May 9, 2020
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic turned all of our lives upside down, your dentist’s office was actually one of the cleanest places you could be, thanks to the safety protocols set in place by the CDC and the American Dental Association. Due to COVID-19, dental offices all over the country are implementing even more safety precautions in their practice to make sure their workers and patients remain free from infection. Here are some of the safety measures your dentist is taking in order to keep you safe.
Having a Safety Champion
Each day, one member of the dental team will be randomly selected to be that day’s Safety Champion. For that day, this person will be in charge of various tasks like enforcing social distancing, fielding questions, greeting patients, and generally making sure that everyone is being safe.
Performing Daily Health Checks of the Team
Every day when your dental team members arrive at the office, their temperature will be taken using a no-contact thermometer. In addition, they will be required to answer a quick set of questions regarding their recent health and whether they are experiencing any coronavirus-like symptoms. If they are, they will be promptly sent home to ensure everyone else’s health and safety.
Wearing Extra PPE
In the past, all your dentist had to do to prepare for your appointment was wash their hands and put on a new set of gloves and mask. These days, your dental team is taking even greater precautions. Every member of the clinical team will be wearing additional PPE (personal protective equipment) such as shoe coverings, face shields, and even surgical gowns if need be. Even the front desk staff will be wearing face masks to make sure they’re safe.
Having a Virtual Waiting Room
Instead of having patients wait inside the office, you’ll be asked to wait out in your car and check-in with your phone once you arrive. Waiting rooms can be breeding grounds for germs, so it’s best to stay in your car and avoid the risk of infection. When the dentist is ready for you, you can enter the office and head straight back to the treatment area.
Some consultations and follow-up appointments can be offered online via video chat instead of coming into the office. This prevents you from having to leave your home and risk being exposed to the germs that cause COVID-19. As an added bonus, you don’t even really need to get dressed!
Your dentist wants you to be healthy and safe more than anything. That’s why they have implemented all of these precautions and more to minimize the risk of infection in their office. For more information on how your dentist keeps their practice clean, visit their website or give them a call.
About the Author
Dr. David B. Schwartz is a dentist in Skokie, IL who has been in practice since 1988. He is the Dental Director for the Center of Sleep Medicine. He has also earned a Diplomate of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. His practice takes all the safety measures described in this post and more in order to keep their patients safe. To learn more about these safety precautions, visit Dr. Schwartz’s website or call (847) 865-9859.
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