Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it's both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.
Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and 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.
You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:
- Our office may communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You'll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
- We have hand sanitizer available in the office for you to use as needed.
- You may see that our reception room will no longer offer magazines, children's toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
- Although not mandated, our office has installed a medical grade air purifier to achieve optimal air quality while reducing the spread of viruses and bacteria.
- Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you're offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
- We will do our best to schedule appointments to reduce the number of patients in the reception room at any one time.
- You may see that all staff, including the front office staff, will be wearing masks.
- We ask that everyone who enters the office wear a face covering or mask.
While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety. We urge you to use caution as well. If you have flu-like symptoms, a fever, cough or shortness of breath, please contact our office to reschedule your appointment.