NICD Team Receives COVID-19 Vaccines

We are pleased to announce that your dental team at NICD received the first round of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine during the week of January 10, with the second inoculation planned within 21 days.

This adds an extra layer of safety to the measures that already have been implemented at the office, which include:

• Air purifiers with HEPA 13 filters and ionizing mechanisms

• Fogging of the office in between patients and at night with hypochlorous (200 PPM) mist, an environmentally and physiologically safe method of sanitization

• Pre-appointment rinsing with molecular iodine, established as the top anti-coronavirus oral rinse

• Increased personal protective equipment (PPE) with upgraded masks featuring N-95 and KN-95 protection

• High-volume evacuation utilized in any aerosol-producing procedure

• Social distancing in a low-traffic environment, where patients can easily be isolated from each other

• Temperatures and virus questionnaire administered before admittance

• Standard dental sterilization and sanitization procedures

“Dentistry has historically been at the forefront of disinfection and sterilization procedures and now, during the coronavirus outbreak, we’ve taken that to a new level,” said Dr. Sesemann. “I am very proud of my staff for embracing these challenges and implementing these new techniques for the safety of all of our patients and their families. We also are very thankful that our patients have been so conscientious about reporting any potential COVID-19 contacts, and not taking any chances by coming into the office if they have the slightest health concerns.”

NICD Office Update on COVID-19

Dear friends, patients and colleagues:

I hope this message finds you well and safe. I am writing to inform you of how NICD will be conducting business in April and May.

The most recent modeling projects that our Nebraska communities will reach peak viral experience in late April and early May. Consistent with the best practices advised by the American Dental Association, the Nebraska Dental Board and our community leaders, NICD will be closed during the months of April and May. This action will help to diminish the community spread of COVID-19 and to “flatten the curve,” which will reduce the number of illnesses and deaths among our fellow citizens.

Our dental team will be available for emergency needs and essential services, either by phone or in person by appointment. My cell phone number is (402) 960-4380. Feel free to contact either of us with any questions, comments or needs you may have during the coming months.

On a personal note, I would like to urge each and every one of you to practice all of the recommendations the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have put forth. We have the benefit of living in a sparsely populated state, but in no way should we assume that what is happening in more densely populated areas could not happen here as well. Being a proud Nebraskan, I would like to think that we have the grit to persevere through anything. With that, I wish you and your families the best during these unprecedented, challenging times.

Warmest regards,

Michael Sesemann and Staff