The coronavirus pandemic has affected everyone globally in their day-to-day activities – even when it comes to what was once a simple visit to the dentist. People find themselves questioning if their actions are safe.
“Insider” (9/18, Michelson) said, “Yes, it’s safe to go to the dentist.” The article explained that “there has been no evidence of coronavirus transmission in dental offices since many reopened in May,” and dental offices have safety precautions in place to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. “Our first job is to be sure that our patients are safe,” ADA President Chad P. Gehani told Insider. “If we did not think that the patients were safe, we simply would not go to the office at all. We would not have even done the emergency care in the months of March, April, and May.”
In an opinion piece for the Bangor Daily News (9/22), Dr. Jonathan Shenkin, a former ADA vice president and past president of the Maine Dental Association, said that since the coronavirus pandemic began, “there still isn’t a single known case of transmission of coronavirus in a dental setting between a patient and dental staff member,” which he attributes “to adherence to strict infection control guidelines that have long been in place in dental offices.” Dr. Shenkin added that “dental offices are one of the safest health care facilities for the public to be, and dental care should remain an essential health care service as the pandemic continues.”
The Daily Targum (NJ) (9/22, Chung) reported that dental visits are safe during the pandemic due to the safety protocols in place, said Dr. Cecile Feldman, dean of Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. “For decades, we’ve been very particular with regard to the personal protective equipment that we use,” Dr. Feldman said. “And all the evidence shows that if you’re using the right protective equipment, people are protected.” Dr. Feldman also emphasized the importance of continuing to receive dental care at this time.
An October 2020 report published in Journal of American Dental Association found that fewer than one percent of dentists nationwide were found to be COVID-19 positive and 99 percent of dentists were using enhanced infection control procedures such as screening protocols and enhanced disinfection practices when treating patients. The ADA has developed science-based guidance to dentists on extra steps they can take
Our team is committed for your safety
Protecting You During the Pandemic is Our Priority
In the Waiting Area
- Daily Temperature checks for every staff and patients
- Covid 19 Screening and monitoring
- All the high touch surfaces are wiped more frequently (after every patient)
- Spacious waiting area and all seating and wall toys wiped after every patient
- Safe scheduling of patients with no or minimal overlap between two patients/families
- Social distancing in schedule and in the waiting area
- Wearing mask is required for everyone entering the clinic including staff – It is our top priority to keep you, your child, other patients and our staff safe from the minute you walk in the door. With this in mind, we require all staff, patients and visitors to wear masks to help prevent any airborne germs from spreading.
- HEPA and UV air filters in waiting area and the clinic
- Clean hands are also important. That is why we provide a hand sanitizer station in our lobby and at various locations in the office.
In the Clinic
- At Pediatric Dentist at West Cary, our dental staff is supplied with personal protective equipment (commonly referred to as PPE), which consists of different equipment that dental care providers wear to protect them from germs spread through blood, saliva or airborne particles. For some treatments, face shields may also be worn. Most of these items are disposable, used for only one patient and thrown away after use.
- Control of aerosol with high vacuum suction and air circulation with HEPA filters in the treatment rooms.
- Hand sanitizing stations throughout the clinic
- All surfaces in the treatment area, like chairs, countertops, and light handles, are disinfected between patients.
Behind the Scenes
- Rest assured; any instruments used during your treatment is autoclaved
- Even the quality of the water used during your dental treatment must be monitored. Water from the dental unit must be the same quality as drinking water and we use DentaPure for clean water
Ready to Book Your Child’s Visit With Us?
We want you to know at Pediatric Care at West Cary, safety is our first priority and we want you and your child to feel comfortable visiting us and are happy to answer any questions you may have.
Book your appointment online, or call (919) 617-7878 today!
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