Our Office’s Safety Precautions
To help prevent the transmission of all respiratory infections, including COVID-19, our office has always followed and exceeded CDC and OSHA's recommended infection control guidelines. For extra precaution during this time, we have increased our routine cleaning and disinfection strategies, using an EPA-registered, hospital-grade disinfectant, as well as appropriate sterilization of all tools and equipment. We have also incorporated a new, non-toxic disinfectant fogger, approved by the EPA to kill COVID-19, to our daily office cleaning protocols.
While our office has always adhered to the CDC's standard precautions, there are several common sense recommendations we are implementing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- Wellness screenings of patients for signs or symptoms of infection at each appointment, including taking temperatures.
- 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.
- Separating patients in our clinical area and practicing social distancing in all areas of the clinic.
- Wearing masks at all times, and asking patients to wear masks when in the office.
- Allowing only patients into the treatment areas.
When we contact you to schedule your appointment, we will ask if you are experiencing 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, we ask that you arrive on time for your appointment, rather than too early or late. Our parking lot will serve as our virtual waiting room, and we will bring the patient into our office at the appropriate time to limit the number of people inside our clinic. Please call or text us when you arrive. We would also appreciate you bringing your own mask to wear in order to help us preserve our supply of PPE. If you do not have one, we will provide one for you.
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 with your elbow 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.