Dentist Sandy Springs: We Will See You Now.

Sandy Springs Dentist near meDental offices were largely shuttered across the Georgia after being advised in March by the American Dental Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to close their practices to all but emergency care.  Many have closed entirely.

The hope was that by allowing dentists to continue to treat serious cases, those patients would stay out of hospital emergency rooms, where medical workers were busy treating severely ill Covid-19 patients. And because the personal protective gear dentists and other health care providers need was in short supply, routine dental checkups and cleanings were deemed nonessential at least initially.

Despite all the potential risks, the good news is that both the WHO and the CDC say there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 transmitted in a dental office to date. 

Although a weekly survey by the ADA of dental practices nationwide found that the volume of patients had reached 65% of pre-COVID-19 levels as of June 22, we know at least some patients continue to be worried enough to stay away, even if they’re in pain or overdue for important procedures such as gum surgery.

Delaying checkups or care for dental pain can potentially turn a small cavity into a root canal or tooth extraction and add to treatment time, higher costs and even more pain,

Remember, dentists have a vested interest in taking all possible precautions. We are typically 12 to 18 inches away from our patients, and to do our work we have to lean close in to what currently is the most infectious part of a person if they have COVID-19 — their mouth.

Remember, infectious disease specialists note, that we all have important responsibilities as patients to let the dentist know before or on the day of the appointment if you’re feeling sick in any way. We’re all in this together, so if you’re sick, stay home. Contact us and reschedule.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Bock, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

Howard Abrahams, DDS

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Sandy Springs, GA 30328

404-256-3620

and

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

Sandy Springs Dentist: Are We Safe Now?

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Dental offices are and always have been some of the safest spaces for treatment. The profession has been well aware of proper infection control practices for many, many years.

The fact is, nobody likes change. We settle into a routine with our care, and we’d prefer to keep it that way. However, none of us can control circumstances that necessitate change, so we have changed some of the ways in which we practice so we can maintain safety for us and for you. 

There was a similar situation in the mid-80s when the AIDS virus was identified. As an ’86 graduate, my new training mandated gloves, mask, or protective eyewear. I adapted to the new level of PPE back then, as I will eventually adjusted to the new mandates Covid-19 dictates today.

Our use proper PPE, use pre-procedural rinses, and the installation of high evacuation systems, will help us remain safe during this pandemic and beyond.

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every person in every state, and I think it is safe to say that all of us are having the same troubling thoughts that you might be having.

So now, we must practice to the highest levels of infection control, not because we have evidence of the virus in aerosols but because we don’t have evidence that it is not transmissible in the aerosols that come from our patient’s mouth. As a result, we also mandate that our patients wear masks except for when their actual dental procedures are occurring. We take your temperature, ask you to rinse with Chlorohexidine and wash your hands before we take you back for your care.

Our patients need us, and the care we provide helps them live a healthier life. We feel it is a noble calling. So please don’t be afraid.  Contact us to keep up your oral health care.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Bock, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

Howard Abrahams, DDS

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Sandy Springs, GA 30328

404-256-3620

and

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

COVID-19: What to Expect: Sandy Springs Dentist

Sandy Springs Dentist near meThe COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot of things about our daily lives. Your regular visits to the dentist have changed, too. We  are reopened and seeing patients for non-emergency appointments. Here’s what you can expect at your next appointment.

Before Your Appointment

To help make sure that patients arriving for their appointments are healthy, we ask you some questions about your current health.  We also ask that you limit the number of people you bring to the appointment.  That could mean leaving your children at home or allowing older children to go into the office alone while their parent waits outside during their appointment.

At Your Appointment

We are requiring people to wear masks in public, so be sure to wear one to your appointment. When you arrive at the dental office, you may be asked to wait outside until we’re ready for you. This will reduce the number of people in the office and reduce the amount of time you’re close to other people. When you enter the office, we have your temperature taken.

Inside the office, we ask that you wash your hands and gargle.  And you may notice things people often touch in the waiting room – like toys or magazines – have been removed. We have hand sanitizer available for you to use and may wipe down items you touch, such as pens, clipboards or furniture.

When you’re in the dental chair, you may notice some things look different from the last time you were there. We have covered the computer’s keyboard with a disposable cover so it can be easily cleaned between patients as an example. We may also be using different protective equipment than they’ve used at previous appointments. This could include different masks, face shields, gowns and goggles. These additional precautions help protect you, me and our staff.

After Your Appointment

After your appointment is over, the staff will thoroughly clean the areas where you’ve been using disinfectants that are effective against the virus that causes COVID-19 to prepare for the next patient. This helps reduce the risk of illness being passed to others.

If you start feeling ill with the symptoms of COVID-19 within 14 days of your appointment, call the dental office. You may have already been carrying the virus at the time of your appointment, so anyone who came into contact with you during that time could be at risk for getting sick too.

Remember, regular dental visits are an essential part of your overall heath. Be sure to reschedule your dental checkups. Our ADA dentists will make sure your visit is as safe as possible for everyone involved.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Bock, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

Howard Abrahams, DDS

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Sandy Springs, GA 30328

404-256-3620

And

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

Sandy Springs Dentist: Teeth Cleanings and Covid-19

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Oral Hygiene can reduce the incidence of and death resulting from pneumonia and respiratory tract infect which may help prevent Covid-19 respiratory effects.  There is good evidence that mechanical oral hygiene practices reduce the progression or occurrence of respiratory diseases in high-risk elderly people in nursing homes or hospitals.  Mechanical oral hygiene practices may prevent the death of about one in 10 elderly residents of nursing homes from health care-associated pneumonia.

Daily attention to oral hygiene reduces the occurrence of health care associated pneumonia and lower respiratory tract infections among high-risk elderly people in nursing homes and hospitals. The results of the studies indicated a correlation between poorer oral hygiene or deficient denture hygiene and pneumonia or respiratory tract infections.  Part of this study included the use of chlorhexidine rinse, which is a part of our protocol prior to treating you in our offices.[i]

So don’t be afraid to have your teeth cleaned, it’s good for you in your fight against Covid-19. Call us for your cleaning appointment.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Bock, MS, DMD      

Hanna Orland, DMD

Howard Abrahams, DDS

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Sandy Springs, GA 30328

404-256-3620

And

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com


[i] Oral Care AB, Goteberg, Sweden, Sjogren P. Nilsson and Forsell M. Johansson.

Sandy Springs Oral Health and IBD

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The health of your teeth provide clues to your overall health, and even give clues to health issues that did not originate in the mouth.  Some known conditions such as heart disease, lung infections, and diabetes are related to poor oral health.  And now researchers from the University of Michigan Medical and Dental School discovered that inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that included Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis may be the latest condition made worse by poor oral health.[i]

The precise mechanism by which oral infection contributes to the pathogenesis of extra-oral diseases unfortunately remains unclear.  The study indicates that periodontal inflammation exacerbates gut inflammation in living organisms.

The study revealed two pathways where oral bacteria worsened gut inflammation. In the first pathway, periodontitis leads to an imbalance in the normal healthy microbiome found in the mouth, with an increase of bacteria that cause inflammation to the gums. These bacteria then make their way to the gut.

And the second pathway revealed that periodontitis activates the immune system’s T cells in the mouth. Those T cells travel to the gut where they, also worsen inflammation.

The researchers noted that their findings imply that clinical outcomes in IBD may be improved by monitoring and treatment of your oral inflammation, and may give hope for those patients whose treatments fail and lead to reduced quality of life and eventual surgery.

We provide a variety of hygiene treatment to help reduce oral inflammation.  Call us for your hygiene needs. We have both in-network and out-of network programs available depending on your insurance benefits.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Bock, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

Howard Abrahams, DDS

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Sandy Springs, GA 30328

404-256-3620

And

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com


[i] The mouse study titled, “The intermucosal connection between the mouth and gut in commensal pathobiont-driven colitis,” is published in Cell and led by Nobuhiko Kamada, PhD, assistant professor of internal medicine in the division of gastroenterology.

The Challenges of Pandemic Dental Care

We always did a lot with respect to personal protective equipment and keeping the office clean, and now we’re tweaking what we already did to be even safer.Sandy Springs Dentist near me

The planning, communication, and coordination are the key elements to prepare for any future visits and treatment.  The goals of these strategies are obviously to decrease the possibility of Covid-19 infect.

As dental health-care providers, we encourage our patients to be informed and come prepared after reading our website. 

Our dental offices supplement masks and tissues in the front office areas for patients (if you don’t have any) and we always request the practice good hand hygiene.

First and foremost, everyone should know that the health and safety of our staff and patients to the Sandy Springs and Chamblee offices has always been, and continues to be, a 1st-Priority of the Right Smile Center.

With the advent of COVID-19, and the fact that we all will be dealing with its presence for many months to come, we have further bolstered our already existing infection control environment and protocols to define the new-norm for all staff and patients.

At a minimum, all patients will be asked to:

  1. Wait outside until called for treatment
  2. Have their current temperature taken
  3. Wash or sanitize their hands
  4. Perform an oral rinse to further reduce the likelihood of Covid-19 spread.

With these protocols and many unseen protocols in-place, we believe that our office will continue to be a safe environment for all patients, and we will continue to monitor recommended care protocols and make further adjustments as warranted and prudent.

Please contact us if you have additional concerns to discuss, but rest assured we are doing everything necessary for you and our staff to have a safe interaction.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Bock, MS, DMD

Hanna Scheinfeld, DMD

Howard Abrahams, DDS

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Sandy Springs, GA 30328

404-256-3620

And

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

Atlanta Dentist: Dr. Novy Scheinfeld is an Emory trained Prosthodontist

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The right smile, like all good things in life, is a collaborative effort of your input and our expertise.   We’ve found that by truly engaging our patients, visits become more of a pleasurable experience, rather than just a necessity.

Our metro Atlanta (Sandy Springs) dental office is open four days a week, but on occasion we schedule patients who need additional treatment time on Fridays.  We see emergency cases immediately and provide our patients with 24/7 access to your dentist via mobile numbers.

In addition, your entire family is welcome in our office.   We have as many as four generations in the practice at any one time.  We offer comprehensive family care coupled with expert training and modern technology, bringing what we consider to be the best of contemporary dentistry in Atlanta.

You are definitely more than a patient to us; you’re an individual with unique concerns and needs.  And you’re the reason we are here.  Sidney or I are dedicated to taking the time to learn about you and your needs, and then, and only then develop a practical treatment plan to create the right smile. We’ll discuss options and explain procedures, all of which may involve multiple of techniques and disciplines.

Your smile is the first thing people notice and our goal and training is to help you smile.  But we want to make sure it’s the right smile, one that’s natural and comfortable for you.  If you have questions, please ask. And if we can do anything to make you more comfortable, let us know. We are here to serve you and we have a history of making oral healthcare easy and convenient for your lifestyle.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Bock, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

Howard Abrahams, DDS

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Sandy Springs, GA 30328

404-256-3620

and

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

FAQ of the Right Smile Center

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Drs. Zoey, Novy and HannaWhat type of insurance does the practice take?
We will be happy to work with most dental insurance programs and process your forms at no charge. We will accept assignment of benefits for the portion covered by insurance and will help you make financial arrangements for your personal balance.

We are an out of network provider, but we do have an in-network provider on staff. Our business office staff will assist you in determining what portion of your treatment is covered by insurance. We will strive to help you obtain your maximum benefits by prompt and efficient processing of your claims. When questions arise regarding your insurance, please feel free to ask. Please bring your insurance card or papers on the first visit. We will help you in every way possible. Please understand that you are ultimately responsible for payment of all services. Should your insurance not cover what is predicted, you will be responsible to pay any uncovered portion.

Does the practice offer financing? 
We are sensitive to the financial concerns of our patients. Most dental insurance programs simply don’t cover some or all of the treatments you and your family may require. Drs. Scheinfelds, Orland & Tourial have developed financing services that help meet these expenses. Speak to our patient services coordinator to find out how we can help develop solutions to your financial concerns so that you may receive the treatment that you need.

What are my payment options?
We accept most major credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, American Express & Discover). For your convenience, we will also assist you with billing your insurance for your treatment plan at no additional cost to you.

If you have more financial questions
Our Patient and Insurance Coordinator will be happy to answer any of your financial questions. She can be reached by calling our Sandy Springs, GA dentist’s office at 404-256-3620 or our Chamblee offece at 770-455-6076 . If you would like to contact her by email at info@rightsmilecenter.com.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Bock, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

Howard Abrahams, DDS

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

and

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

Dentist Sandy Springs, We Are Open and Safe

To date in the United States, significant numbers of healthcare providers who have tested positive for COVID-19 have been identified in either hospital settings or long-term care facilities, but no clusters have yet been reported in dental settings or among dental health care providers.

What most fail to consider in these situations is the health and safety of the dentists and dental hygienists, who are actually much more at risk for contracting COVID-19 than patients. It comes down to proper PPE, which dental staff wear face masks and protective eyewear, while patients obviously cannot. Face coverings and other PPE are designed to keep germs away from healthy individuals when an infected person is wearing a mask, not necessarily vice-versa.

Also, as you probably know, those dental procedures are often pretty messy—teeth cleaning, water flossing, and other similar procedures can potentially spray viral particles in greater amounts and longer distances throughout a dental office onto the dentists and their staff, only adding to the possibility of infection. Ultimately, the chances of a patient being infected by a dentist are much, much lower than a patient infecting a dentist. The biggest exposure is going into somebody’s mouth. It’s the dentist and dental office that are truly the ones at risk.

Even before the pandemic, dental offices were required to maintain rigorous hygiene practices. When open during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Right Smile Center enforces social distancing between all individuals in the office—patients and staff—when not wearing personal protective equipment, and routinely disinfecting common surfaces in waiting rooms, including doorknobs, countertops, light switches and pens.

So while you are concerned, we are making every effort to keep you and our staff safe from infection. We look forward to see you, because we are open.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Bock, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

Howard Abrahams, DDS

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Sandy Springs, GA 30328

404-256-3620

And

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

www.rightsmilecenter.com

Info@rightsmilecenter.com

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New Covid-19 CDC Guidance

COVID-19 is a new disease and we are still learning about how it spreads. It may be possible for COVID-19 to spread in other ways, but according to the CDC’s lates guidance, this are not thought to be the main ways the virus spreads.

  • From touching surfaces or objects. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, but we are still learning more about this virus.

While are still taking extraordinary precautions to disinfect all surfaces from the front door to all surfaces in our operatories, this may be over-kill. Please know that we are adjusting to this novel virus as we learn more about it.

We are open and look forward to treating you and yours in both Sandy Springs and Chamblee.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Bock, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

Howard Abrahams, DDS

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Sandy Springs, GA 30328

404-256-36920

and

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

info@rightsmilecenter.com

http://www.rightsmilecenter.com