COVID SAFETY AT NATURAL DENTIST ASSOCIATES
At Natural Dentist Associates, health and safety have always been our number on priority. Whether you are a new or existing patient, we take your trust very seriously and will always work our hardest to provide you and your loved ones with the highest level of care. We have and will continue to follow all CDC recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including additional precautions we have implemented since the beginning of the pandemic.
Here is a look at the measures we are taking to ensure the safety of our patients and staff:
Though as a healthcare provider’s office, we have had many sterilization and disinfection practices long before the COVID-19 Pandemic began, our team has used this time to re-evaluate our infection control measures. We hold our staff to the same safety standards that we ask of our patients, beginning each workday by self-screening for symptoms and taking temperatures periodically throughout the day. We ask staff members to follow all CDC safety guidelines in the office as well as at home in their daily lives, making Natural Dentist Associates a safe environment for all.
PATIENT SCREENING & ARRIVAL PROCESS
If you are experiencing any COVID symptoms or have recently been in contact with someone who has COVID or COVID-like symptoms, we kindly ask that you reschedule your appointment. We ask that you leave all unnecessary items in your car, including any extra guests, friends, or family members. We require that every person entering our office wears a facemask unless there is a medical condition preventing you from doing so. Upon arrival, you will be greeted with hand-sanitizer, and your temperature will be recorded. Once you are in the treatment room, you will be asked to rinse with ozone water which is shown to be effective against viruses.
INFECTION CONTROL TECHNIQUES
We have removed all reading material and difficult-to-clean items from our office, and we are regularly disinfecting all frequently touched surfaces and items with hospital grade disinfectant. This includes all door handles, pens, chairs, countertops, and waiting areas. We have installed barriers between our front desk and waiting room and have incorporated a primarily paper-less system, including online forms and touchless payment options.
At Natural Dentist Associates, we embrace modern dentistry techniques, and we are proud to offer our patients digital x-rays as well as iTero 3-D scan technology. The ability to take digital 3-D impressions prevents circulating saliva and contaminants through our office and to partnering labs. Disposable barriers are used and changed between each scan, making the iTero scanner a safe and simple alternative to traditional dental molds.
MINIMIZING OFFICE TRAFFIC
We have changed the way we schedule appointments to decrease the flow of traffic through our office. Each provider will see one patient at a time, leaving plenty of time to sterilize and change into fresh PPE between appointments. We encourage high-risk patients to schedule appointments first thing in the morning, before we have seen multiple patients for the day. For those who are extremely high-risk or are nervous about coming into the office, we are now offering Virtual Consultations by phone or video.
Infection Control Barriers and PPE
Our office is fully equipped with N95 masks, charcoal filter respirator masks, face shields, gloves, surgical caps, and gowns. Reusable PPE is changed, and all instruments are sterilized by autoclave between each patient. Disposable PPE and protective barriers are discarded and replaced after each use. When aerosol-producing procedures are performed, we utilize high-volume suction and intraoral barriers to reduce the release of saliva into the air.
We have recently increased our air filtration methods, including the use of ozone, high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters, powerful air purifiers, antimicrobial essential oils, UV sanitizers, and high-volume air suction systems throughout the office. These additional precautions help to disinfect by scrubbing out larger particles, sterilizing and inactivating viruses, bacteria, mold spores and more.
We will continue to update our practices and procedures as CDC Guidelines recommend. If you have any questions about our COVID Safety Precautions, please give our office a call at 301-770-2270. We appreciate your continued trust in Natural Dentist Associates as your dental provider, and we look forward to seeing you soon!