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 the start of the appointment
- Having the option for patients to wait in a "virtual waiting room." Patients call the office when they arrive to the parking lot and wait in their car until our office lets you know we are ready to begin your appointment.
- 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
- Loss of taste or smell
- Exposure to a COVID-19 Positive patient
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.
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.