Rapids Orthodontics Blog

Great News! Re-Opening Plans

May 11th, 2020

 

Patients and Families,

We are excited to announce that our office has just re-opened, and we are working diligently to schedule appointments to check on the progress our patients have been making in their orthodontic treatment.

Please understand that we are doing everything we can to see your smiling face in our office as soon as possible. In the coming weeks, we will be reaching out to you via phone call or text message to schedule your next appointment.

Prior to your appointment, we ask that you take a few minutes to review the new COVID-19 precautions we have put in place to maximize the safety and comfort of our patients and staff at http://www.rapidsorthodontics.com/blog/2020/04/safety.

We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we work through our re-opening plans, and we will be in touch as soon as we are ready to schedule your appointment. In the meantime, if you have any questions, concerns, or if you are experiencing an orthodontic emergency, please call or email us.

Sincerely,

Your Friends at Rapids Orthodontics

Dr. Michael O’Leary Announces Retirement and Company Name Change to Rapids Orthodontics

May 7th, 2020

Dr. Michael O’Leary of O’Leary Orthodontics will retire in June, after 42 years of practicing orthodontics in Wisconsin Rapids. O’Leary will be greatly missed, as he has enriched the lives of patients, staff, and the surrounding Wisconsin Rapids community.

“I extend my deepest and sincere thanks for the confidence, trust, and support shown throughout the years by my patients and the community,” said Michael O’Leary, DDS. “Superior care for my patients is of utmost importance to me. We took some time to find the right doctor and I am thrilled to announce that Dr. Kan Tsunoda joined the practice in April.”

Dr. Kan Tsunoda will continue to provide specialized, high-quality orthodontic treatment, excellent customer service, and the best possible treatment results for patients under the new practice name Rapids Orthodontics. Dr. Kan attended dental school at Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine, and he completed his Master of Science in Oral Biology and orthodontic specialty certificate at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Kan is highly experienced with traditional orthodontics such as braces and is also a specialty provider of Invisalign® clear aligner orthodontic treatment.

Dr. Kan is now accepting new patients at Rapids Orthodontics, and no-cost orthodontic consultations can be scheduled by calling 715-421-5255 or visiting www.RapidsOrthodontics.com

An Update for our Patients and Families

April 30th, 2020

Patients and Families,

We are excited to see you and check on your orthodontic progress, and we appreciate your patience and understanding during the temporary COVID-19 office closure. We are working hard to make sure we open just as soon as possible, in accordance with the CDC, ADA, and our State’s guidance. When a reopening date is established, we will call you when we can schedule your appointment.

Upon reopening, we assure you that the safety of our patients and staff remains our top priority. Our clinic stays on the leading edge of dentistry and orthodontics and incorporates advanced safety measures to safeguard health. We have always maintained the highest infection and cross-contamination prevention standards in our clinics, exceeding the standards recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA), the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to ensure that our patients and our team are safe.

Your doctors and orthodontic team at Rapids Orthodontics are committed to staying up to date, day by day, on what is being discovered about the Coronavirus to determine any additional infection prevention and control protocols needed. When you return to our office, you will notice additional measures we have put in place to maximize your safety and comfort. Details are available at http://www.rapidsorthodontics.com/blog/2020/04/safety.

Even more is taking place behind the scenes as we prepare to see you again, including the implementation of advanced technologies that will allow for remote monitoring of treatment.

Again, we thank you for your continued patience and cooperation, and we will be in touch just as soon as possible to schedule your next appointment. In the meantime, if you have any questions, concerns, or if you are experiencing an orthodontic emergency, please email us at info@rapidsorthodontics.com or call 715-421-5255.

Sincerely,

Your Friends at Rapids Orthodontics

Our Commitment to Safety

April 30th, 2020

The safety and comfort of our patients and staff is our top priority at O'Leary-Rapids Orthodontics. Our clinic stays on the leading edge of dentistry and orthodontics and incorporates advanced safety measures to safeguard health and ensure the greatest level of care for our patients.

We always maintain the highest infection and cross-contamination prevention standards in our clinic, exceeding the standards recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA), the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to ensure that our patients and our team are safe.

COVID-19 Precautions

The CDC recommends social distancing to decrease the likelihood of transmitting Coronavirus. With that advice in mind, we have implemented the following precautions in our clinic:

  • Appointments will be scheduled to minimize contact with other patients in the waiting room.

  • You will be asked to complete an electronic form prior to each appointment about COVID-19 symptoms.

  • Dental chair use will be staggered in the clinic to maintain a safe distance between patients. This will reduce the number of patients we can see each day so please be patient with us.

  • Please arrive on time for your appointments, rather than too early, and wait in your car. Respond to your appointment confirmation text to notify us of your arrival, and we will call or text you when we are ready to seat you and begin your appointment.

  • Please do not have siblings or extra people accompany you to your appointments when possible. We can follow-up by phone with parents.

  • Everyone entering the clinic will be screened using an infrared touch-free forehead thermometer. Any person with a temperature of 99.6 degrees or above may be rescheduled unless emergency dental or orthodontic pain, swelling or infection is present.

  • All patients, parents, and visitors who wish to enter the office will be required to wear a cloth face covering or mask over their nose and mouth.  Medical masks continue to be in very short supply and we cannot offer them.
  • Hand sanitizer is available and will be required for everyone entering the clinic.

  • As an extra precaution, we will ask patients to rinse with 1.5% hydrogen peroxide (Peroxyl) before each appointment.  Coronavirus is vulnerable to oxidation; this will reduce the salivary load of oral microbes.

  • Magazines, paper reading materials, and tablets have been removed from our waiting room, and we spaced out and limited seating. No coffee or refreshments will be served at this time.

  • We will continue to provide a safe, sterile environment for our patients by cleaning and sanitizing all areas frequently and after each use.

  • All our employees will be taking their temperature twice a day, and if their temperature reaches 99.6 degrees or above, they will be instructed to stay home.

  • Remote Dental Monitoring will be available for patients who are able to be evaluated via smartphone or tablet if no immediate adjustment is necessary.