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REOPENING OFFICE ANNOUNCEMENT IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

Good news!! We are resuming our normal business hours beginning on
Monday, June 1st!!

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our communities have been through a lot over the last few months, 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 office’s commitment to your safety. Infection control has always been a top priority in our practice. We follow recommendations and guidelines made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), as well as the guidelines that have been set forth by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). This allows us to make sure that our infection control procedures are up-to-date and enables us to provide the safest environment for our patients and their family members. We ask that you please be patient and understand that we will do our best to accommodate your scheduling needs as we know many of you are anxious to get back into our office.

During this time, we have implemented additional safety precautions to help protect our patients and staff. 

  • Upon scheduling an appointment, 24-48 hours in advance of that appointment, a COVID-19 questionnaire will be texted or given to you over the phone. This questionnaire must be completed before you arrive at the office. We will postpone treatment for any patient who has experienced or been in contact with someone who has experienced the following symptoms within 14 days of the scheduled appointment date: fever, cough, loss of taste and/or smell, flu-like symptoms, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, and fatigue. If you are over the age of 65 or have preexisting health conditions (as recommended by CDC) such as diabetes, chronic lung disease or asthma, serious heart conditions, are immunocompromised, or chronic kidney or liver disease, we recommend you do not visit the office at this time. If this is a concern to you, we would be happy to review this with your physician as well. If you fall into this category but need to accompany a child or family member for a visit, please call our office as we will handle this request on a case-by-case basis. 
  • We will be scheduling appointments in a manner that promotes social distancing and allows for adequate time for us to disinfect all areas of use in between patient appointments. Due to the additional time needed to adequately disinfect and restore the rooms for the next patients, you may encounter some difficulty in obtaining the desired time for your appointments. You may also be asked to reschedule an appointment. Please be patient with this, as it is for the safety of all those that are in the office. We will do our best to get you in for what is needed. We will do our best to keep to the schedule and ask that you do the same. It is important that you do not miss your appointment, arrive late or cancel with less than 48 hours notice as it may be weeks before we are able to reappoint you (with the exception of illness, of course!)
  •  Upon arrival at our office, call (847) 526-2831 or text us (847) 534-8119 before entering the office to let us know you have arrived. We will call or text you once the office is ready for you to enter. We ask that patients enter the office unaccompanied, if possible. For those patients who need a guardian to accompany them, we ask that this be limited to a single-family member.  In general, we will be keeping the door locked in order to discourage additional visitors in the office unexpectedly.  Every person entering the office is expected to wear a face covering and will be asked to sanitize their hands immediately upon entry. Please take your temperature the morning of your appointment. We will confirm no fever with a contactless thermometer upon your arrival, as well as review the medical questionnaire again.
  • We have always taken great pride in making our office warm, relaxing and inviting, so it’s a little bittersweet for us to have to make changes though it will be to promote overall health and safety. Our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, charging stations, children’s toys, and so forth, since these items are difficult to clean and disinfect. Clear plastic screens (sneeze guards) have been installed at the front desk to minimize exposure to airborne pathogens.  You may choose to more safely use an online payment method, located on our website (www.nortwestdentalhealth.com). If no payments or paperwork is required, you may be able to just exit the office without an additional stop at the front desk, or request any paperwork emailed to you.
  • You will also notice that our doctors and staff will be wearing all of the recommended personal protective equipment (PPE). Because of the extra coverage of the PPE, the office will be kept at a cooler temperature. You may want to bring additional clothing for your comfort. We will still have blankets available, as they will be laundered after their usage. The rooms will also appear different, as they may have more protective barriers covering objects and any unnecessary clutter will be cleared out of the room. 

Thank you for being part of our family dental practice. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming you back. We have missed you all and are excited to be back doing what we love. Please always feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

 

Yours In Health-

Dr. Lynn Podlasek

Dr. Silvio Arauz

And the staff at Northwest Dental Health and Aesthetics

Early Detection

Because we believe in conserving as much of your natural tooth as possible for both health and appearance, we also believe in early detection.

Early Detection

Early Detection

Early Detection

Because we believe in conserving as much of your natural tooth as possible for both health and appearance, we also believe in early detection.

General Dental Care

Our team believes in providing truly personalized care, treating not only the symptom that may have brought you into our office but also, more importantly, the cause of the problem.

General Dental Care

General Dental Care

General Dental Care

Our team believes in providing truly personalized care, treating not only the symptom that may have brought you into our office but also, more importantly, the cause of the problem.

Oral Hygiene

Regular cleanings make your smile shine! They prevent a build-up of stains, keep your gums in top shape and clear away harmful bacteria.

Oral Hygiene

Oral Hygiene

Oral Hygiene

Regular cleanings make your smile shine! They prevent a build-up of stains, keep your gums in top shape and clear away harmful bacteria.

Periodontal Treatment

If the bacteria in your mouth take hold, especially in the pockets under your gums, it can lead to oral – and whole body – health disaster.

Periodontal Treatment

Periodontal Treatment

Periodontal Treatment

If the bacteria in your mouth take hold, especially in the pockets under your gums, it can lead to oral – and whole body – health disaster.

At-Home Teeth Whitening

Home smile whitening begins with a careful impression of your teeth. Those impressions are turned into plaster molds of your teeth, which are used to create clear thin plastic trays…

At-Home Teeth Whitening

At-Home Teeth Whitening

At-Home Teeth Whitening

Home smile whitening begins with a careful impression of your teeth. Those impressions are turned into plaster molds of your teeth, which are used to create clear thin plastic trays…

BriteSmile Treatment

If you’re like most of our patients, you want the simplest way possible to whiten your smile.

BriteSmile Treatment

BriteSmile Treatment

BriteSmile Treatment

If you’re like most of our patients, you want the simplest way possible to whiten your smile.

Crowns and Bridges

CEREC® Technology for One-Appointment Crowns With CEREC, we can create and permanently place a custom ceramic crown in just one visit.

Crowns and Bridges

Crowns and Bridges

Crowns and Bridges

CEREC® Technology for One-Appointment Crowns With CEREC, we can create and permanently place a custom ceramic crown in just one visit.

Dental Implants

A permanent fixture, a dental implant replaces both the tooth and the root.

Dental Implants

Dental Implants

Dental Implants

A permanent fixture, a dental implant replaces both the tooth and the root.

Dentures

The dentures we offer are quite different. These are precision made, precision fitted dentures that are not only comfortable but look, feel and function much more like natural teeth.

Dentures

Dentures

Dentures

The dentures we offer are quite different. These are precision made, precision fitted dentures that are not only comfortable but look, feel and function much more like natural teeth.

Full Mouth Restoration

Imagine being able to turn the clock back 20 years! With full mouth restoration, teeth, bite, muscles and self-esteem are gently brought…

Full Mouth Restoration

Full Mouth Restoration

Full Mouth Restoration

Imagine being able to turn the clock back 20 years! With full mouth restoration, teeth, bite, muscles and self-esteem are gently brought…

Laser Gum Recontouring

“Gummy smiles” are a very common problem, caused by overgrowth of the gum tissue, which covers the teeth.

Laser Gum Recontouring

Laser Gum Recontouring

Laser Gum Recontouring

“Gummy smiles” are a very common problem, caused by overgrowth of the gum tissue, which covers the teeth.

Metal-Free Dentistry

Our focus is on your health, but we also want you to look the very best you can. That is why we practice completely metal-free dentistry.

Metal-Free Dentistry

Metal-Free Dentistry

Metal-Free Dentistry

Our focus is on your health, but we also want you to look the very best you can. That is why we practice completely metal-free dentistry.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are a rapid, aesthetic, and safe way to correct unattractive and unbalanced front teeth.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are a rapid, aesthetic, and safe way to correct unattractive and unbalanced front teeth.

Tooth Recontouring

Recontouring is an artful and conservative treatment. Using contouring we can quickly and painlessly improve your appearance and create a more harmonious smile by reshaping…

Tooth Recontouring

Tooth Recontouring

Tooth Recontouring

Recontouring is an artful and conservative treatment. Using contouring we can quickly and painlessly improve your appearance and create a more harmonious smile by reshaping…

Headache Treatment

We find that many patients experience a moderate to significant change in their facial appearance following completion of the treatment.

Headache Treatment

Headache Treatment

Headache Treatment

We find that many patients experience a moderate to significant change in their facial appearance following completion of the treatment.

Neuromuscular Results

We find that many patients experience a moderate to significant change in their facial appearance following completion of the treatment.

Neuromuscular Results

Neuromuscular Results

Neuromuscular Results

We find that many patients experience a moderate to significant change in their facial appearance following completion of the treatment.

CEREC®

In the past, getting a ceramic restoration, like a crown, required two visits. Now we can complete this restoration all in one visit!

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CEREC®

CEREC®

In the past, getting a ceramic restoration, like a crown, required two visits. Now we can complete this restoration all in one visit!

DIAGNOdent Laser

The DIAGNOdent laser is used as a detecting device. The advanced laser can detect decay earlier than more conventional methods, such as radiography.

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DIAGNOdent Laser

DIAGNOdent Laser

The DIAGNOdent laser is used as a detecting device. The advanced laser can detect decay earlier than more conventional methods, such as radiography.

Digital Dental X-Rays

Digital x-rays benefit both dentist and patient. Most importantly, digital x-rays significantly decrease the exposure time to radiation.

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Digital Dental X-Rays

Digital Dental X-Rays

Digital x-rays benefit both dentist and patient. Most importantly, digital x-rays significantly decrease the exposure time to radiation.

Diode Laser

This fantastic soft tissue laser allows us to treat your gums quickly and painlessly. It speeds healing time and can even instantly heal any cold sores, fever blisters, or ulcers – without any discomfort whatsoever!

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Diode Laser

Diode Laser

This fantastic soft tissue laser allows us to treat your gums quickly and painlessly. It speeds healing time and can even instantly heal any cold sores, fever blisters, or ulcers – without any discomfort whatsoever!

Galileos CT Scans

Detailed images. Precise diagnosis. Accurate treatment plans. Low radiation. These are all the benefits of the Galileos CT Scanner.

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Galileos CT Scans

Galileos CT Scans

Detailed images. Precise diagnosis. Accurate treatment plans. Low radiation. These are all the benefits of the Galileos CT Scanner.

Intra-Oral Cameras

Intra-oral cameras have greatly improved the way we examine our patients’ teeth. Using a pen-sized camera, we take video of your teeth and project the live image onto a television screen in the treatment room.

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Intra-Oral Cameras

Intra-Oral Cameras

Intra-oral cameras have greatly improved the way we examine our patients’ teeth. Using a pen-sized camera, we take video of your teeth and project the live image onto a television screen in the treatment room.