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.You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:
- Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
- 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 will kindly ask for you to wear a mask upon entering the office, or provide you with one if you do not have one.
- During check-in, we will take your body temperature as part of our screening process.
- We have removed magazines, books and so forth from our waiting room, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
- Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients, and to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.
- We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to properly disinfect the treatment rooms between appointments.
- In addition to standard personal protection equipment (PPE), our team is wearing additional layers of PPE including, but not limited to disposable gowns, N95 or KN95 masks, face shields, etc.
- We are installing medical grade air purifiers with HEPA filters to capture virus particles that may be in the air
- During cleanings and treatments, we have implemented a new isolation system to maintain a clean working environment and to reduce risk of infection and aerosol splatter.
- To further disinfect aerosols and surfaces, we are cold fogging each operatory room between patients.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding our safety measures and your upcoming appointment, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you and be well!