COVID-19 OFFICE SAFETY MEASURES
Your safety is our number one priority. That’s why we are implementing several changes to our office to ensure your safest appointment possible.
STAFF AND PATIENT
WAITING-LESS WAITING ROOM
Our waiting room will not be utilized at this time in order to effectively practice social distancing. Instead, we will give you a pager to keep with you in your car. The pager will beep to let you know you are able to come in and be brought directly into your appointment.
PERSONAL PROTECTION EQUIPMENT
Protection gear, such as surgical and N95 masks, will be worn by our team. Frequent hand washing will be practiced at all times.
Screening of both guests and staff will be taken with questions including: recent exposure to others who are sick, recent travel, and body temperature checks. Guests will be asked to wash their hands upon entering the appointment. Frequently touched surfaces, such as door handles, will be sanitized several times daily.
Paper will be eliminated to reduce transfer between patients and staff. Forms will be completed digitally, along with some payments. Debit and credit cards used for payment will be sanitized upon use at the front desk.
REMOVING SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT
Keeping materials clean means keeping them out of contaminated areas and covering them. Dental supplies will be kept in special tubs that keep them all in one place. The less transfer of materials from one room to the next, the less contamination that will take place.
DISINFECT EQUIPMENT COVERS
Equipment covers can become a point of contagion, so we will be taking all steps necessary to ensure that these materials will be disinfected frequently.
NEW TECHNOLOGY AND CLEANING
We will be implementing the newest technology to keep both guests and staff protected. Keeping a morning and evening cleaning checklist for our staff will ensure thorough cleaning protocols will be taken daily within the office.
HVAC – FILTRATION AND STERILIZATION
Controlling heating, ventiliation, and air conditioning (HVAC) to create negative pressure within the building will reduce contagion levels. This will help especially in the clinical area of the building, where contagion levels become the most concentrated.
NEGATIVE PRESSURE AIR FLOW
Our current heating and air conditioning systems will be modified to create negative pressure air flows, which will reduce contagion levels within the building.
EXTRAORAL SUCTION AND SAFE T SHIELD
Working so closely to the oral cavity increases exposure to disease. Special extraoral suction devices will be used to provide more aerosol control to limit the chances of viral transmission. A more substantial safety solution, called the Safe T Shield, is a newly developed product that will be used as an effective barrier shield device between guests and staff.