While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety. 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 process are made so that when you receive care that’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 US 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. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendation.
Our office disinfects and clean all rooms between patients with hospital grade disinfectants. All reusable instruments are cleaned and sterilized using either heat, steam and pressure or chemical means. Single use instruments and materials are only used once and discarded. Our team is regularly trained on proper infection control. All team members are trained in proper hand hygiene and use gloves, masks, and gowns to help protect and keep you and our team safe.
Here is a list of some of the additional steps we are taking to help keep you safe due to COVID-19:
- 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 and temperature taken. All staff will also be asked the same screening questions and temperature recorded daily.
- We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
- You may see that our waiting room no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth because these items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
- Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment. Our first appointments of the day will be prioritized to our more at risk patients (over 60, immunocompromised, and pregnant).
- We will continue to do our best to reduce waiting times and patients in the waiting area. If possible, please minimize the number of people accompanying you to your appointment.
- We ask that if you have a mask or facial covering that you wear it to your appointment.
- We will continue to maintain high standards of disinfecting and sanitizing treatment rooms while increasing disinfection of our reception area and front desk.
We would be happy to answer any questions regarding our infection control procedures. Please ask one of our team members or reach out to us at 507-289-8707 or at [email protected]!