Our Office’s Safety Precautions
To help prevent the transmission of all respiratory infections, including COVID-19, we adhere to the highest standardized infection control measures, such as performing hand hygiene, providing tissues and no-touch receptacles to throw away used tissues, etc. We follow routine cleaning and disinfection strategies, using disinfectant and water to pre-clean surfaces prior to applying an EPA-registered, hospital-grade disinfectant, as well as appropriate autoclaved sterilization of all tools and equipment. We also use upgraded PPE that is at or above the CDC recommendations for dental offices. They include facemasks, shields and gloves for each patient procedure per guidelines set by the FDA and CDC.
We want you to know that here, at Clifton Dental Associates, as always, we have gone above and beyond in placing SPECIAL EQUIPMENT in our office to purify the office air and minimize the level of aerosols. Some of these additions include:
- Beyond by Aerus Commercial (www.Beyondbyaerus.com ) air purification systems. Beyond Guardian Air and Angel Units
- Extraoral Suction Devices ( similar to: https://tekitronics.com/products/ajax-dent/ )
- Clear Acrylic partitions on front office countertops
- Less seating in the reception area
- Honeywell Air Filtration units in each treatment room
- PureVac hand held high speed suction units for our hygienists
- Ultraviolet oven for sterilization of face masks
There is no limit to what we will do for the safety of our patients and dental team during this or any time. We expect to be adding to our protocols as time passes.
While our office already adheres to above standard safety precautions, there are several common sense recommendations we are implementing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- Telephone and in-office screening of 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
We will discuss your health status, the dental treatment you require, and whether or not visiting our office will be safe for you, our other patients, and our staff.
When you visit our office, we ask that you arrive on time for your appointment.
- We will ask our patients to call us upon arriving and wait in their car. We will call you with instructions. This will minimize the amount of time you spend in our waiting room or reception area.
- PLEASE WEAR A FACE MASK.
- We will take your temperature with a contactless thermometer.
- We will provide a mix of Hydrogen Peroxide and Water for a rinse before dental treatment.
- Bring a pen if you think you may need one and wish not to use one of ours.
- If you come to our office with a companion, the companion may help you into and out of the treatment room. However, the companion may not stay in the room during treatment. Thank you for your understanding with this. CDC guidelines.
How can you prevent contracting or spreading COVID-19?
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds. If you don’t have access to soap and water, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Maintain at least six feet of distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Do not use your hands.
- Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Calling in advance will allow your healthcare provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility.
- 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.