Your health and safety are, and have always been, our top priority. In accordance, and in following all current CDC, OSHA, and ADA guidelines, we are continuing to adapt to the changing nature of Covid-19. We regularly monitor the Covid-19 Community Level as part of CDC public indoor guidance. Revised indoor public guidelines issued on February 25, 2022 indicated that indoor masking is no longer necessary for most individuals in areas with low Covid-19 community levels. The new recommendations take into account three different metrics, including Covid-19 hospitalizations, hospital capacity, and new Covid-19 cases in an area. Recommendations regarding masking in our waiting room are made on a weekly basis, and these recommendations will be made clear in our pre-appointment communications and signage upon entry into the office.
While these recommendations may change rapidly, our practice’s strict adherance to Covid-19 safety protocols during your exam or procedure will not change. Your health and safety are our top priorities, and dental team members will continue to wear all proper personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks, following enchanced cleaning protocols, and more, including:
• Rescheduling patients with any symptoms potentially associated with Covid-19.
• Asking patients to sanitize their hands upon entry to the building.
• Maintaining distancing between patients as is possible.
• Limiting use of our waiting room (including removing the coffee station and magazines for now) and asking that only the patient (and one parent/guardian/caregiver if necessary) enter the building.
• Continuing to disinfect frequently touched non-clinical surfaces, like doorknobs, counters, and office furniture.
• Maintaining excellent aseptic technique and continuing our fastidious disinfection and sterilization of all clinical surfaces, instruments, and equipment.
• Reducing dental aerosols through the use of high volume suction, rubber dam if appropriate, and use of hand scaling versus ultrasonic instrumentation if possible.
• Conducting regular daily screening of all dental team members.
• Wearing increased personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks, face shields, eye protection, nitrile gloves, and lab jackets for every procedure.
• Requiring dental team members to wear masks at all times in the building, even when not in clinical areas or treating patients.
• Re-evaluating, researching, and updating our practices as new information becomes available in this rapidly changing situation.
• Celebrating our amazing patients and recommitting ourselves to their oral health and overall well-being, even in the face of challenging times!
Please reach out to Dr. Price or any team member if you have questions or concerns!