Important Information Regarding COVID-19
Infection control has always been a top priority in our practice. We follow recommendations and guidelines made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). This allows us to make sure that our infection control procedures are up-to-date and enables us to provide the safest environment for our patients and their family members.
Not only are we following the CDC guidelines but we have also instituted several additional precautions in order to make certain our office environment is as safe as possible. The purpose of these precautions is to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safety of our patients and staff. It is mandatory that all patients comply with our office policy and we cannot treat those patients who do not follow our office policy.
Despite the lifting of the state’s mask order, there has been no change to the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s (DOH) guidance for health care settings, including dentistry. Our staff and patients are still required to wear a face covering.
Scheduling and Screening
Prior to your appointment
- If you are a new patient, we ask that you complete registration forms, health history and COVID-19 questionnaire forms online.
- When scheduling appointments, you will be asked basic screening questions (unless you are fully vaccinated), such as:
- Do you have a fever? Have you felt feverish in the past 14-21 days?
- Are you experiencing shortness of breath or other difficulty breathing?
- Do you have a cough?
- Do you have any other flu symptoms, such as headache, fatigue, or stomach upset?
- Have you experienced recent loss of smell or taste?
- Are you in contact with any confirmed COVID-19 positive patients?
- Do you have heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, or any autoimmune disorders?
- Have you traveled in the past 14 days to any region affected by COVID-19?
If you answer yes to 1 or more of these questions you may be asked to reschedule your appointment.
Upon Arrival for Your Appointment
- Upon arrival, please make sure to have a face covering on.
- When you arrive, one of our assistants will take your temperature and ask you the screening questions above unless you are fully vaccinated.
- All new patients are asked to complete registration and health history forms online to minimize the time spent in common areas of the office.
Infection Control and Prevention
- We always adhere to strict CDC guidelines for infection control and prevention, and sterilization, including the following:
- All instruments are sterilized in autoclave machines, similar to those used in hospitals. These machines use steam and pressure to reach and maintain a temperature high enough to kill any microorganisms and their spores.
- Disposable plastic wrap is used to cover surfaces that are touched by surgeons and surgical assistants, such as light handles.
- Before and after each patient, our staff will use bacterial and viral wipes to clean all surfaces in the treatment room that were touched by the doctor, assistants or patient.
- Doctors and assistants wear new gloves and masks for every patient and patients are provided with protective eyewear during many procedures.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are taking additional steps out of an abundance of caution to protect our patients, staff and doctors.
- We are treating all surfaces in the office with long-lasting MicroSure antimicrobial solutions, in addition to wiping everything down in the operatories and consultation rooms with disinfectant between patients.
If you have any question please feel free to contact our office and we will gladly go over this with you.