You will notice changes in our office like new patient screening protocols, staggered appointment times to ensure social distancing, HEPA 13 air purification units, and additional PPE worn by our team members. However, one thing remains the same: our dedication to your health and safety. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there has never been a report of a Covid-19 cluster associated with dental care. We are committed to continuing to follow the most stringent and up-to-date infection control guidelines to keep our patients safe from all transmissible diseases, Covid-19 included.
What are we doing to keep everyone safe in the dental office?
Our first goal is to eliminate, as much as possible, the chance of anyone with Covid-19 entering our office or receiving dental care in our practice. Therefore, we are screening all patients by phone prior to their appointment and then again once they arrive for their appointment before they enter the practice. We are also screening all dental team members before they are allowed to come to work each day. Additionally, we will take the temperature of all patients and dental team members prior to their entering the practice.
With the exception of when a patient is directly receiving dental care, patients will be asked to wear a mask at all times when in the facility and maintain a 6 foot social distance from other patients. We will be staggering patient appointment arrival and departure times in order to assure patients are able to maintain the 6 foot distance from one another when entering and exiting the practice and when in the front office area and hallway.
Patients will also be asked to use hand sanitizer provided at the front desk and wash their hands upon entering the treatment room. Patients will also be asked to rinse with peroxide-based mouthwash prior to starting any dental procedure since peroxide kills the virus that causes Covid-19.
Additionally, our facility has been outfitted with sneeze barriers and hospital grade HEPA 13 air purification units in all treatment rooms. And of course we are using high-level surface disinfectants that are approved for killing the virus that causes Covid-19. All dental team members will wear additional PPE including face shields with surgical masks or respirators. The office is being "fogged" daily with a CDC approved solution. The office is further disinfected each evening using a powerful UV light source.