The COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot of things about our daily lives. Your regular visits to the dentist have changed too!
The American Dental Association has developed science-based guidance to dentists on extra steps they can take, In addition to the strict infection control procedures we have always followed to help protect our patients and staff.
HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT AT YOUR NEXT APPOINTMENT.
BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT
To help make sure that patients arriving for their appointments are healthy, we may call you before your appointment and ask you some questions about your current health. We may also repeat these questions when you arrive to make sure nothing has changed.
We also ask that you limit the number of people you bring to the appointment. That could mean leaving your children at home or allowing older children to go into the office alone while their parent waits outside during their appointment.
AT YOUR APPOINTMENT
Please be sure to wear a mask to your appointment, we will provide them as well. When you arrive at the office, you will have your temperature taken.
Inside the office, you may notice things people often touch in the waiting room – like toys or magazines – have been removed. They may have hand sanitizer available for you to use and may wipe down items you touch, such as pens, clipboards or furniture.
We will also be using different protective equipment this could include different masks, face shields, gowns and goggles. These additional precautions help protect both you and the Staff.
We also have an air purifier that helps to improve our air quality within the office. You may notice that we are using special vacuums to reduce the bacteria in the air during your dental procedures.
AFTER YOUR APPOINTMENT
After your appointment is over, the staff will thoroughly clean the areas where you’ve been using disinfectants that are effective against the virus that causes COVID-19 to prepare for the next patient. This helps reduce the risk of illness being passed to others. We also use a fogging machine to spray effect and safe disinfectant throughout the entire office Daily.
Remember, regular dental visits are an essential part of your overall heath. Be sure to reschedule your dental checkups once your local authorities allow dental practices to reopen. Your ADA dentist will make sure your visit is as safe as possible for everyone involved.