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 want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows the 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 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 agency’s recommendations.

Our office has earned a reputation for the personal touch we offer to your care. It has always been important to build strong relationships with each patient. You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. It may seem less personal than normal but please understand most of these changes will be temporary.

For Example:

  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
  • For the time, we will be meeting patients at their cars to escort them directly to the operatory once it is ready. We want to mitigate any social interactions in the waiting room.
  • We will ask that only the patient goes back to the operatory unless the patient is a minor in which case the guardian may also come back as long as they are masked.
  • We will ask you to sanitize your hands when you first enter the office.
  • You may notice that our employees will now be wearing an increased amount of personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • We will routinely disinfect operatories and public areas throughout the day. We will be removing magazines and toys from waiting areas.
  • We will begin each appointment with an antiseptic mouth rinse prior to work.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow social distancing between patients. This might mean that you are allowed fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
  • Each room is outfitted with a HEPA grade air filtration unit that will circulate and filter the room’s air numerous times per hour.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient safe in our practice.