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:
- We will take your temperature, and ask you some screening questions upon entering the office.
- In order to maximize air flow, we have the front door open, and we have three air conditioning units, and two HEPA filter air purifiers running at all times.
- We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
- You may see that our reception room will no longer offer refreshments, magazines, children's toys 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're offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
- We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.
We are asking you to please do the following:
- Make sure to wear a mask or face covering upon entering the office. If you don't have a mask, we're happy to provide you with one.
- Limit the number of family members waiting in the reception room to one if possible.
- Avoid coming in if you have in 14-21 days prior to your appointment experienced any flu-like symptoms such as cough, fever, shortness of breath, or have been in contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19. We will be happy to reschedule your appointment.
- Brush your teeth at home prior to your visit as our tooth-brushing station is now a hand-washing station only.