Dental Office Visits – Your Safest Bet
The Coronavirus pandemic has fundamentally changed life as we know it. As COVID-19 poses unprecedented threats to our health and safety, strategic precautions and infection control techniques have never been more important.
A recent study conducted by MIT in conjunction with the ADA and CDC’s finding had concluded that Dental Offices rank in the highest percentile of “Safest Places to Be” even during these uncertain times. This may come as a surprise to the public with the field of Dentistry concentrating solely in one’s oral cavity; but this article will discuss this common misconception.
Upon returning to our office in June, after having been closed for nearly three months, our staff had met with new hurdles and challenges which had, at the time, seemed insurmountable. Patient’s routing anxiety had now been further complicated by the uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic. Some would inquire, perhaps jokingly, “how was your vacation?” Make no mistake that this hiatus was filled with extensive information gathering, securing adequate PPE (personal protective equipment), installing proper protective devices, and monitoring the ever-changing mandated safety requirements and regulations.
The safety of our patients is our top priority, so we’ve adopted the guidance of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and American Dental Association (ADA) regarding COVID-19. When a patient is seated in the dental chair, they can have peace of mind that every surface visible to the naked eye and even those that are not have been disinfected to the utmost mandated standards.
Some industries never considered infection protection plans in the pre-pandemic era. But others, especially Dentists, have been mastering the art of infection control for decades. “Dentists are really great at infection control and being prepared to create safety. That’s what we’re good at, and that’s what we’re doing.”
In fact, we we’re doing it long before the coronavirus pandemic ever existed. Every step we take during a dental procedure helps prevent the spread of infection. Now, in the face of the Coronavirus, these stringent sterilization protocols have escalated to even new heights. Appointment times have been lengthened to assure proper room disinfection in between patients. Phone ahead practice entry and socially-distanced waiting areas allow minimal patient to patient encounter for further safety. We have installed a Hospital Grade UV Air and Surface Sanitization System which effectively kills and eliminates 99.9% of all surface and airborne pathogens including viruses. We are also equipped with External Suction Units to capture all aerosolized particulate matter the second it is emitted.
Keep in mind that Dental office staff would not place themselves knowingly in unsafe environments on a daily basis if they have close contact with those who are older, very young, or are immunocompromised. Patients should realize with this knowledge in hand that they too share in these safety measures. The fact that the CDC does not classify Dentistry as first in line for vaccine distribution further verifies the fact that there is very limited risk in Dental Office visits.
If you feel as though you prefer to defer dental office visits until “this whole Covid-19 thing is over”, you run a high risk of facing oral and general health complications. Early detection of oral issues prevents stroke, heart attack, and diabetic concerns so the very low risk of a dental visit far outweighs such catastrophic complications.
On behalf of my staff as well as myself, we would like to invite you to visit our Dental Office so we may identify, address, and correct any issues you may have where your safety is our ultimate goal. Please visit our website at www.toothdocpa.com