Dentistry is essential healthcare and now, more than ever, it’s important to take care of your oral health.
American Dental Association (ADA) President Chad P. Gehani explains: “Oral health is integral to overall health. Dentistry is essential health care. Dentistry is essential health care because of its role in evaluating, diagnosing, preventing or treating oral diseases, which can affect systemic health.”
He goes on to share: “Millions of patients have safely visited their dentists in the past few months for the full range of dental services. With appropriate PPE, dental care should continue to be delivered during global pandemics.”
We couldn’t agree more. Your health matters to us, and that’s why we’ve chosen to remain open.
Here are a few of the steps we’ve taken to ensure your safety at our office, plus what to expect at your next appointment:
Clean Air: Continuous 24-Hour Purification and Filtration
As 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
Additional 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
Patient Protocols: What to Expect at Your Appointment
- Wait in your car until your appointment time (this is to limit the number 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
Remember, regular dental visits are an essential part of your overall health. We are committed to your health and safety, and that of our team. Thank you for your support and we’ll see you soon!