As we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, you may notice some changes necessary to accommodate our enhanced infection control protocols, such as longer appointments and increased intervals between appointments. While our staff will remain masked at all times, face masks are encouraged but not required for patients and guests.
We are monitoring the situation closely and implementing guidance from regulatory and health authorities to ensure the health and safety of our patients, staff, and community.
Because of the nature of our work, dentistry has always included a focus on infection control, minimizing the risk that infectious diseases could be passed between patients, providers, and staff. We have always worn disposable gloves and surgical masks, washed our hands between patients, utilized single-use items when possible, treated reusable tools with chemical or high-pressure steam sterilization after each use, applied disposable barriers to high-touch surfaces, and disinfected operatory surfaces including chairs, counters, and equipment between patients. Maintenance and testing protocols are rigorously followed to ensure proper operation of sterilization equipment.
As we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and more information is revealed about how spread can be prevented, you may notice we have implemented additional protocols and equipment in order to protect our staff, our patients, and our community by minimizing the risk of transmission.
- Patients are encouraged but not required to wear a mask until we are ready to begin treatment
- Clear barriers at reception and check-out counters
- Masks worn at all times by clinical staff
- Washable or disposable gowns, face shields and head coverings worn for any procedure likely to generate aerosol or splatter
- H13 HEPA filtration units in every treatment room.
- Pre-procedure rinse
- Intra-oral suction devices to minimize aerosol production
- Limiting the use of aerosol-generating instruments unless necessary
We continue to monitor the developing situation and will modify our preventive measures to best assure the health of our patients and staff.