Prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, your local dental team had a relatively simple procedure for preparing to see patients. They would carefully wash their hands, don fresh personal protective equipment (PPE), and make sure they were using sterile instruments. Now, however, they must put forth extra effort. Enhanced dental safety protocols help to ensure that patients and dental team members remain healthy and safe. In this blog post, we’ll discuss a few of the precautions that your dentist in Southlake is taking to create a safe practice environment.
Your dentist and their team members have made it their aim to be well-informed about how to prevent the spread of contagions. They are committed to adhering to even the smallest safety guidelines, even if doing so requires a significant amount of time and effort. As champions for dental practice safety, they give each other and patients friendly reminders about how they can do their part in fighting the spread of COVID-19.
Daily Health Checks
The team in your local dental office loves to see you — but they would never come to work if they knew there was even the slightest chance that they could cause you to contract an illness. That is why they undergo a health screening every day before they begin work. The screening includes a temperature check and a short questionnaire that evaluates whether they are experiencing any potential symptoms of COVID-19. Patients are asked to undergo a similar health screening prior to each of their appointments.
Changing Clothes at Work
Before the COVID-19 crisis began, you might have occasionally seen members of your dental team wearing their scrubs as they ran errands around town at the post office or grocery store. Now, you will no longer see that. Your dental team travels to work in their regular clothes, then changes into freshly cleaned scrubs when they arrive at the office. This simple precaution minimizes the risk that contaminants from a staff member’s clothes will get transferred to patients.
In the “old days,” the person who first greeted you when you arrived for your appointment had no need to wear a mask. Now, though, everyone on the dental team is wearing masks at least an ASTM Level 3 mask, even the front office personnel. The professionals who work directly on your mouth have even more PPE. For example, they might wear specialized masks, face shields, disposable coats, and more to prevent cross contamination from patient to patient.
Your dentist is committed to doing all they can to protect you, their team members, and the community at large from COVID-19. You can head to your next appointment with complete confidence that you are entering a safe and clean environment.
About the Author
Dr. Ravi Doctor is an award-winning dentist in Southlake and Arlington with more than 30 years of experience in his field. His advanced education and dedication to using the latest dental technology ensure that patients receive top-tier care in his office. During this time of COVID-19, he and our entire team are implementing strict safety measures to prevent the spread of contagions. For that reason, we are only providing services in our Arlington office until all necessary remodeling and installations are finished in our Southlake location. To learn more about us and how we are fighting the pandemic, contact us today.