Our office is now open and ready to schedule your appointment. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed numerous aspects of our daily lives, including regular visits to the dentist. We have incorporated new procedures based on guidance from the American Dental Association (ADA), U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to assist in the health and safety of all our patients and staff. We want to familiarize and inform you of these measures currently being put into place for a safe experience returning to our office.
Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice, however, this recent pandemic has allowed us to evaluate and institute advanced and innovative ways to further reduce the chance of disease transmission. Our infection control processes are made so that even before you receive care, the office environment is both safe and comfortable.
We want to tell you about some of the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.
- To ensure that all patients are arriving healthy to appointments, we may call you prior to your scheduled appointment time and ask a few questions regarding your current condition. We may repeat these questions upon your arrival to make sure there have been no changes.
- Our staff also asks that you limit the number of people brought to the appointment. This can include leaving younger children at home and allowing older children to accompany themselves to their appointments while parents may wait outside.
- When patients arrive to our office, please be sure to wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth. Depending on the capacity in the waiting room, we may ask for you to patiently wait outside until we are ready for you in order to reduce the number and proximity of people in the waiting room. When you enter, we will have your temperature taken.
- In the waiting room, items people regularly touch – like toys and magazines – have been removed to reduce the amount of germs on objects and surfaces. We have hand sanitizer available for you to use and we will wipe down items you touch, such as pens, clipboards, or furniture.
- You may notice new protective equipment once you are in the dental chair. This can include masks, face shields, gowns, and goggles. These additional precautions will help protect both you and our staff.
- After your appointment, our staff will disinfect the areas where you have encountered to prepare for the next patient as we always have. This helps to reduce the risk of COVID-19 and other illnesses being passed to others. In addition to the recommended guidelines, we have placed hospital grade HEPA air purifier filters which filter 3600 sq. ft. in our 2950 sq. ft. office space. We are also several times each day misting and fogging the office with an FDA approved food grade disinfectant proven to kill all microbes at a 99.999% level on all surfaces.
- Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you are offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
- For the additional safety of our patients, we will be offering certain days and times to accommodate those over the age of 65 and patients with a heart condition, diabetes, respiratory problems, or undergoing cancer treatment. Please call us if you need special accommodations.
- Please remember to wear your mask or face covering upon entering the office. Unfortunately, we cannot see you if you are not wearing one.
- If you start feeling ill with COVID-19 symptoms within 14 days of your last appointment, we ask that you contact our office.
We are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you and every patient safe in our practice. Please call our office at 954-349-4004.
Dr. Pyle, Dr. Aylmer, and Team