Drs. Tyma, Trachtenberg, and Bullock are committed to the health and safety of our patients. Our practice has always met or exceeded infection control standards recommended by the ADA, OSHA, and local governing bodies. Now, including strict adherence to CDC guidelines, we’ve taken enhanced measures to ensure your safety and prevent the spread of infection from COVID-19.
COVID-19: DENTAL OFFICE PROTOCOLS TO KEEP YOU SAFE
To maintain air quality control and minimize the transmission of airborne germs and pathogens, our office maintains strict procedures and uses advanced HEPA filtration and bipolar ionization technology.
To keep you safe, we:
- fog exam rooms after every patient visit to eradicate any potential virus particles in the air
- measure constantly for harmful air particles throughout our office environment with a particulate matter counter.
- remove potentially viral air particles during your visit with a high-speed evacuation technology that sucks the air clean
- wear additional protective gear – N-95 masks, face shields, gloves, and disposable gowns. Non-disposable gear is laundered on-site
- review constantly with our full dental team the procedures, protocols and a growing list of new technology to keep patients and our team as safe as possible
Your Dental Appointment: what to expect.
When you arrive: You’ll be asked to call the office when you arrive in your car.
- Curbside Check-In: We ask that you wait in your car, and we will notify you when to enter the building. Limiting the number of people in the office at one time helps us practice social distancing.
- Wear a mask: You must wear a mask to enter the dental center
- Screening: You will be asked screening questions, and your temperature will be taken with a no-touch forehead thermometer.
- Sanitize and disinfect: All patients must wash their hands with hand sanitizer and use a hydrogen peroxide rinse that we will provide before their procedure
- Extended time between patients: Because we are disinfecting exam rooms between each patient, additional time is needed, which means fewer appointments are available each day
- The waiting room is temporarily closed: No extra visitors please. Unless you are accompanying someone who needs assistance, we would ask that you wait in your car.
- Protective Barriers: Our front desk has a protective shield to reduce unnecessary contact.
INFECTION CONTROL TECHNOLOGY
- Fogging: We are using a device to “fog” (it almost looks like misting) every operatory to aid in sanitation after each patient. This allows us to disinfect every surface. The fogging process uses hypochlorous acid, the ingredient that gives bleach it’s ability to clean and disinfect.
- Air quality control: we have installed advanced HEPA filtration air purifiers in all rooms to remove particles that can spread infection.
- Bipolar ionization technology: as an added level of air quality control we are using bipolar ionization technology (see below) to augment our air filtration. Bipolar ionization reduces pathogens in the air by 99.9% and significantly reduces viral transmission through airborne particles and breathing. The diagram below shows how it works.
QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS?
If you have questions about the changes we’ve made to protect your health, please feel free to contact our office. We’ll gladly answer your questions and address any concerns you may have about an upcoming visit.