Our Office’s Safety Precautions
To help prevent the transmission of all respiratory infections, including COVID-19, we adhere to standardized infection control measures and guidelines by the FDA and CDC, such as performing hand hygiene, providing tissues and no-touch receptacles to throw away used tissues, and offering facemasks to patients who forget their own at home. We follow routine cleaning and disinfection strategies, using disinfecting wipes to pre-clean surfaces prior to applying an EPA-registered, hospital-grade disinfectant, as well as appropriate sterilization of all instruments and equipment. HEPA air filters can also be found between patient rooms to keep air clean and circulated. We also use new facemasks, faceshields, lab coats, and gloves for each patient.
While our office already adheres to these standard precautions, there are several additional recommendations we are implementing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- Screening patients for signs or symptoms of infection prior to their 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, counters, and bathrooms.
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, we ask that you wait in your vehicle or outside for your appointment, rather than in the waiting area. This will minimize the amount of time you spend in our waiting room or reception area. We also ask that you wear a mask at all times until given further instruction.
How can you prevent contracting or spreading COVID-19?
- Wear a mask at all times when indoors and within 6 feet of others for periods of longer than 15 minutes outdoors.
- 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.