Our Office’s Safety Precautions
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WE ARE TAKING EXTRAORDINARY PRECAUTIONS FOR YOUR SAFETY
Your Health and Safety is our Primary Concern. We are constantly monitoring the recommendations by the CDC, OSHA, FDA and the ADA and modifying our policies and protocols.
INFECTION CONTROL MEASURES - CLEANING PROTOCOL
In light of the current Covid pandemic we have added to our usuual stringent practices. Our office atmosphere provides one of safety to all who enter.
When you arrive at the office you will notice some changes to the reception area. We have removed all our magazines, brochures, food etc. as to not be a source of Covid - 19 transfer. The furniture has been moved to allow adequate space for social distancing. All common areas are cleaned with an approved disinfectant frequently. An advanced HEPA filtration system is present to keep the air continually clean.
Your office visit
- As part of our new safety measures, we have added air purifiers that contain the most sophisticated HEPA filtration system available, as well as UVC treatment for the highest air quality. We will be fogging the office after each procedure with HOCL
- Several different suction devices will be used during treatment, based on the procedure to reduce the amount of aerosol.
Before your visit
- Before your appointment, each patient will be asked to complete a Covid-19 screening questionnaire. If your answers are positive we will assist you in rescheduling your appointment.
- When you arrive at the office, please either text or call the office from your vehicle, remain in your car until we advise you we are ready for your treatment. This is to assure that proper social distancing procedures may be respected.
- We ask that you wear a mask into the office.
- Temperatures will be taken on all patients to assure you do not have a fever.
- Patients will be required to present to the office unaccompanied.
During your visit
- You will be asked to either wash your hands with soap and water or to use hand sanitizer.
- You be asked to use a pre-treatment rinse as appropriate.
Concluding your visit
- Scheduling next appointments and payments will be conducted in the treatment areas to allow for appropriate social distancing. Payments will ideally be made with credit card, or other digital service.
- We will try to minimize paper use and send walk out receipts and appointment reminders by email
- We will have a new exit protocol (back door) for leaving the office to help minimize patients coming in contact with other patients.
- Whenever possible treatment plans will be gone over in operatory as well. We want to eliminate the amount of people converging at front desk.
ADDITIONAL SAFETY MEASURES
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.
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.
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.