamination.
    • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Smile Surfers understands the importance of having the best PPE for both our patients and staff. We have acquired and will provide our team with the highest level of PPE for our patients and staff.
    • Employee Health Assessments. Our team is being screened daily for any signs of illness. Temperatures will be taken at the beginning and middle of each shift. Any team member with symptoms will not be permitted to return to work without clearance from an outside health professional.
  • Additional Changes for Your Safety

    Additional changes you can expect to see when it is time for your child’s next appointment include but are not limited to:

    • Patient Screenings. Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again before you enter the office. Please complete this form prior to your appointment:
      COVID Consent (English) | COVID Consent (Spanish)
    • Until further notice, we will be asking parents to call our office when they have arrived for their child’s appointment. Please remain in your vehicle until our team member can provide you with further instruction.
    • Because the safety of our team and community is important, Smile Surfers is asking patients and parents to refrain from entering our facility if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms. This includes but is not limited to fever, cough, and/or respiratory distress.
    • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. We are practicing social distancing and a team member will help direct you and your child to the appropriate area of the office.
    • We ask that only one parent or guardian accompany their child to the appointment. We will be taking temperatures of all individuals before they enter the building.
    • Any adult accompanying their child is asked to wear a face covering or mask. If your child will tolerate a face covering or mask, we ask that they wear one as well.
    • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
    • In the reception area, you will see that we have turned off the video games, removed toys, and closed the slide/play area. These items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
    • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.

Please understand that we are making every decision with the health and well-being of our patients, families, our team, and the community in mind. We wish all of you continued health, peace, and strength during this challenging time. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we are taking to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. Thank you for trusting us with your child’s dental care. From all of us at the Smile Surfers Team