Before the outbreak of COVID-19, your dental team had a fairly simple procedure for preparing for your appointments. They would thoroughly wash their hands, put on fresh personal protective equipment (PPE), and ensure that they had sterile instruments ready to use. Now, though, things have changed. Enhanced dental safety protocols are necessary to protect both patients and dental team members. What exactly is your dentist doing to keep you safe and healthy? Let’s discuss a few of the precautions they are taking.
Your dentist and their staff have made it their business to know all there is to know about preventing the spread of contagions. They are committed to following even the smallest safety rules to ensure a safe and clean environment. As safety champions, they are also not afraid to give friendly reminders to each other, as well as to patients, about how to fight the spread of COVID-19.
Daily Health Checks
Your dental team loves to see you — but they would never knowingly come into close contact with you if there were even the slightest chance that they could cause you to become ill. That is why they submit to a health screening each day before they begin work. The screening includes a contactless temperature check and quick questionnaire to evaluate whether they are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.
Changing Clothes at Work
In the “old days,” you might have seen folks from the dental office wearing their scrubs while they were running errands around town. You will no longer see that because now, your dental team travels to work in their regular clothes. Then, they change into freshly cleaned scrubs. This ensures that harmful contagions will not reach patients via the dental team’s garments.
Before COVID-19, it wasn’t necessary for the front office staff in dental practices to wear a mask. Now, though, they do wear masks. The dentist and other team members who come into direct contact with you will have even more PPE. For example, they may wear face shields, disposable coats, and even specialized masks that provide direct oxygen delivery.
What Patients Can Do
Your dentist may request that you adhere to a few simple guidelines in order to make the dental office as safe as possible. For example, you may be asked to wait in your car until a member of the dental team tells you it is time for your appointment to begin. You may also be asked to sanitize your hands, rinse your mouth, and tie long hair back. Your willing cooperation will help to protect yourself, your dental team, and the community at large.
Your dentist is serious about protecting you from COVID-19. You can attend your next appointment with total confidence that you are entering a safe environment.
About the Author
Dr. Ravi Doctor is a highly accomplished, award-winning dentist in Arlington with more than three decades of experience in his field. His advanced training and commitment to using the latest technology ensure that patients receive top-quality care. During this time of COVID-19, he and our team are implementing strict measures to create a safe dental practice. To learn more about how we are fighting the pandemic, contact us at 817-274-8667.