Enhanced Office Safety Protocols
Infection control and sanitation have always been top priorities for our practice.
What We’ve Always Done
We sterilize any and all dental instruments after use, or after the sterile seal has been broken. We use FDA-approved sterilizers for all our instruments, and if an instrument is unable to be sterilized, we dispose of it properly after a single use.
We use EPA-registered disinfectants to clean our entire office. We have always used these disinfectants to clean every surface touched during a procedure between every patient.
We have always had ventilation systems that help remove particles from the air and help circulate air flow throughout our offices.
We have hand sinks and hand sanitizer available to patients throughout our office.
As always, Ipad are used for paperless patient forms and they are disinfected between each patient.
We have always gone the extra mile when it comes to keeping our office sparkling clean! We now have taken our cleaning and infection control measures even further with new protocols!
PPE for You & Us
PPE has and remains to be mandatory for all procedures in our offices. In addition to wearing face masks and gloves like we normally do, we will now also be wearing face shields and scrub caps. You may also notice our front team members and office staff also wearing PPE; this is to ensure the safety of anyone who enters the office.
Pre-Screening Text Message
Four days prior to your appointment, you will get a text message asking you to contact the office if you have recently traveled or if you have not been feeling well.
Pulse Oximeter & Temperature Checks
All team members will have their temperature and oxygen levels checked and will be asked a few screening questions before starting their workday. When you arrive we will also need to check your oxygen levels and temperature and ask you questions as well. We may need to reschedule your appointment in the event of a fever or any positive answers to the screening questions. We are doing this to play it safe and ensure your safety and the safety of others.
Patient Room Disinfecting
We have always followed strict disinfecting protocols but we have increased these even more. Instead of just sanitizing and disinfecting our patient rooms between patients, you may notice the plastic barriers covering most surfaces. These barriers are removed and properly disposed of after each patient, and before putting on a new one, everything in the patient room is sanitized and disinfected using EPA-registered disinfectant.
We are sanitizing and disinfecting any surface a patient may touch in our office on a regular schedule.
Any procedure then can be performed without generating aerosols will be done without them. In the event that a procedure requires aerosols, we have implemented high-volume dental aerosol suction in all of our patient rooms.
Air Purification Systems
In addition to our state-of-the-art ventilation system, we have implemented Clean Republic Disinfectant plus Sanitizer Aerosol with UVC light to sanitize the air throughout the office, twice a day.
To abide by the current regulations, we have also introduced social distancing measures in all of our offices.
We are limiting the number of people in our offices; minors and patients who need assistance are the only exceptions. Please call ahead to let us know.
You may notice the seating arrangements in our office have changed; this is to allow the 6-foot recommendation of distance between any patients who must sit in the waiting area.
Strategically Scheduling Appointments
We will be making sure to schedule appointments strategically to limit the amount of people entering and leaving the office at the same time.
When you arrive please park and call or text our office to let them know you are here. When we are ready to see you, we will send you a text message to come inside.
When you have finished your appointment, you will go to the front desk where a team member will stand behind plexiglass for check-out. All team members will be wearing the proper PPE. You will then be escorted out of the building; we open all the doors so you don't have to touch any door handles.
How Can You Help
We are doing everything in our power to keep you safe. Here’s how you can do your part to keep yourself, other patients, and our team members safe!
We are requiring anyone who enters our office to wear a facemask. If you do not have one with you, please call the office before entering, and we can provide you with one.
Book Multiple Appointments in the Same Day
When you book more than one appointment in the same day, you are helping not only our offices but yourself as well. Doing this limits the amount of times you need to leave your house.
You are able to book ahead and pre-pay for your appointments before you enter our office. This limits the time you are in the office outside of your allotted appointment time. You can book your appointment online here.
We are here for you as a partner in your healthcare and are looking forward to seeing you! Please give us a call at 757-483-6297 if you have any questions or concerns.