Dental Care is Essential: How We Are Keeping You Safe During the Pandemic

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Dental Care is Essential: How We Are Keeping You Safe During the Pandemic

At Sloop Dental Co., your health and safety have always been our top priority.

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in our community, we remain committed to serving you because we know that dentistry is essential health care and now more than ever, it’s important to take care of your oral health.

Whether you need an emergency procedure or preventative maintenance, we are here to provide you and your family with the level of quality and comprehensive care you know and trust.

“Oral health […] plays a key role in a person’s systemic health,” ADA President Daniel J. Klemmedson, D.D.S., M.D., said. “Without dental treatment, there can be major impacts on a person’s overall well-being.”

According to the CDC, there has been no known transmission to date of COVID-19 in a clinical dental setting. A study published in The Journal of the American Dental Association found that less than one percent of dentists have contracted COVID-19. 

While these statistics are reassuring, our office and our staff will continue observing every precaution to protect your health and the health of our team. 

We have taken the following steps to ensure our office is a safe place to receive dental care:

Clean Air: Continuous 24-Hour Purification and Filtration

lennox air filterAs a standalone office, we benefit from having complete control of our ventilation.

In August 2020, we invested in a Lennox Air Filtration and Purification System and HEPA Bypass Filtration System. This system exceeds hospital Intensive Care and Operating Room level filtration and offers continuous 24-hour filtration.

In addition, we have a Medify Air H-13 TRUE HEPA medical-grade air filter in each room to clean the air every 15 minutes.

In Office: Social Distancing and Disinfecting

  • Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the ADA, CDC and OSHA
  • Our waiting room is limited to one person (or one family) at a time
  • We offer limited hours and appointment times to allow for social distancing
  • We limit the number of patients in the building at a time
  • We thoroughly clean and disinfect any area a patient has been before the next patient is allowed to enter

Enhanced Staff Screenings and Protocols

  • All team members receive temperature checks and screenings each morning
  • Our team launders our clothing in the office and wears street clothes home
  • Everyone on the team is required to shower immediately upon arriving home

SloopDental-FaceSheildAdditional Staff PPE: Dressed for Your Protection

  • A face shield and eye protection are worn during every procedure
  • N-95 masks (or KN-95 equivalent) are worn by staff when performing procedures that generate aerosols
  • Level 3 surgical masks are worn when no aerosols are generated
  • Gowns are changed between each patient (and laundry is done on site)
  • Surgical caps are worn when needed

Because of the surge in hospitalizations, access to certain supplies we use in our office has been limited. As a result, we are reducing the number of patient appointments we take to ensure that we have adequate and appropriate supplies for patient care as outlined above, and to ensure we are doing our part to keep critical supplies available for first responders.

Here’s what you can expect at your appointment:

  • Wait in your car until your appointment time (this is to limit the number of people in the office)
  • You will be screened at the front door with a temperature check
  • You will be offered hand sanitizer upon arrival
  • You will not be allowed in if you show any symptoms of illness
  • You must wear a mask in and out of the building and in the waiting room
  • You must rinse with hydrogen peroxide for 60 seconds prior to any aerosol generating procedure (this is proven to decrease the viral load in the saliva, therefore decreasing the amount of potential viral particles in the air)
  • Only necessary visitors are allowed with a patient

Even during a pandemic, access to dental care must remain a priority, and it is a privilege to be able to continue serving you through these challenging times. We are grateful for your support and look forward to seeing you soon!