Our Office’s Safety Precautions
To help prevent the transmission of all respiratory infections, including COVID-19, we adhere to standardized infection control measures. We follow routine cleaning and disinfection strategies, using cleaners and water to pre-clean surfaces prior to applying an EPA-registered, hospital-grade disinfectant, as well as appropriate sterilization of all tools and equipment. We also use new facemasks and gloves for each patient per guidelines set by the FDA and CDC.
While our office already adheres to these 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.
- Maintaining a waiting room with socially distanced chairs that is free of any books, magazines or toys.
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 affected geographical 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, you will notice that we have some new procedures to help keep us and you safe.
1) We will call you several days before your appointment to confirm your date and time, update your medical history and insurance information, and perform a medical pre-screening. This pre-screeening will be confirmed when you arrive for your appointment.
2) You may enter the waiting room when you arrive for your appointment. You must wear a mask to enter the building.
3) A team member will give you any unfinished paperwork, confirm the pre-screening, and take the temperature of anyone who will enter the building. Anyone with a temperature over 100.4 degrees F will be rescheduled two weeks after their symptoms subside.
4) All children nine years old and over are encouraged to let us escort them to the building without a parent/guardian.
5) If a parent/guardian wishes to accompany their child, only one adult is allowed to enter the building. Please do not bring other family members or siblings who do not have an appointment. This will limit the number of people we have in the waiting room. Extra family members will be asked to remain in their car in the parking lot.
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.
- 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.