What We Are Doing to Protect You
We are striving to bring you the best dental care possible during this pandemic. Our office has instituted several new policies to bring added protection to our staff, our patients and our community. As always, our instruments are sterilized in a steam autoclave that kills all bacteria and viruses as well as bacterial endospores. Anything that cannot be placed in the sterilizer is thoroughly cleaned with a hospital-grade disinfectant that also kills bacteria and viruses. We are also using hospital-grade disinfectant to clean common areas and patient treatment rooms.
Another way we are protecting our patients and staff is by having patients wait outside our office or in their car prior to their appointment. When you arrive please call our office and we will assist you. We also ask that during this pandemic you come alone to your appointment and do not bring any guests. If a minor has an appointment they are allowed to bring a guardian. Patients and employees will be screened every day for illness by evaluating symptoms and checking for elevated temperature. We ask for your patience in this time as you will be required to fill out and answer several questions about your health before and during every visit during this pandemic.
A plexiglass barrier now separates our front office staff from the rest of the waiting room and all of our treatment staff will wear masks at all times. You may notice during your visit to our office that it seems more bare than usual. For your added safety we have removed everything from our waiting rooms and treatment rooms that could become a source of infection. Anything that remains in the rooms is disinfected after every patient. Any procedure that we perform that may produce aerosols will be accompanied by our high velocity suction. This removes nearly all of the aerosols produced, limiting the aerosol exposure to our staff and patients.
These are just some of the things that we are doing to keep our patients, staff and community healthy. We are following the current recommendations of the ADA, CDC, and OSHA and are doing our best to be informed of any updates to these recommendations. If you have any concerns please feel free to contact our office and we would be happy to assist you.