Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines.
While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.
Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice, and you may have seen this during your visits to our office.
Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable.
We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff 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 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.
Our waiting room will have designated areas for each family so that we are practicing social distancing measures.
You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys, drinks, and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you may be offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment and that we may limit the number of family members that can be present at each appointment.
We are REQUIRING the guardian and all children over the age of 11 to wear a mask to your appointment. The waiting room will also have hand sanitizer available for each patient and guardian.
In the clinic area, patients and guardians will be seated to allow for social distancing.
Each area of the office will have a medical grade air purification system in place.
Each patient’s temperature will be measured with a non-contact thermometer for each appointment, before he/she is brought back to the clinic area.
High volume evacuation (HVE) and Isodry evacuation/isolation systems will continue to be used to reduce the risk for spreading infection.
Our staff will also be screened for COVID-19 each day, and we will be using the highest recommendations for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as N-95 masks and face shields.