We have been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming some normalcy in our lives. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your dental health, your safety and your well-being.
Infection control has always been a top priority in our practice, and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are in place so that when you receive care, it is both safe and comfortable for you. As we begin to welcome patients back to the office, we want to share the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and the dental team 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 monitor 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 agency’s recommendations.
Based on the current recommendations, you will see a few changes when it is time for your next appointment to help protect our patients and team. Some of the changes you can expect are as follows:
- Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask screening questions. You will be asked those same questions again when you arrive in the office.
- We ask that you remain in your car and notify the office when you arrive.
- As a part of the screening process, we will take your temperature before we bring you into the office. Please arrive wearing a mask or cloth face covering.
- We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find hand sanitizer in other places int the office for your use as needed.
- You may see that we have arranged our waiting room to meet social distancing requirements. You may also notice that we will not be able to offer magazines, or other reading material, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
- Personal items such as purses, handbags and backpacks will no longer be allowed in the treatment room.
- We can no longer offer you a blanket, so please dress accordingly.
- We will be administering a preprocedural rinse on all patients of Colgate Peroxyl, which contains 1.5% hydrogen peroxide, prior to treatment. Rinsing decreases the microbes in your mouth by 95%, thereby making it safer for you, other patients and the dental team.
- We must limit who is able to accompany you to your appointment to only those who must be with you. Guests who must accompany you will need to be screened as well.
- All appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients and for increased infection control measures to be followed. This may mean that appointment lengths or availability may be different than usual.
Additionally, we will employ a high-volume evacuation (HVE) unit that keeps aerosols down by 95% – 98%. We will be donning fresh personal protective equipment (PPE) each appointment, including changing new lab coats with each patient, and wearing face shields and masks, as per guidelines.
We will also be using a UVC sterilization wand on those areas that are difficult to disinfect. We would like you to know that our office is also equipped with HEPA filters that are monitored and changed regularly. We want you to know that your health and safety, as well as the health and safety of our team, is our top priority and that with these efforts, we will keep you safe.