UPDATE – May 4th, 2020
Our community has been through a lot over the last few weeks, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety and health.
We are pleased to announce that we will gradually open our offices beginning on May 4th
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. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.
Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so 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.
You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help
protect our patients and staff. For example:
- We ask that all patients and those accompanying them wear a face mask/shield, at all times, while inside the office
- Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office
- We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed
- You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect
- Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment
- 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
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. To make an appointment, please call our office at (703)425-5010 or visit our website for an appointment request.
Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.
NOVA OMS Team
UPDATE – March 27th, 2020
In accordance with the latest COVID-19 update, our offices will be closed but our lines will be available between March 30th and April 3rd, during normal business hours. We are postponing any non-emergency or elective dental procedures during this time. If you have any questions, please give us a call.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation!
UPDATE – March 18th 2020
In an effort to support national efforts to fight the COVID- 19 pandemic, our practice is taking the following proactive steps to help assure your health, well-being and that of our community:
- We are following directives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a way to limit patient and staff exposure to this virus
- This week, March 20th, we will be open until 1pm
- We will suspend all non-emergency care for the week of March 23rd thru March 27th
- If you have an existing appointment we will reach out to you and reschedule as future dates become available
- Our phone lines will remain open during normal business hours and our afterhours emergency line will operate with no interruptions for existing patients
- Our doctors and staff are on-call and prepared to attend to all urgent issues immediately for both existing and new patients who are suffering from an urgent dental issue
The safety and well-being of our staff and patients continues to be our primary concern. We will continue to monitor the status of COVID-19 through the CDC (Center for Disease), VDH (Virginia Department of Health), VDA (Virginia Dental Association), and ADA (American Dental Association) to keep you up-to-date regarding our plans to reopen for business as usual.
Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
NOVA OMS Team
The health and safety of our staff, their families, our patients and the surrounding community are our top priority. We want to assure you that we are taking all of the necessary precautions as an organization to ensure your safety and health when you visit our office. Our team will continue to monitor all updates and reports from the CDC (Center for Disease Control), VDH (Virginia Department of Health) and the VDA (Virginia Dental Association). We want to ensure that we minimize the long-term impact on our offices as the virus ripples through the our nation.
Please contact our office to reschedule your appointment if any of the following apply to you:
- You/anyone in your household/close proximity with anyone that has traveled internationally, been on a cruise or has been to any of the major hot spots in the last few weeks
- You/anyone in your household/close proximity with anyone that has been sick in the last few weeks (or is currently sick)
These symptoms include but are not limited to:
- Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
- Shortness of breath
- Sore throat
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Runny or stuffy nose
According to the CDC, if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever/symptoms of respiratory illness such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider immediately. Your health care professional will work with your state's public health department and the CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19. If you are feeling unwell, we ask that you please take steps to safeguard others and remain at home.
Everyone's help is needed to reduce the spread of the virus to protect ourselves, our families and each other. Here’s how you can help:
Wash your hands
- Before, during, and after preparing food
- Before eating food
- Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
- Before and after treating a cut or wound
- After using the toilet
- After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
- After handling pet food or pet treats
- After touching garbage
- Avoid hand shaking
- Use hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available
- Limit your contact/gathering of people
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow when sneezing or coughing
For more information please visit the following sites:
- CDC COVID-19
- Coronavirus Guidelines – The White House
- World Health Organization – COVID-19 Outbreak
- Virginia Health Department – Coronavirus Disease 2019
- Virginia Dental Association
There is a possibility of mandatory closure. If that action occurs, we'll be sure to contact all of our patients immediately and update this page.
-NOVA OMS Team