Our Office’s Safety Precautions
To help prevent the transmission of all respiratory infections, including COVID-19, we adhere to CDC recommended infection control measures, such as performing hand hygiene, providing tissues and no-touch receptacles to throw away used tissues, hand sanitizer and offering facemasks to patients who are coughing.
We follow routine and stringent cleaning and disinfection strategies, such as pre-cleaning surfaces prior to the application of an EPA-registered, hospital-grade disinfectant, as well as proper sterilization of all tools and equipment. We also use special masks, face shields, gowns, and change gloves for each patient per guidelines set by the FDA and CDC.
While our office already exceeds CDC standards and precautions, there are several common-sense recommendations we are implementing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- Screening patients for signs or symptoms of infection when we update their medical histories and take their temperatures when they come for their appointment.
- Making sure our masks, gloves, and eye protection are appropriate for the procedures performed.
- We thoroughly clean, sanitize, and disinfect public areas frequently, including door handles, bathrooms, and waiting room, and clinic chairs.
- In an effort to keep the air in our office as clean as possible we utilize a State of the Art High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) air purification system which constantly monitors air quality and cleans and removes any harmful bacteria and viruses throughout the day. In fact, the total volume of air in our office is exchanged (purified) at least five (5) times per hour.
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.
When you visit our office, we ask that you arrive on time for your appointment, rather than too early. This will minimize the amount of time you spend in our waiting room or reception area. We may ask you to wait in the car until it is your turn.
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.
Please fill out the attached forms below before your upcoming appointment.