Our office has re-opened following the COVID-19 shutdown in March-May 2020. Our infection control processes have always been a top priority, and now we have established new protocols and extra precautions to ensure our patients' and staff’s safety during this pandemic.
Our office strictly follows special guidelines for dental offices 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 will continue to follow the advice of these agencies as new guidance is issued.
To minimize person-to-person contact, we are keeping patients away from each other and staff (social distancing), our waiting room is closed, and the main entrance will be closed to the public. Patients will be asked to wait in their car, and when called, they will be admitted to the side door, directly into the clinical area.
New protocols have been implemented:
To Control the Infection Source
- Patient screening via phone, providing teledentistry where appropriate.
- Patients will be asked to wear masks inside of the office, except when being treated.
- Patients will be given a health screening questionnaire when they schedule appointments and when they arrive at our office, and their temperature will be taken.
- Antiseptic mouth rinse and hand sanitizer will be provided at the start of each visit.
Engineering Controls in Clinical Area
- We have added air purifiers with UV lights, and use disposable high-speed suction devices to reduce aerosols.
- Enhanced sanitizing of clinical areas will take place between patients.
- Patients will be asked to wait in their cars and admitted directly into the clinical area.
- To reduce the number of people occupying the office at the same time, we will only admit one patient at a time.
- Office staff and doctors' temperatures will be taken in the morning and continually monitored throughout the day.
- Patients will be provided with clean safety goggles during the procedure.
- Proper PPE (personal protective equipment) will be worn at all times when in the clinical area.
We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.