Our Office’s Safety Precautions
To help prevent the transmission of all respiratory infections, including COVID-19, we adhere to standardized infection control measures, such as performing hand hygiene, providing tissues and no-touch receptacles, and wearing facemasks and other personal protection equipment. We follow routine cleaning and disinfection, and sterilization strategies.
While our office already adheres to these standard precautions, there are several common-sense recommendations we are implementing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- Screening patients for signs or symptoms of infection when we update their medical histories.
- Making sure our masks, gloves, and eye protection are appropriate for the procedures performed.
- Cleaning and disinfecting public areas frequently, including door handles, chairs, and bathrooms.
- If you have an appointment scheduled within the next few weeks, please contact our office if you experience any of the following:
- Shortness of breath
- Travel within the past 14 days to affected geographical regions
Ongoing Safety Measures
The following are many of the safety measures our office is taking to reduce your family’s exposure to infections.
- Less Patient Traffic: Scheduling has been improved to reduce the number of families in the office at one time.
- Increased Cleaning Routines: While our pediatric dental office already had strict cleaning procedures in place, we have increased our cleaning and sterilization procedures throughout the day.
- Strict Staff Screening: All dentists and staff are screened each morning for potential COVID-19 symptoms and other possible increased risk factors. Anyone with symptoms will not be allowed to provide care.
- Advanced Air Filtration: True-HEPA filtration systems are installed throughout our office and are cleaned weekly.
- Physical Barriers: New glass windows and a door have been added to our front office reception area. Curtains have been added to our Open Bay Operatory in order to create personal spaces in addition to 6 feet distancing.
- Hand Sanitizer Availability: Hand sanitizers are available in our office for use by families.
- More Personal Protection Equipment: Our staff is wearing increased Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). We will do our best to show our youngest patients that we are the same dentists they’ve always loved behind the masks.
- Colder Office Temperatures: Wearing PPE makes things hot for our staff. Please dress warmly!
- New Parent Chairs: Parent waiting room chairs and chairs in the operatory have been changed from cloth to VINYL for easy and frequent cleaning.
- Fewer On-site Toys and Books: Your child will notice a reduction to on-site books and toys available during a dental visit. You may consider bringing something for them if they need a distraction.
- Prize Distribution Changes: We know how much getting a prize means to our patients! Your child will still receive a prize, but we will be revamping our reward system to exclude the vending machine, which will help us reduce the number of surfaces our patients touch.
Policies for Families
As we continue to navigate this health crisis, we ask that you adhere to the following:
- We will not treat patients with flu or cold-like symptoms for non-emergency appointments. We will ask you to reschedule if your child is sick at the time of your appointment. If your child is experiencing a dental emergency with symptoms, please call our office at (520) 544-8522 so we can find a way to assist you.
- Only one adult will be allowed to accompany their child to a dental appointment. This recommendation is meant to reduce the number of people in our office. Please call our office at (520) 544-8522 prior to your child’s appointment if you feel that you need an additional adult.
- Click to view our COVID-19 screening form
If you would like more information about our office’s dedication to your health and safety, please give us a call. For more information about what you can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19, please visit the World Health Organization website.