The COVID-19 pandemic has turned all of our worlds upside down. Many things we took for granted a few months ago have drastically changed, and a trip to the dentist is no exception. Your child’s oral health and safety remain our highest priority. You can expect the same high-level of cleanliness, quality, and care in our offices. You can also expect to see some changes to ensure the safety of our patients, families, and staff. Here’s what you can expect on your next visit to one of our pediatric dental offices.
Increased Cleaning & Sterilization Measures.
Our staff cleans high-touch surfaces hourly, and we sterilize each dental chair between patients.
Personal Protective Equipment & Masks.
Our dentists and clinical staff will be wearing additional protective equipment during examinations. We will also ask that you wear a mask while in our offices.
Hydrogen Peroxide Rinse
For patients that are able to, we will ask that children rinse with a 1.5% hydrogen peroxide solution, such as Colgate Peroxyl, before beginning any treatment.
Social Distancing and One-Way Traffic.
We will be enforcing social distancing in our waiting rooms. We will utilize one-way traffic where possible to minimize crossing contact. Please be mindful of the markers throughout the offices.
Patient & Staff Screenings.
We will ask that all patients complete a screening questionnaire before being seen. We will also be monitoring patient temperatures. We also regularly screen our staff, and any team member showing symptoms or considered at-risk will not be permitted to work.
Removal of Toys, Books, and Games.
Certain high-touch items, such as toys and books, may be removed from the offices as they are challenging to clean and can increase the spread of germs.
Limiting Patients in the Office.
Our waiting rooms are often busy places. To ensure the safety of everyone, we must limit the number of patients in our offices. We ask that you do not bring extra family members to appointments. We may also implement check-ins via text messaging and ask that you wait in your car until our staff is ready to treat your child.
We will be adjusting our schedules to allow us to treat as many children as we can while maintaining proper safety requirements. There may be a limited number of appointments each day, but also additional days or hours when our offices are open.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 866-KIDS-DENTAL. We look forward to seeing you soon.