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. Our infection control procedures always meet or exceed what is required to ensure staff and patients safety.
In addition, as a team, we have implemented additional equipment and strategies to enhance or exceed recommendations. We have added extra purification/filtration measures throughout the office. All aerosol producing procedures will have high speed suction. We also only allow the patient in our office, after temperature check and hand sanitizing, to keep occupancy at a minimum. All others will have to wait in our building lobby or their car. We also have implemented additional PPE for our staff in the operatories, such as long white coats, shields, glasses and additional barriers. We have always used hospital grade sanitizers yet we have added additional cleaning measures to ensure the safety of everyone. Our building is fogged regularly and also is an all mask building in common areas. Even though this may seem excessive, we don’t want any unnecessary risk left unchecked.
We’ve asked all staff members to be mindful of personal health and anyone who doesn’t feel well to remain home. Our staff will also be required to be screened each day before work including a temperature check. All staff members have had COVID-19 training and are well equipped to follow all policies and procedures.
We recognize that this is a time filled with uncertainties for everyone and we want to assure you of our commitment to provide you with the services you depend on. We promise to keep you updated through this dynamic situation, and we look forward to making your smile beautiful! Please remember that gum disease is an inflammatory disease and chronic infection compromises your immune system, so it’s always advisable to avoid gum disease and maintain good oral care, especially in a pandemic, when you need your immune system at its’ best.