University of Minnesota Dental Clinics open with enhanced safety measures

This past month, Governor Walz lifted the mandatory mask mandate and University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel communicated updated guidelines for the University of Minnesota. 

While several of the mitigation measures are being lifted, relaxed mask guidance does not extend to healthcare settings. It is important for the School of Dentistry and dental clinics to do everything possible to keep our community safe. 

Masks are required for all visitors to Moos Health Sciences Tower as we continue enhanced safety measures to limit exposure and potential spread of the COVID-19 virus.   Check-in and appointment procedures have also changed, as outlined below.

Masks are required for all visitors to Moos Health Sciences Tower

Patient check-in now includes:

  • Additional security checks in Moos Tower. Please bring a copy of your identification (driver’s license or other photo ID), and a confirmation of your appointment (a copy of your appointment reminder text, email or postcard confirmation). We can confirm your appointment on-site by date of birth if you aren’t able to provide a copy of your appointment confirmation.
  • If you come in on the second floor through the tunnel from the Washington Avenue Parking Ramp, please proceed to the third floor check-in.
  • Our scheduling staff will ask you screening questions prior to your appointment. You will be asked to answer those same questions again when you arrive for check in, and again once in the treatment room. This is mandated by the Minnesota Board of Dentistry.
  • Please bring a photo ID and insurance card to the appointment.  

For the safety of all:

  • We ask that only the patient attend the appointment. Exceptions include parents/guardians accompanying children and people providing mobility support. Any additional visitors will either be asked to exit the building or the appointment will be rescheduled.
  • Please maintain social distance of 6 feet from others and wear a mask when in the building. 
  • If you or anyone in your household has a fever and/or respiratory symptoms, or if you or anyone you have been in contact with has tested positive for COVID-19, we ask that you call and reschedule your appointment.

Also, please remember to bring a copy or text of your appointment confirmation to the Washington Ave. Parking Ramp and Moos Tower.

We appreciate our patients and we are committed to providing you with the excellent dental care you have come to expect from the School of Dentistry!

Masks are required in Moos Tower
Masks are required in Moos Tower

DO I HAVE AN ORAL HEALTH EMERGENCY?

If you believe you have an oral health emergency requiring immediate care, please review this checklist first.

  1. Do you have uncontrolled bleeding from your mouth?
  2. Do you have swelling in your mouth, upper or lower jaw or under your tongue?
  3. Do you have difficulty breathing from swelling in your mouth, neck or jaw?
  4. Are you unable to eat or drink due to oral pain to the point where you are becoming sick and physically weak?
  5. Do you have new difficulty opening your mouth due to pain and swelling? 

If you answered yes to any of these five questions, you have an oral health emergency. Please call 612-625-2495 to speak with a provider.