Now that our office has re-opened, you may be wondering what precautions we’re taking to ensure your safety. While the appointment process may look a little different, don’t worry, we have always been on the front lines of preventing the spread of diseases. From treatment and waiting room disinfection to the strict use of personal protective equipment (PPE), the safety of our patients and staff members continues to be of utmost importance.
During the COVID-19 crisis and beyond, the safety of patients and staff continues to be a top priority:
Before, during and after treatment:
When it comes to preventing the spread of disease, rest assured that our office has always been strict on universal precautions. Precautions have always included the use of masks, glasses, gloves, sterile instruments and devices as well as clean and disinfected environmental surfaces.
Additionally, frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, chairs, desks and bathrooms are cleaned and disinfected often. Other objects that may be difficult to disinfect, such as magazines, reading material and refreshment stations, may even be removed all together. We are also going to have you brush your teeth at home before coming to the office.
The process may look a little different:
Your check-in will involve a few extra steps to help ensure the safety of patients and staff. For instance, the process will include screening and triage questions, waiting in your vehicle versus the waiting room, checking your temperature and asking that you follow social distancing and infection control etiquette. We recommend against bringing companions to appointments unless necessary. If companions do accompany patients, they will also be screened during patient check-in and will be required to wear a mask.
During your appointment, you will be asked to use a hydrogen peroxide rinse which helps bring down the amount of germs and viruses in the mouth to a lower level. There may be less patients in the office at one time to promote social distancing. If you have any questions or concerns, our orthodontic team is available to provide answers.
Rest assured our office is following all recommended precautions to treat our patients safely.