Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable.
We follow the infection control recommendations of the American Dental Association (ADA), the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.
Cleaning and Sanitizing the Office
We clean all common surface areas from the front door to the back of the office. We have hand sanitizer for you to use once you’ve entered the office as well as in the treatment room. A member of our team will meet you, take your temperature, then bring you back to the treatment room. While in the treatment room we will ask you to wash your hands at the sink and gargle with our herbal rinse. During your visit the water that is used in your mouth is Ozonized water which runs throughout our system. This kills all viruses and bacteria.
We have enhanced our social distancing protocols by asking patients to call or text upon arrival for appointment or when 5 minutes away from the office. This will allow for social distancing between patients. We ask that only patients or patients plus one critical caregiver, come to the appointment. To allow for social distancing our appointment times may mean fewer options available for scheduling. We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.
Upon entering our office you will notice we have installed a customized plexiglass shield at the front desk. All of our staff wears masks and we ask that you wear a face-covering wherever possible. For the clinical staff you will see the N95 mask, surgical mask and shield, a gown, head covering plus gloves. Each clinician will change out of all the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) after each patient is seen.
The DC Dentist uses a fogger to clean the air. The fogger pushes out Hydrochloric Acid Water which cleans the air. It looks and sounds similar to a vacuum cleaner. This is used throughout the office. This kills all viruses.
These are some of the ways The DC Dentist is working to ensure your continued health and well-being.