Our community has been through a lot over the last few months and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same in our dental office is our commitment to your safety.
Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes were developed so your dental care is both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about some of the new infection control procedures we have added to keep patients and staff safe.
Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.
We have implemented new procedures and we are ready to safely deliver care in the COVID-era. For example:
Our office will communicate with you before your visit to ask some COVID-19 screening questions. You will be asked the same questions again when you arrive at the office.
Instead of using the waiting room, we ask that you call us when you are in the parking lot. We will call you when we are ready for your visit.
We require all of our patients to wear a mask when they arrive. If you do not have one, we will provide one for you.
Before entering the office we will be taking your temperature in the hallway as an additional screening procedure. The staff will also have their temperature taken daily.
We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
We are reducing the number of patients to ensure proper physical distancing and have added an extra 10 minutes to each appointment for additional disinfection of our operatories.
We have plexiglass shields in the reception area and multiple UV and HEPA air filters.
Our clinical staff will be wearing N-95 masks, face shields, gowns, and shoe coverings.
Instead of exiting through the waiting room, we ask that you exit through the back door to ensure physical distancing.
All of our staff are regularly tested for COVID-19 and carefully monitoring their own symptoms and possible exposures.