Letter to our patients COVID-19

To All Our Valued Patients:

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. We truly appreciate all your patience and understanding while we have been shut down during this pandemic. We are all looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained constant: our commitment to your health and safety.

We will be reopening our clinic on June 2nd with new protocols to keep patients and team members safe.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice, and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. In anticipation of reopening, we have spent many hours studying the recommendations by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), American Dental Association (ADA) and the Wisconsin Dental Association (WDA) regarding safely treating patients during the pandemic. These recommendations have led to new protocols at Dentistry by Design which are outlined on the page below. Our team has undergone training on these new protocols, and we are committed to putting safety first.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. As we work to catch up on delayed treatment, please be patient with us.

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.
 
Sincerely,
Dr. Sledge and Team 

COVID-19 Update

 

Important Information Regarding COVID-19 in Office Safety Procedures

Our Team
Every team member will have their temperature taken and will fill out a health questionnaire before staring work for the day. Team members displaying symptoms of any illness, or who have been in contact with anyone displaying symptoms of illness, will be given time off as needed until it is determined they can safely return to work. Each member of our team has received training in techniques and the use of additional personal protective equipment designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, each member of our team has received training on how to implement social distancing in the dental clinic.

What to Expect Before Your Appointment:
Prior to your appointment, we will contact you to ask a series of questions designed to assess both your risk level for COVID-19 as well as to screen you for any COVID-19 symptoms or exposure. If you have any flu like symptoms, have recently traveled to high risk areas, or have been exposed to anyone infected by COVID-19 within the past 2 weeks, we will have to reschedule your appointment.

What to Expect During Your Appointment:
To ensure your safety, our goal is to keep the number of people in the clinic to a minimum. Therefore, we are currently unable to allow companions to accompany patients to their appointments unless the patient is a minor child or requires assistance. If a companion is required, please chose someone who does not have increased risk factors for COVID-19. For the protection of our team and other patients, companions will not be allowed in the dental operatories at this time.

We will be continuously wiping all surfaces, door handles, pens, and any other areas of concern with medical grade disinfecting wipes.

You may see that our waiting room will no longer have a beverage station, magazines, or children’s toys since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.

We have adjusted our schedule to allow spacing between patient visits. This will eliminate patients sitting in the waiting room and, also the need for the doctor to move between two patients at the same time. 

We will be checking your temperature and your companion’s temperature, if you require one, upon your arrival. We will also review the COVID-19 screening questions with you.
We will be wearing additional Personal Protective Equipment during procedures that produce aerosols such as fillings and crowns. You can expect to see us adding face shields, KN95 masks, and gowns.

You will see the addition of Plexiglas in the reception area, and HEPA filtration in the treatment rooms.

Our Commitment to Inform You:
While we have put forward an excellent plan to mitigate COVID-19 risks for our patients and team, we cannot guarantee that someone will not become inadvertently exposed to the virus while in our clinic. If a recent patient or team member is diagnosed with COVID-19, our protocol is to temporarily close the clinic for professional disinfecting, contact the County Health Department to report the infection and contact any patients who were present in the clinic during, or after the infected person was present.

Our Sister Bay Dental Office Retains Name Amid Ownership Changes of Other Practices

Our Sister Bay dental office, located at 2645 S. Bay Shore Drive in Sister Bay has retained the Dentistry by Design name amid ownership changes of the other two practices, making it the only Dentistry by Design in Door County as of January 1, 2020.

Dr. John Sledge, owner of Dentistry by Design in Sister Bay, bought the practice in  2018 from Dr. Paul Feit and continued to operate as part of the Dentistry by Design family of practices, which included locations in Sister Bay, Sturgeon Bay and Algoma. Recently Dr. Feit sold his Sturgeon Bay and Algoma practices. These practices assumed new names with the ownership change as of January 1st.  The Sister Bay practice owned and operated by Dr. Sledge will remain as Dentistry by Design.

“I really want my patients to know that this change in ownership of the other practices will not impact our office, other than we will now be the only Dentistry by Design in the county. They will continue to see the familiar faces at our office that they have come to know over the years and can expect the same level of service and commitment to their oral health from our team that they are used to. I sincerely wish the best to the new owners of the other locations as well as Dr. Feit as he continues to practice dentistry at his practice in Florida.” stated Dr. Sledge.

Donation Supports 16 Area Kindergarten Classrooms

Dentistry by Design recently had the opportunity to present 16 area kindergarten teachers with donations for use in each of their classrooms.  Kindergarten teachers at Algoma, Gibraltar, Sevastopol, Southern Door and Sturgeon Bay public schools each received a $200 donation as a result of our most recent Volunteer Day held at our Sturgeon Bay, Sister Bay an Algoma practices.  The funds were presented to the teachers with the flexibility to use in a manor they felt would best benefit their students and enhance the overall classroom experience. 

“With our most recent volunteer day funds, we knew we wanted to give back to the schools once again and the teachers that play such a pivotal role in our children’s lives.  We selected the 5K teachers because there are many things they need for their classrooms and more often than not their budgets are small so they end up using their own money to stock their rooms. With this donation they can hopefully buy extra books, plan a fun field trip or a class party and not worry where the money will come from.” – Dr. Gina Grenfell, co-owner of Dentistry by Design Sturgeon Bay.

“My mother was a teacher for 28 years.  Growing up I experienced first-hand the dedication of time, energy and resources it took to ensure that her students had the best experience possible. So, being able to utilize my professional skills along with those of our team members as a way to give back to area teachers is such a wonderful gift. We really want them to know we appreciate all that they do!” – Dr. John Sledge, owner of Dentistry by Design Sister Bay.

Dentistry by Design’s Volunteer Day is a collaboration between our team members and patients.  It combines the skills of our team with the needs of our patients as a means to give back to the community.

We aim to have three volunteer days a year at each of our three locations; Sturgeon Bay, Sister Bay and Algoma.  On each of those days our team members volunteer their time and talents to provide dental care to our patients. Two-thirds of that half day’s production is donated back to the community, with only a third retained to cover expenses like lab fees and supplies that pertain to that specific day.  Our team members that volunteer their time, collectively agree on how they want the funds to be distributed in the community.

Since the inception of the program in 2014, with the help of our patients we have proudly donated over $76,600 to individuals and families in need as well as various groups and organizations in the Door and Kewaunee County communities. Thank you to all who have made this possible as we could not have done it without you!

School Supply Donation Request

In an effort to help our local schools we are collecting new school supplies at each of our dental offices; Sturgeon Bay, Sister Bay and Algoma. We have contributed items and would love for you to join us in this effort of stocking classrooms around the county.  

If you are interested in donating, please drop off your donation items at any one of our practice locations before Friday, August 23rd.  We have red bins in each of our waiting rooms that we hope to fill to the top and bring to the schools before the 2019-2020 school year is back in session.

New school supplies needed:

      • #2 Pencils
      • Colored Pencils
      • Pens (Black, blue and red)
      • Crayons (24 pack)
      • Washable Markers (Classic colors, fine and wide point)
      • Glue Sticks
      • Glue (Bottle)
      • Highlighters
      • Dry Erase Markers
      • Colored paper
      • Scissors
      • Metric Rulers
      • 3 Ring Binders (1 inch only)
      • Erasers (Block)
      • Tissues
      • Bags (Sealable plastic quart and gallon)
      • Clorox Disinfectant Wipes

Thank you for your help supplying local classrooms with these much needed supplies!