Coronavirus Update

Statement regarding Covid-19, updated April 28, 2020

We are thrilled to announce the easing of some restrictions on orthodontic practices in Louisiana! We are now available to take all of your phone calls, texts, and emails and will be scheduling patients for most types of appointments. 

We will continue taking the following precautions:

-Our team members will all wear masks. Clinical staff will be wearing gowns and face shields. Don't worry!! We may look different but we are still the same gentle, smiling ladies!!

-All patients will be screened for symptoms and required to reschedule if:

-They or their immediate family have experienced flu-like symptoms in the last 14 days. This includes cough, fever, difficulty breathing.

-They or their immediate family have traveled in the last 14 days.

-Enter the office at the appointment time only.  Early arrivers are asked to remain in their vehicle.

-If you have a personal mask, please wear it into the office.

-Only one person may accompany each patient.

-Brush your teeth at home. The tooth brushing station will not be available.

It is our greatest desire to protect our patients ant our community. Thank you for your understanding and let us all keep ourselves, our families, and our community in our prayers.

***Patients who wear elastics, retainers, Invisalign trays, or any other removable device should take great care in washing their hands for 30 seconds before inserting and removing them. Be smart about putting your hands in your mouth.***

Statement regarding Covid-19, updated April 9, 2020

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has extended our mandate until April 30, 2020. If you have an appointment during April, you will be called after Easter to reschedule. 

Statement regarding Covid-19, updated April 1, 2020

Dear friends,

I hope this message finds you well! As we navigate through unchartered waters, please know that all my patients and their families are in my prayers!

As per the Louisiana Department of Health, our office is closed. All appointments in April will likely be canceled and rescheduled for a later date. We will call you to reschedule as soon as we know our opening date. If you have an emergency, please text me directly at 337-654-8400. For all non-urgent needs, please email info@orthodonticstudio.com. For all account questions, contact OrthoFi directly at orthofi.com. Follow us on Instagram or Facebook for the most up-to-date information. 

Thank you all so much! Stay safe and healthy! And keep smiling! 

XOXO, Dr. Melanie Fowler

Statement regarding Covid-19, updated March 15, 2020

During this unprecedented time, we are implementing several protocols to keep our patients, families, and team members safe, as well as to abide by the recommendations of the CDC and our state government for slowing the rate of spread of Covid-19.

-All patients will receive a call or text at least one day prior to their appointment to discuss their specific situation/needs.

-Patients may reschedule their appointment for any reason if they so choose.

-Patients will be required to reschedule if:

-They or their immediate family have experienced flu-like symptoms in the last 14 days. This includes cough, fever, difficulty breathing.

-They or their immediate family have traveled overseas or to disease hot-spots in the U.S. in the last 14 days.

-New patients and observation patients (Our Kids Crewe) will be offered a FaceTime virtual consult with our treatment coordinator and Dr. Fowler.

-Patients who choose to attend their appointment must comply with the following:

-Enter to office at the appointment time only.  Early arrivers are asked to remain in their vehicle.

-Only one person may accompany each patient.

-Brush your teeth at home. The tooth brushing station will not be available.

-Return appointments will be made via phone rather than at the front desk.

It is our greatest desire to protect our patients ant our community. Thank you for your understanding and let us all keep ourselves, our families, and our community in our prayers.

***Patients who wear elastics, retainers, Invisalign trays, or any other removable device should take great care in washing their hands for 30 seconds before inserting and removing them. Be smart about putting your hands in your mouth.***

Office’s Safety Precautions

To help prevent the transmission of all respiratory infections, including COVID-19, we adhere to standardized infection control measures, such as performing hand hygiene, providing tissues and no-touch receptacles to throw away used tissues, and offering facemasks to patients who are coughing. We follow routine cleaning and disinfection strategies, using cleaners and water to pre-clean surfaces prior to applying an EPA-registered, hospital-grade disinfectant, as well as appropriate sterilization of all tools and equipment. 

While our office already adheres to these standard precautions, there are several common sense recommendations we are implementing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • Screening patients for signs or symptoms of infection.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting public areas frequently, including door handles, chairs, and bathrooms.  

If you experience any of the following, symptoms, your appointment will be rescheduled:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Travel within the past 14 days to affected geographical regions

We will discuss your health status, the dental treatment you require, and whether or not visiting our office will be safe for you, our other patients, and our staff.

When you visit our office, we ask that you arrive on time for your appointment, rather than too early. This will minimize the amount of time you spend in our waiting room or reception area.

How can you prevent contracting or spreading COVID-19?

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds. If you don’t have access to soap and water, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Maintain at least six feet of distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Do not use your hands.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Calling in advance will allow your healthcare provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility.

If you would like more information about our office’s dedication to your health and safety, please give us a call. For more information about what you can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19, please visit the World Health Organization website.