Due to COVID-19, dental practices across the country were closed to everything but emergency dental services. Now, things are slowly opening up and many dentists are able to offer full services. We want our patients to know that they’re going to be safe in our office. Dr. Kush Patel of Craft Smiles Dental, a dentist in Fullerton, CA.
Following the CDC and ADA Guidelines
Since 1993, these two agencies have been working together to develop and implement infection control and sterilization guidelines. They’re continuously updating them, making sure that the latest techniques and technologies are portrayed. There’s a CDC document that provides dental workers with tools and checklists so that the proper protocols can be followed.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
PPE is necessary for the safety of both patients and staff. One of the most important components of PPE is disposable gloves. Gloves are always changed between patients and when other surfaces are touched, like the computer. Depending on the dental services being provided, gloves may be changed multiple times with one patient. Proper handwashing techniques are followed before a pair of gloves are put on.
Patients are provided with bibs and staff are given protective coverings so that bodily fluids don’t come into contact with skin or clothing. Eye protection is also standard PPE worn by dental staff. Due to COVID-19, you may see dental staff with full-face shields, as those are recommended for all medical personnel so that nothing passes between the patients and staff.
Disinfection and Sterilization Techniques
Due to the nature of some dental procedures, some dental tools have to be reused. This means that the highest level of sterilization must be met. For high-risk tools, such as those used for oral surgery or periodontal therapy, heat sterilization is required. This is also used for lower-risk tools that are able to withstand the high temperatures of heat sterilization.
With other dental tools, they’re completely disposable or have disposable parts. Patients can know that they’re getting something new at the beginning of their appointment. For surface sterilization, like for blood pressure cuffs or dental chairs, they’re thoroughly wiped down with a disinfectant solution. This is also done for high-traffic areas like the reception desk and surfaces in the waiting room.
With COVID-19, you may notice more restrictions. We’re limiting the number of people allowed in our waiting room at one time. You may be asked to call when you get here and we’ll come to get you in the parking lot. Temperature checks and COVID-19 questionnaires may be required before entering. You may also be required to use hand sanitizer upon entry.
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We want our patients to know that their safety is our highest priority. Call us or schedule an appointment online.