OUR RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS
Amid growing concern about the coronavirus COVID-19, our top priority is the health and safety of our patients and staff. We understand the concerns and uncertainty that you may be experiencing around this evolving situation, and we want to share a few ways our practice is committed to your well-being. Please click below for a letter to our patients about the steps our practice is taking to address concerns of coronavirus.
How Coronavirus Impacts Your Dental Appointment
To help us maintain the safety of our staff and other patients, we ask you to please contact us right away if any of the following conditions apply to you:
You have travelled outside of the US in the last month;
You have a cough, fever, shortness of breath, or flu-like symptoms;
You have had contact with anyone who has been exposed to coronavirus.
We are happy to reschedule appointments for patients who feel unwell.
Together, we can reduce the spread of coronavirus
Practicing extra caution with personal hygiene, we can help slow the spread of coronavirus. Here are some vital actions you can take, recommended by the CDC.
Wash your hands frequently using soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds.
Use hand sanitizer with a minimum of 60% alcohol if hand washing is unavailable.
Do not touch your eyes, nose, face, or mouth unless you have clean hands.
Maintain distance from others in public of at least six feet.
Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough.
Stay at home if you are sick.
Throw used tissues away immediately.
If you are sick and must go out, wear a facemask.
You can learn more about disinfecting guidelines by visiting the CDC website.
Our Sterilization and Pathogen Control Procedures
Our practice adheres to all of the Standard and Transmission-Based Precautions and mandated by the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC).
1. We maintain the highest cleanliness standards and sterilization protocols using OSHA-approved disinfectants and/or the barrier method to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
2. We use medical-grade disinfectants and cleaners shown to eliminate bacteria and viruses.
3. All instruments are sterilized using OSHA-approved methods between each patient. Instrument carriers are equipped with indicators that show they have reached the proper temperature during the process.
4. Many of our instruments and supplies are designed for single use. Once used, they are immediately disposed of safely.
5. Sterilization equipment is maintained and certified regularly.
6. Common areas like the reception area, restrooms, and consultation areas are all regularly cleaned and sterilized to prevent disease spread outside of the treatment room.
7. We have safety protocols in place in the event that our patients or dental team are exposed to any infectious diseases.
A full outline of the procedures can be found on the CDC website: Oral Health Procedures.