As a dental practice, working in close quarters with the patients over so many years, we have developed heightened measures for sterilization and disinfection. Infection control procedures are actions taken in health care settings to prevent the spread of disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommendations for dental office infection control. We care about your safety and work hard to prevent the spread of infection.
WHAT PRECAUTIONS WE HAVE TAKEN TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS:
1. Multiple Hospital Grade H13 HEPA air-purifiers throughout the office so that tiniest airborne particles in the room are removed.
2. We are using EPA-registered, hospital-grade disinfectant to frequently touched surfaces or objects throughout the office. Surfaces such as door handles, chairs, desks and bathrooms are cleaned and disinfected often during the day.
3. We have removed magazines, reading materials, toys and other objects that may be touched by others and which are not easily disinfected
4. Signage in treatment rooms instructs patients on standard recommendations for respiratory etiquette and social distancing.
5. We have conducted an inventory of Personal Protective equipment and made sure we are stocked with N-95 masks, surgical gloves, gowns and face shields.
6. We request patients to not bring companions to their appointment, except for instances where the patient requires assistance.
7. We have requested our team member who are experiencing flu-like illness to not come to work. At the same time self monitor by remaining alert to any respiratory symptoms
PRE - SCREENING PHONE CALL:
1. If you have a toothache or if you have any dental emergency give us a call at 916-920-1170. We will be asking you few basic COVID screening questions and then Dental related questions. This is to find out if the problem can be taken care by prescribing medicines. This way we minimize the risk of disease transmission.
2. We are recommending that only asymptomatic patients, patients who have tested negative for COVID19 infection or recovered patients (after 2 weeks since resolution of signs and symptoms) be seen at our office.
3. What it means is that if you are experiencing any Flu-like symptoms you are better off going first to your primary care physician or emergency care.
DURING DENTAL CARE:
1. Upon arrival we ask you to directly proceed to the treatment room prepared for you. This way you are seated in sterile and disinfected room where appropriate social distancing guideline will be followed. We ask you not to seat in our reception area.
2. Our Dental Health Care professional team follows strict Universal precautions. Which means we follow infection prevention practices to all patient care, regardless of suspected or confirmed infection status of the patient. This includes Hand hygiene, use of Personal protective equipments, respiratory etiquette, sharps safety, sterile instruments and devices, clean and disinfected environmental surfaces.
3. Since virus may be vulnerable to oxidation, we are asking patient to use 1.5% hydrogen peroxide mouth rinse prior to us doing oral evaluation.
4. We will measure your body temperature and ask you to fill COVID-19 questionnaire.
5. We may take extraoral radiographs as an alternative to intraoral radiographs, as intra-oral radiographs can stimulate coughing.
AFTER YOUR APPOINTMENT:
1. In light of current controversy regarding whether ibuprofen should be used for patients with COVID-19 infection, we are recommending to avoid using Ibuprofen. Instead Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Naproxen (Aleve) can be used.
2. All disposable equipments are tossed after each use. All non disposable equipments are sterilized and disinfected according to manufacturer’s instructions.
3. We are using EPA-registered, hospital-grade disinfectant to frequently touched surfaces or objects for appropriate contact times as indicated on the product’s label. Surfaces such as door handles, chairs, desks and bathrooms are cleaned and disinfected frequently.
4. FOR OUR TEAM MEMBERS: Upon arriving home we are asking our Dental Health Care professionals to take off shoes, remove and wash clothing (separately from other household residents) and immediately shower.