WELCOME BACK! We Are Reopening with Better Dentistry- Cleaner Air to Keep you Healthy
Updated: 6 days ago
Since our office closed on March 16, 2020, we have been working hard ensure a safe environment for our patients and employees.
Our office anticipates to reopen on June 1.
While we cannot wait to reopen, there has been a ton of effort by our team to welcome you back.
Many patients are asking, when can we make appointments? Our answer was when it is safe. Now, with addition of HEPA air filters and new safety protocols, we feel confident that our office is doing everything we can to protect our patients from infectious harm.
You might be familiar with the first photo
Our new equipment and safety protocols are outlined below:
Addition of 5 Medical Grade HEPA air filter
Extraoral Vacuum that collects aerosols at the source
Dry Shield Intraoral suction
Socially Distanced Check In and Check Out
Detailed screening for COVID on phone prior to appointment
Extremely thorough disinfection of our operatories between patients
Enforcement of Hand Hygiene and Mouth Disinfection with Hydrogen Peroxide
1. Addition of 5 Medical Grade HEPA air filter
Our office is adding 5 Medical Grade HEPA air filters. The HEPA filters will deliver superior air changes/ hour (ACH) of 15 (300 cubic feet per minute). In translation, you will have very clean air, and get new air about every 4 minutes.
The virus that causes COVID-19 is approximately 0.125 microns. The filter will clear 99.97% up to .3 microns and 99.5% up to 0.003 microns.
The HEPA filter will provide 15 air exchanges per hour. This is comparable to the same air exchange rate inside of an Operating Room. In a normal setting, without air filters, the ACH is 8-12 per minute.
2. Extraoral Vacuum that collects aerosols at the source
The second adjustment is that for all dental procedures that will create aerosols, we will use Rubber Dam AND have an Extraoral Vacuum System. This also reduces aerosols. Aerosols are the reason why dental offices have have to take extreme measures.
3. Dry Shield Intraoral suction
All hygiene procedures in the future will be completed using an intraoral suction called Dry Shield. This is in addition to the extraoral suction to ensure aerosols are taken away at the source!
4. Socially Distanced Check-In and Check-Out
Patients will stay in their car until the office is ready to see them.
Checking Out will be contactless. We will provide patients with a payment option sent directly to them via text message or email. Appointment reminders will be provided via text message or email as well.
5. Detailed screening for COVID on phone prior to appointment
We will be calling patients 2 days before their appointment and screen them. We will ensure that patients who do show symptoms related to COVID-19 get tested first instead of coming to the office. We hope to keep everyone safe and healthy.
6. Extremely thorough disinfection of our operatories between patients
Our office has always had thorough disinfection policies. However, due to COVID-19, we are adhering to new strict CDC and national guidelines for infection control. We are adding 30 minutes between each appointment for additional steps required for disinfection. We added more plastic barriers so that the patient can sit on a dental chair with fresh covering. Our infection control practices remain the same as this was always intended to protect patients from pathogens.
7. Enforcement of Hand Hygiene and Mouth Disinfection with Hydrogen Peroxide
Once the patient arrives, they will be asked to get their temperature taken. Afterwards, they will be asked to wash their hands for 20 seconds and then rinse their mouth with Hydrogen Peroxide for 1 minute.
Look out for updates soon
Our dental office is here to protect our patients. As this is new to all of us, we are going to continue monitoring this situation.
Our office is adhering to strict guidelines to make sure that the environment is as safe as possible for everyone. We have all equipment necessary and will be ready to start seeing new patients starting from June.
We will be posting a video update that details all the new steps patients must follow.