Our Office’s Safety Precautions
To help prevent the transmission of all respiratory infections, including COVID-19, we adhere to standardized infection control measures, such as performing hand hygiene, providing tissues and no-touch receptacles to throw away used tissues, We follow routine cleaning and disinfection strategies, using cleaners and water to pre-clean surfaces prior to applying an EPA-registered, hospital-grade disinfectant, as well as appropriate sterilization of all instruments and equipment. We also use new facemasks and gloves for each patient per guidelines set by the FDA and CDC.
While our office already adheres to these standard precautions, there are several common sense recommendations we are implementing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- Screening patients for signs or symptoms of infection prior to appointment and again prior to entering office.
- Checking patients' temperature and oxygen levels, and asking patients to use provided hand sanitizer.
- Making sure our masks, gloves, and eye protection are appropriate for the procedures performed.
- Cleaning and disinfecting all surfaces and touch areas before/after each patient, including door handles, chairs, and bathrooms.
- New medical grade H13 Hepa Filters have been installed, which filters all the air in each treatment room every 3 minutes..
- Using antimicrobial rinses to reduce transmission of any viruses.
- Our reception area will not be available for the near future.
- Asking patients to remain in their car upon arrival and check in with their cell phone. A staff member will walk out to get the patient when we are ready to bring you directly to the treatment area.
- Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients.
- We will do our best to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the office at any one time.
If you have an appointment scheduled within the next few weeks, please contact our office if you experience any of the following:
- Shortness of breath
- Have traveled outside our area recently.
- Have been around anyone testing positive for COVID-19.
We will discuss your health status, the dental treatment you require, and whether or not visiting our office will be safe for you, our other patients, and our staff.
When you visit our office, we ask that you arrive on time for your appointment, rather than too early.
How can you prevent contracting or spreading COVID-19?
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds. If you don’t have access to soap and water, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Maintain at least six feet of distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Do not use your hands.
- Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Calling in advance will allow your healthcare provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility.
If you would like more information about our office’s dedication to your health and safety, please give us a call. For more information about what you can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19, please visit the World Health Organization website.