Our Office’s Safety Precautions
To help prevent the transmission of all respiratory infections, including COVID-19, we adhere to standardized infection control measures, such as performing hand hygiene and offering facemasks to patients who are without one.
Single-use materials: We always use new fit-checked N95 facemasks, single-use isolation gowns, and gloves for each patient per guidelines set by the FDA and CDC.
Best-practice disinfection: In addition to using an EPA-registered, hospital-grade disinfectant, we have implemented advanced sterilization of all instruments and equipment in our Dental SteriCenter.
Manufactured by SciCan infection control specialists, our SciCan Hydrim G4 Instrument Washer cleans our equipment before we place it in our SciCan Statim 5000 or Statclave autoclave. Autoclave sterilization uses heat—up to 270 degrees—to eliminate germs, viruses, and bacteria from our reusable equipment.
Though our office already adheres to standard 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
- Making sure our masks, gloves, and eye protection are appropriate for the procedures performed
- Cleaning and disinfecting public areas frequently, including door handles, chairs, and bathrooms
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 high-risk 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 call upon arrival and a staff member will coordinate your entrance into our office. We will review the presence of any COVID symptoms and record your and your child’s temperature before entering the our treatment area.
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 social distancing of at least six feet of distance.
- 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 enable us to direct you to the right health facility swiftly.
If you would like more information about our office’s dedication to your health and safety, please give us a call. For more information about what you can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19, please visit the World Health Organization website.