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, and offering facemasks to patients who are coughing. 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 tools 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.
You may see some additional changes at your next appointment. For example:
- Our office will communicate with you beforehand with screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you arrive.
- If your appointment was cancelled during the shutdown, we will contact you to reschedule your appointment. Due to the new social distancing guidelines by the ADA/CDC, all procedure times will be lengthened to ensure maximum safety. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
- We encourage everyone to wear a mask before entering the office.
- Please floss, brush and use mouth wash at home prior to your appointment.
- Please text or call us upon arrival from the parking lot. We will meet you at the entrance. We will go over the screening questions, take your temperature, and escort you to the treatment area. Please refrain from sitting in the waiting room or bringing companions. Our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
- Hand sanitizer will be provided. We ask you to use it when you enter the office. You will also find sanitizer in the reception area and throughout the office for you to use as needed.
- You will be asked to rinse with hydrogen peroxide prior to your appointment.
- At our practice, we have always used level 3 masks (generally the highest class in dentistry). Now we will be using N95 masks, face shields and disposable gowns.
- We are fitting our HVAC system with medical grade ODOROX unit. This cutting-edge ultraviolet hydroxyl generating technology has been at the forefront of air purification and air-decontamination.
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
- Travel within the past 14 days to affected geographical regions
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. This will minimize the amount of time you spend in our waiting room or reception area. If you have respiratory symptoms, we will ask that you wear a facemask.
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.