Our office has officially reopened and resumed normal operations as of June 1st. While many things in the world have changed, one thing has remained the same: our office’s commitment to your safety.
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 guidelines from the American Dental Association (ADA), the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
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 of 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.
We are prescreening all our patients prior to confirming their appointments and postponing any patients who may be at a greater risk. We are scheduling appointments in a manner that promotes social distancing and allowing our staff adequate time to disinfect all areas of use in between patient appointments. In addition to this, our office has implemented a parking lot waiting room system prevent patients from crossing paths while entering and exiting our office.
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 have modified our rooms to allow for complete enclosure, that way the air filters can effectively filter the room air 20 times per hour.
All treatment rooms are now equipped with an extra oral vacuum that helps effectively suction aerosols that are produced by our instruments (Ultrasonic/cavitron scaler, polisher, high speed drill). These are used during procedures that are known to create more aerosols.
All areas of the office is fogged with hypochlorous acid (HOCL) between patients. In doing so, it kills any residual bacteria that may be suspended in the air.