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Safety Measures in OUR Dental Office

Training & Team Education

  • Everyone will practice the appropriate use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) prior to caring for a patient to prevent contamination.
  • Our office has always utilized PPE that exceeds government requirements but in light of Covid-19, we have increased the in office PPE as follows:


Patient Protection

  • ALL patients prior to receiving an appointment in our office will be asked to complete a detailed screening questionnaire.
  • This screening will happen at least 2 times. First time will be done over the phone at the time of making the appointment, and the second time will be done electronically or verbally upon arrival.
  • Confirmation of completion needs to happen the night before the appointment.


Patient Protection

VIRTUAL RECEPTION ROOM

  • When the patient arrives in the parking lot, they will contact the office and inform them of their arrival.
  • We will be implementing an express checkout. We will be asking for a credit card of choice that remains securely on file and will be your priority payment option for services rendered the day of your appointment.
  • This will minimize paper exchange and will be safer for both the patient and our team.

Patient Protection

VIRTUAL RECEPTION ROOM

  • Once the room is ready, the patient is contacted. The patient will remain in their car until greeted by our clinical staff.
  • Upon arrival, we will begin “Arrival Measures” as listed below.

Patient Protection

ARRIVAL MEASURES

  • Please note that completion of above “Patient Acknowledgment and screening forms” must be completed by the patient and received in order for a patient to have an appointment.
  • Upon arrival patients will be greeted by our reception team and clinical team member.
  • The patient will be asked to don their own mask or scarf if not already worn. If one is not present, we will provide them with a surgical mask.

Patient Protection

ARRIVAL MEASURES

  • Patient will be asked to use sanitizing gel on their hands or gloves.
  • Confirmation of the Acknowledgment and screening form completion.
  • Temperature AND oxygen saturation to be taken by clinical team member. Under 100.3 F degrees will be deemed okay.
  • If a 100.4 F or higher temp is recorded, we will triple check. Once verified, we will need to reschedule the appointment

Patient Protection

REQUIRED PPE FOR PATIENTS

  • Patient will be given eye protection and patient bib.
  • Patients will enter the office with a mask. They will doff the mask when treatment is ready to begin.
  • They will don their mask upon completion of treatment and will keep their mask on throughout the office.
  • If a patient arrives without a mask, we will give them a surgical mask.

Patient Protection

ARRIVAL MEASURES

  • The patient will then be walked immediately from the reception area to the treatment room.
  • At this time, we will give an oral rinse to the patient consisting of protective factors: elevated pH, fluoride, and xylitol, plus an antibacterial.
  • The patient will be asked to rinse with this solution for 60 seconds.

Patient Protection

RUBBER DAM ISOLATION

  • Whenever a dam can be placed during high aerosol procedures, a dam should be placed!
  • This includes, prepping, seating, etc. ALL procedures!

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) & Biosafety

Admin Team will utilize the following protocol:

  • Safety dividers and sneeze guards installed at every patient interactive area.
  • Safety Masks to be worn at all times.
  • Hand sanitizer will be on all desks
  • May wear same clothes to and from work as long as they do not enter a clinical area.


Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) & Biosafety

  • The entire office will be “fogged” every night and as needed with NOCL (200ppm Hypochlorous Acid).
  • HOCl is a natural antibacterial agent that is produced during the human immune response as white blood cells target pathogens within the body.3,4
  • This simple chemical compound has a broad spectrum of activity and exhibits rapid kill kinetics against a wide range of bacterial and viral organisms

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) & Biosafety

  • We have purchased Jade Surgically assisted air filters for each operator
  • The JADE air purification system utilizes Surgically Clean Air’s multi-stage air purifying technologies that work together to clean, purify and re-energize the indoor air.
  • The multi stage filtration system captures dust particles, pollen, volatile organic chemicals (VOCs), mold, allergens, viruses, odors (like formaldehyde and smoke), bio-aerosols, nitrous oxide, and many other pollutants that are found in the inside air in workplaces and residences.
  • The negative ion generator makes indoor feel more pure, clean and energized to help combat fatigue.
  • For an air purifier to deliver its benefits throughout the indoor space it needs to move large volumes of air through its filtration system effectively without impacting those people that are closest to it by creating a ‘breeze’ or being too loud.


Team Workflow

Recommendations for our Team:
Before coming to work:

• Remove watch & rings and leave them at home.
• Tie hair up; keep nails short.
• Avoid extra accessories.


Team Workflow

Recommendations for our Team:
After work:

  • Wash hands and arms with soap
  • Remove scrubs so they can be laundered in office.
  • Wash hands again and put clean clothes on.
  • Sanitize phone, glasses, etc.
  • Wash hands again.

Hygiene Workflow

Additions for our Team:

  • New suction in all rooms – new mirror with suction for additional high speed.
  • Continuous suction with GoldenDent’s M7 HVE Mirror is an easy and affordable method to protect yourself, your staff and your patients from infectious particles, including COVID-19. You are already using a dental mirror, so put your dental mirror to work with additional HVE from your mirror. The GoldenDent HVE Mirror has 20 HVE holes around the lens and on the back of the mirror head to help control dental aerosols.
  • The M7 HVE Mirror easily connects in seconds to you’re existing HVE valve and is one safety precaution you can easily and affordably implement into your practice amongst other recommended PPE precautions. Reducing aerosols alone is not the only precautions you will need to take as you return to your practice, but reducing infectious aerosols through HVE can absolutely help according to documented studies.

Hygiene Workflow

Additions for our Team:

  • A 2nd HVE suction has been installed in each room.
  • To one of them, this molded plastic oral cup can be attached so the patient can hold it.