On March 22, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, signed into law Executive Order GA-09. We have attached the order below.
Simply stated, the executive order prohibits all elective medical and dental procedures (orthodontics included) unless the life of the patient is threatened, until 11:59 PM on April 21st, 2020. The Texas State Board of Dental Examiners, our governing body, suggests dental offices still see patients for emergencies only. In so doing, this will help prevent primary care clinics, urgent care clinics and hospitals from being overwhelmed with dental emergencies, which would tie up their time and supplies, which they are not equipped to handle.
Hanigan & Johnson Orthodontics will continue to see emergencies through this challenging time. We still are following the CDC guidelines to see each emergency patient individually, one at a time. Our office phone lines will still be open 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM daily, Monday-Friday. We ask that you call the office to set up a time to be seen. Dr. Johnson and Dr. Hanigan will also be available on their cell phones (attached below) in case you would like to call, text or facetime about something that is bothering you related to your braces, aligners or appliances. Often, we can walk you through the fix, saving you a trip to the office.
At this time, we will not be rescheduling patients that have an appointment on the dates affected by the shutdown. Once we know an exact date for when we will be allowed to reopen our offices, we will do our best to get each patient seen promptly.
We appreciate your understanding and are grateful for all your support and kind words during this most challenging time. We hope your families are healthy and have experienced little or no impact from this little bug.
On a lighter note, Dr. Johnson’s baby twin girls are finally home after spending the first 40 days of their lives in the NICU! They are healthy and doing well and Dad is getting to spend a little more time with them than he originally expected. This definitely makes us appreciate the things in life that are far too often taken for granted.
Dr. H and Dr. J
Dr. Johnson’s cell: (832) 302-4552
Dr. Hanigan’s cell: (936) 689-0657