We want to assure you that infection control has always been a top priority for our practice, and you have most likely witnessed this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it is both safe and comfortable. As we begin to welcome patients back to see us, we want to share 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. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.
Based on the current recommendations, you will see a few changes when it is time for your next appointment to help protect our patients and staff. Some of the changes you can expect are as follows:
- Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you arrive in the office.
- As a part of the screening process, we will take your temperature before we bring you into the office or immediately upon entering the office.
- 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 we have arranged our waiting room to meet social distancing requirements. You may also notice that will not be able to offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
- We must limit who is able to accompany you to our appointment to only those who must be with you. Guests who must accompany you will need to be screened as well.
- All appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients and for increased infection control measures to be followed. This may mean that appointment lengths or availability may be different than usual.
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.
Dr. White & Team