Metzger Family Dental PLLC

Metzger Family Dental PLLC strives to provide the highest quality comprehensive care to people of all ages. Our office prides itself in having a small-town feel, and offering the latest techniques and most up-to date technology available in dentistry today.

Our caring and compassionate staff will cater to your specific dental needs and offer a warm atmosphere that you can be comfortable in. Metzger Family Dental PLLC will treat your family as we would treat our own.

Operating as usual

03/24/2021

One of our patients brightened our day today with these beautiful flowers!

One of our patients brightened our day today with these beautiful flowers!

10/26/2020

We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Metzger is officially a Diplomate of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.

After nearly 2 years of study, Dr. Metzger is the only Diplomate in all of central and eastern Iowa, and one of only 4 in the entire state.

She is thrilled to continue treating patients with obstructive sleep apnea in her office using the highest possible standards of the AADSM.

As a bonus, she was able to complete her new designation alongside her best friend, Dr. Marie Mueske, who is also now a Diplomate!

eurekalert.org 09/30/2020

Research confirms link between sleep apnea and Alzheimer's disease

eurekalert.org New research shows damage in the brain starts in the same place and spreads in the same way in sleep apnea, as in Alzheimer's disease. The study is the first to find Alzheimer's-like amyloid plaques in the brains of people with clinically-verified obstructive sleep apnea, a condition that affects mo...

sciencedirect.com 09/16/2020

A systematic review of COVID-19 and obstructive sleep apnoea

sciencedirect.com The aims of the study were to review the rapidly emerging COVID-19 literature to determine (a) the relationship between obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA)…

[08/13/20]   Our phone lines are down this morning. We are working on getting them back up and appreciate your patience. If you need to get ahold of us, please email [email protected].

[07/15/20]   If you have a dental appointment tomorrow and have not heard from us, please email me at [email protected]. Thank you.

[07/01/20]   It’s been so nice being back in the office and seeing our patients again. As we begin treating hygiene patients this month, please remember that we have 3 months of missed appointments, that’s over 1200 appointments that we are working to reschedule. We are doing our very best to serve your needs, but we are only human. Our office hours will continue to change as we navigate this pandemic and the challenges that come with it. We truly appreciate your patience and understanding, and look forward to seeing you again soon!

[06/14/20]   To our Patient Family:

Our office is almost ready to re-open and I have been getting questions about what changes have been made to our office to keep everyone safe. To be transparent, the last few months have been challenging. Throughout the last many weeks, my main concern has always been and will continue to be safety. Safety for my employees, my patients, and myself are non-negotiable in a pandemic situation where there is still so much learn and understand.

The Iowa Dental Board, ADA, CDC, and OSHA have all recently given dentists new guidelines to follow, and we are following all recommendations. We have also made the decision to add even more safety features to our office, whether they are mandated or not.

You will notice many things will be different at every appointment, and we ask for your patience. These changes are not easy on any of us but are for the good of us all. These are the things you can expect in your future visits:

• We will be asking screening questions and taking your temperature and pulse-ox at every appointment.
• Masks will be required of everyone, including employees. Please bring your own, or we would be happy to supply you with one.
• In order to screen every person entering our office, we now have a doorbell outside the office front door. Please ring the doorbell when you arrive, and a team member will meet you there.
• All areas of our office, including each operatory, have Molekule air-filtration units working to filter pathogens from the air.
• Plexiglass barriers have been installed in all front-desk areas.
• Waiting room chairs are spaced 6 feet apart and patient appointments are staggered for social distancing.
• Our PPE (personal protective equipment) may be startling to some of you. We are required to wear isolation gowns (changed between every patient), faceshields, eye protection, and respirators. It is still us under all that gear, I promise!
• In-house laundry. This has been a labor of love as it has required coordination from McFarland Clinic, Mary Greeley Medical Center, multiple weeks, 3 different contractors, and my engineering husband. Anything we wear in the office will be laundered in-house to prevent any contamination to our homes or between patients.
• ADS extraoral suction units. These units are currently on back-order but are an added protection to aid in the reduction of aerosols produced in our office.
• Hand sanitizer and cleaning products are abundant. You will see us cleaning, cleaning, and cleaning some more when you are here.

I sincerely appreciate your support and patience as we work to re-open. As a small business owner, but also wife and mom, it has been a juggling act of trying to be all things to everyone. I am thankful that my husband is a mechanical engineer because the changes we have made have required his expertise on many levels. He’s spent countless hours researching ASHRAE standards on air-filtration and extraoral suction units, cutting and installing plexiglass barriers, meeting with contractors and designing electrical and plumbing for our new in-house laundry, reviewing air-flow patterns in our operatories, and putting together tables and cabinets as he is currently spending another weekend doing. It has truly been a team effort.

Moving forward, we will be deep cleaning the office Monday, June 15th, and plan to begin seeing patients on June 16th. We will prioritize patients who have had emergencies over the past several weeks, and then we will make plans for reinstating hygiene appointments. Please be patient with us as we try to navigate these changes. Our schedule and hours of operation will remain fluid for the time being as we get used to the PPE and the challenges of starting up again. I could not do this without your support, and I truly and looking forward to seeing all of you again soon.

Sincerely,
Rebecca Metzger DDS

[06/01/20]   We miss all of our patient family and are excited to start seeing all of you again! Our office has been undergoing a lot of change to make your dental experience as safe as possible. We are finishing some office renovations, doing team training, and working to open as soon as we can. Stay tuned for updates on re-opening and some of the new equipment that you'll see during your appointment.

06/01/2020

Molekule

We're working hard to make our office as safe as possible for re-opening. You'll notice that we will have Molekule air-purifiers throughout our office and treatment rooms. Check out how these state-of-the-art air purifiers are removing viruses and contaminants from our working environment.

You asked, we answered. Viruses it is. Can PECO destroy viruses? What kinds of testing are we doing? Our science writer Hal answers some of the most common virus questions on our blog: https://molekule.science/faqs_about_virus_testing/ #Virus #VirusTesting #CommonQuestions #AirMini #MolekuleAir #AirPuriffier

[04/25/20]   A letter to our patient family:

I am writing this from home with my 2 kids in the background. This is my 6th week of being home with them and away from my business, my employees, and my patients. We’re healthy and safe and luckier than many, but I miss all of you. I worry about how all of you are all doing, not just with your teeth and dental health, but with your families and your lives. I have many thoughts about the future of my practice and how we move forward from here and want to be open and honest about our current situation.

At this time, dentists are not being given a lot of clear guidance on what to do. The ADA and Governor Reynolds have stated that all non-emergency dental procedures should be postponed until after April 30th in the state of Iowa, but many states are postponed much longer (many through the end of May, mid-June, or until further notice). It’s possible that Iowa’s date could be pushed further back, but as I think about the possibility of re-opening, the guidelines on how to do so safely are both unclear for many procedures and impossible to accomplish for many others.

Every procedure in the dental office is a potential risk. Even with rigorous screening and social distancing procedures, every patient or staff member could be a potential carrier of SARS-CoV-2 (commonly also referred to as the Coronavirus or COVID-19). Much is unknown about this virus, but since it is known to have airborne transmission and can be transmitted when individuals are asymptomatic, the most dangerous medical procedures are those that produce aerosols.

PPE are designed to minimize this risk, but the risk is not zero to any of us. We are closely monitoring the situation and will follow all recommendations made by The Iowa Dental Board, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the American Dental Association (ADA). As you have likely heard from other sources, the current recommended Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to limit risk for our staff and our patients is not readily available. Because this is such a challenging and ever-changing situation, the recommendations are still being discussed. As soon as we’re given clear guidance, we’ll make every effort to get the PPE that we can.

We feel that it is irresponsible and potentially extremely dangerous to treat patients without proper protection, and without enough information to safely do so. Even as states are opening back up, the CDC is still recommending emergency procedures only and limiting aerosols as much as possible until future notice.

As a small business owner, I feel the financial strain of being closed and I’m nervous about the future of both our dental practice and the almost certain changes coming to the practice of dentistry. As a human, however, I am much more worried about all of you. Health is something you can’t assign a cost. There are many people in our dental family I have in mind as I write this. There are very young children, pregnant women, older adults, people who are immuno-compromised, and many with silent and pre-existing complicating conditions who come into our office daily. I am unwilling to compromise on safety for any of you.

I am not certain when we will be open again or what our “new normal” will look like when we do. I will, however, make the following promises to all of you: We will do everything in our power to protect you and your families as well as ourselves. We will listen to science, reputable sources, and health experts to make our decisions moving forward. We will endeavor to follow all guidelines set forth by the Iowa Dental Board, the ADA, OSHA, and the CDC. We will find a new normal, a new way of safely and effectively treating you and your families again, and we are extremely excited to see you all back at the office when the time is right.

At this time, I have made the decision to keep the office closed through the month of May as we work to fully understand the ever-changing requirements and recommendations from the cognizant organizations and as we work to get appropriate PPE. I will keep you updated as much as possible and will be thinking of you as always. Please continue to email me at [email protected] with any dental concerns and I will get back to you as soon as I’m able. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being part of our family, and I sincerely look forward to seeing you again.

Sincerely,
Rebecca Metzger DDS

03/30/2020

We are proud to be able to donate masks and cavicide wipes to Mary Greeley Medical Center. Thank you for caring for our community❤️

03/27/2020

COVID-19 Update: Clarification on Mandate to Cease Nonessential Dental Services

We miss our patients and we miss our team working together. Our greatest concern, however, is for the health and safety of our entire community. The Iowa Dental Board is now mandating that all non-essential dental procedures cease until April 16. Our office will remain closed until it is safe for us to reopen. As always, please do contact me at [email protected] if you have a dental emergency. Please take care of yourselves and your families, we’re all in this together.
Sincerely,
Rebecca Metzger DDS

content.govdelivery.com The proclamation for nonessential medical and dental services starts on March 27th at 5:00 p.m. and expires on April 16th at 11:59 p.m. If the proclamation expires as scheduled, this means routine patient care can resume on April 17th. There are some business closures in the proclamation that extend...

[03/16/20]   COVID-19 update:

We have made the difficult decision to close our office for the next 2 weeks. Under the recommendation of the American Institute of Dental Public Health and the Surgeon General, we are cancelling all appointments.

Our greatest concern is the health and well-being of our team, our patients, and the community. We will have limited to no staff at the office for the next 2 weeks. If you are a patient of record and have a TRUE dental emergency, please email my personal email [email protected]. This will give me a written record of what is going on and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this is causing. I truly care about our community, those who are immuno-compromised, the elderly, and the young. I will do my best for all of you and I hope you all stay safe!

Sincerely,
Rebecca Metzger DDS

[03/16/20]   To our valued patients:

It is important you know that we are deeply concerned about your health and well-being. We have been closely following recommendations from the CDC, the Iowa Department of Public Health and the American Dental Association with regard to COVID-19.

We will remain open as long as it is safe and appropriate to do so. Please know that we have always used strict disinfection procedures and universal precautions for every procedure and every patient. We will continue to meet or exceed sterilization and disinfection procedures in our operatories and sterilization areas as we always have. We are increasing our disinfection procedures in our waiting and common areas. All items that cannot be disinfected have been removed from the waiting area. High traffic areas will be cleaned throughout the day and hand sanitizer and wipes are available for patients at all times.

In addition to following universal precautions, the ADA recommends we implement some additional procedures to ensure the safety of our patients and team members.

BEFORE APPOINTMENTS:
We ask that only healthy patients and necessary caregivers present for dental appointments. We will happily reschedule your appointment due to travel or health concerns.
* If you have had a cough, sore throat, fever, or flu symptoms in the last 48 hours or have traveled outside of the country in the last 30 days, please call to reschedule your appointment.

UPON ARRIVAL:
You will be asked screening questions regarding your travel history and any cold or flu symptoms you may be having. We will always err on the side of caution and may ask you to reschedule your appointment if we are concerned. You will be given a mouth rinse to use before any procedures.

Thank you for your patience throughout this new and unknown time. We will be in contact with you again as we have any new information. Please take care of yourselves and your loved ones and stay safe!

Sincerely,
Rebecca Metzger DDS

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01/14/2020

Holiday party today!

10/31/2019

Happy Halloween 🎃

10/30/2019

Today is bittersweet as we wish Janet a wonderful retirement. We’ve been honored to have you as such a wonderful member of our team!

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Best of Story County 2019

We would be honored to receive your vote!

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[02/01/19]   We’re having trouble with our phone lines today. Please email [email protected] if you need to reach us. We apologize for the inconvenience.

01/10/2019

Celebration lunch for Valinda’s birthday!

10/31/2018

Have a spooktacular Halloween!!

[11/23/17]   We are thankful for our amazing patients and staff and hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

10/23/2017

FT or PT Associate Dentist Needed ASAP

If anyone knows a dentist looking for a wonderful opportunity, please pass this information along!

rmn.craigslist.org PARTNER FORCED TO RETIRE FOR HEALTH REASONS. IMMEDIATE NEED FOR ASSOCIATE! Interested in being part of a VERY busy, established and modern practice? Our PRIVATE family practice has an IMMEDIATE need...

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1015 Duff Ave
Ames, IA
50010

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 5pm
Tuesday 8am - 5pm
Wednesday 8am - 5pm
Thursday 8am - 5pm
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