Going To The Dentist During COVID-19
Posted by Dr. Daniel Vasquez on May 5 2021, 04:51 AM
COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the dental industry like almost every other sector. As individual states approved the resumption of routine dental care, discussions have centered on how to provide safe oral healthcare, given the nature of the virus and how easily it may be dispersed during standard dental procedures.
COVID-19 has set the need to modify both therapeutic and preventive protocols in dental practice so new infections and progressive viruses can't spread. Dental practices have always been required to use the right equipment to maintain a strict level of hygiene and sterilization, and by adding the recommendations from the CDC, CDA, and ADA, our office has been able to provide a safe environment for our patients to receive the dental care needed.
Dental care Dentists are advised to:
- Follow standard precautions, including hand hygiene practice.
- Limit the number of dental healthcare providers present during the procedure.
- Limit the number of visitors to those who are necessary.
- Use a dental handpiece with an anti-retraction function, high evacuation suction, and rubber dams to reduce droplet splatter and aerosol generation.
- Maintain a dry environment and disinfect surfaces with EPA-approved chemicals.
- Wear PPE kits - an N95 or equivalent or higher-level respirator, eye protection, face shields, gloves, and a gown.
In addition to the advisories given above, our office has implemented:
- Patients/visitors/employees are required to properly wear a face mask that covers the mouth and nose at all times. Mask can only be removed while dental treatment is being performed.
- Temperature checks prior to entering the clinical area
- COVID-19 screening questionnaire during check-in
- In an effort to provide social distancing, only patients with appointments are allowed in the waiting room; all additional companions are advised to wait in their car, with the exception of caregivers for elderly patients or parents of minors.
- The reception area, including high contact surfaces, is disinfected several times a day.
- All documents are now paperless and sent via email to be completed prior to the appointment
- Air purifiers in each room
- Prior to being seated in the dental chair, patients must wash their hands and do a preprocedural antimicrobial mouth rinse.
- Patient rooms are disinfected prior to treatment and after treatment using top of the line EPA- approved disinfectants.
Our top priority is the safety of our patients and staff; therefore, we have done everything possible to minimize any risk. With that being said, you can feel free to schedule your next dental appointment with peace of mind knowing that we are doing our best to keep you protected.