In response to the spread of COVID-19, our office has been closed for all non-emergency (elective) procedures since March 16, 2020 and will continue to be closed until notification of normal operations from the guidance of the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health as well as the state of California, the CDC and ADA. We continue to be available for our patients of record for dental emergencies only. Our practice strictly adheres and exceeds the standard for infection control by wearing personal protective gear, using hospital-grade disinfectants, practicing the latest sterilization protocols, utilizing single-use disposable materials and updating training protocols to the latest CDC guidelines.
On top of our high standard of infection control protocols, we have added another layer of patient protection due to the COVID-19 virus. Aerosols are created during dental procedures with the use of ultrasonic scalers, high speed drills and lasers. We are implementing new protocols and equipment to reduce the spread these aerosols created during patient procedures. This added layer of protection and procedures will provide the highest level of safety for our patients, our staff and families.
Each operatory is now equipped with a Surgically Clean Air Filter with UVC light that cycles the air 6 times an hour through the HEPA filters, Charcoal filters and UVC light. We are also in the process of obtaining Extra Oral Vacuum Systems which are used to contain the generated aerosols and exhaust sanitized air.