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Sarasota Pediatric Dentist Set to Open Up Doors

Updated: May 12

During this COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of local businesses in Sarasota were forced to close their doors. Pediatric Dentist were highly effected by this, leaving many appointments canceled or re-scheduled for the safety of staff and families.

Now that the state of Florida has begun the process of re-opening, Sarasota Pediatric Dentist are now beginning to open their doors!


While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: their commitment to your safety. We want to tell you about the enhanced infection control procedures they will be following in their practices to keep patients and staff safe:


[Edit updated on May 12 under Dentistry for Children and Adolescents to reflect their current changes]


Dr. Si McAninch, Sarasota - OPEN NOW


What they are doing:

+ 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 the Florida Department of Health.


+ Office will communicate with patients beforehand to ask some screening questions. You'll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office. Every effort will be made to minimize contact.


+ Patients will be asked to use hand sanitizer when entering the office. You will also find

some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.


+ Waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children's toys and other items, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.

+ Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients.


+ 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.


If your child has an urgent dental problem please call the office to schedule immediately: 941-953-3535 or visit their website at www.drmcaninch.com


SmileWorks, Dr. M&M, Sarasota - May 12th

What they are doing:


During their "away time" from patients, SmileWorks has worked diligently to implement novel solutions.


+ Enhanced facility:

Germicidal UV light systems installed in all AC Units

Medical grade HEPA air purifiers deployed throughout entire office

All treatment areas and bathrooms are freshly painted

Hand sanitizer stations stocked throughout office

Reception area re-organized for detailed sanitation


+ Embracing Technology:

Practice upgraded to a paperless interface

• Cutting edge phone system installed

Contactless payment option via text

Curbside check ins via text

Integration of contactless thermometers for temperature checks


+ Upgraded PPE:

• Replacement of conventional dental masks with n95 masks for clinical team

• Upgraded eye protection (googles, face shields)

• Masks and closed jackets for all admin team


Additionally, there will be a lower volume of patients and restructuring of schedule to all proper social distancing. Please visit their website www.SmileWorksKids.com for more updates (under "coronavirus update").


Dentistry for Children & Adolescents, Dr. Santos, Sarasota - May 11



What they are doing:

+ Follows infection control recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and the Florida Department of Health.


+ Germicidal UV light systems installed in AC Units


+ Disinfectant foggers for treatment rooms


+ Medical grade air purifiers throughout the office


+ Hand sanitizer stations


+ Online office forms


+ Pay from your phone 


+ Communicate with our office via text


+ N95 masks, disposable gowns, hats and face shields for our team 


+ New schedule to allow for social distancing. 


Please see video below for more, or visit their Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/sarasotachildrendentistry/

They will be prioritizing emergency patients. If you need to be re-scheduled please visit their website www.sarasotachildrendentistry.com.


Little Town Smiles, Dr. Bui, Lakewood Ranch - TBD



Little Towns Smiles was set to re-open May 11th, but due to shortage of PPE masks are postponing until they receive their shipment. Once they are able to open doors, we will updated this post. Please visit their website www.LittleTownSmiles.com for more updates.

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