Ever since March of 2020, COVID-19 has changed the lives of millions of Americans and forced dental practices to make many changes to their protocols that will not be going away any time soon. During the months of March and April, many dental practices had to close because of state related bans, emergencies were the only exception. Even after reopening, the volume of patients has remained at a record low. There are many factors contributing to this, but the biggest reason is because of the ‘fear’ of being infected with the virus. The general knowledge is that the virus can spread from one person to another if they are less than 6 feet apart through the micro particles made when they sneeze, cough, or talk. To ensure the safety of our patients and staff, our team has implemented new permanent guidelines in accordance with the guidelines given by the CDC.
To begin, all staff members are required to take a COVID-19 screening test to be authorized to work.
Our office has established a pre-appointment screening process which ensures that patients with COVID-19 symptoms do not come to our clinic.
- Temperatures are taken as soon as the staff arrives, and the office keeps a screening log to be filled out for all staff on a daily basis. Patients are temperature screened upon entry before check-in and it is logged to their file.
- All check-in areas, waiting areas, workstations, and operatory rooms are sanitized before and after each patient.
- There is only one patient allowed in the waiting area at a time.
- Only 10 individuals are permitted in the office at a time (including staff and patients)
Staff are required to always wear masks when in the office. The doctors and dental assistants wear a mask AND face shield when operating on patients. Patients are required to always wear masks unless they are being seen by the doctor or having surgery.
Dentists face the highest risk of exposure to the coronavirus. They use instruments like handpieces or ultrasonic scalers and air-water syringes that sprays visible droplets into the air. These droplets can remain suspended in the air for up to 3 hours and survive up to days on surfaces. If a patient is infected with COVID-19, the droplets can still be transmitted to dentists and other patients by direct inhalation or by contaminated surfaces. Along with PPE and routine sanitizing procedures, we have installed three Surgical Quality Air Purifiers in our office. One in the patient waiting area, one in the check-out area, and one in the surgical operatory room.
At Implantation Dental Center, it is our goal to give our patients the best, professional dental services while making sure that they are safe and feel comfortable in our office.