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, providing no-touch receptacles to throw away used tissues and trash, and requiring all staff, patients and visitors in our practice to wear a facemask at all times. We follow routine cleaning and disinfection strategies, using EPA-registered, hospital-grade disinfectant, as well as appropriate sterilization of all instruments and equipment. We also use all PPE (personal protective equipment) recommended by the CDC and American Dental Association.
While our office already adheres to these standard precautions, there are several additional precautions we are implementing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- Screening patients by taking their temperature and completing a questionnaire for signs or symptoms of infection prior to coming into the office
- Practicing a "virtual waiting room" where patients wait in their car for a team member to come out and screen them prior to entering the office
- 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.
- Social distancing as much as possible within the office.
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
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 arrive on time for your appointment and wait in your car after you have called in to the office to let us know of your arrival. A team member will come meet you at your car, take your temperature and ask you COVID-19 screening questions to ensure it is safe for you to come up to the office for your appointment.
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 at least six feet of distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Wear a mask in public areas.
- 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 allow your healthcare provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility.
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.