ORAL INFECTION CONTROL AT SOUTHEAST DENTAL
In these unprecedented times we take infection control above and beyond universal precautions to help protect our patients and staff. We kindly ask if you are experiencing Fever above 100.4F, Cough, Sore throat, Shortness of breath, Flu-like symptoms to call and reschedule your appointment.
Infection controls and universal precautions protect clients and staff alike. Everyone benefits from rigorous infection control you, your dentist, and the dental team. The cornerstone in a good and safe dental practice is the element of trust. You should feel free to discuss this topic with Dr. Lewis and receive a straightforward answer.
Dr. Lewis and our entire team follow procedures recommended by several federal agencies: the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), theEnvironmental Protection Agency (EPA,) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). These measures include:
- Disinfectant hand soap and/or hand sanitizer
- Gloves and ASTM level 3 face masks
- Chemical disinfection of countertops and surfaces
- Sterilization of all equipment before every use
- Disposable materials
We sterilize all reusable equipment, including dental hand pieces. We use an autoclave, a device that kills bacteria and viruses by steam, heat, and pressure.
While universal precautions have long been the gold standard, they were developed to protect against a blood borne viruses. Universal precautions are not currently designed to assist with an airborne respiratory virus. Level 1 masks will not prevent dental aerosol transmission.
The best defense against disease is information. The more you know, the better equipped you are to make wise decisions about your health care. The more you know about our daily procedures and policies, the more comfortable you will feel.
We offer the ability for patients to check in for their appointment via text message and wait in their car. They will receive a text message when the patient is ready to be seated in an operatory. Not only does this allow patients better health but makes it more convenient for patients to get in and out of the doctor’s office as promptly as possible. We believe a patients time is valuable and no one likes to waist time at the doctor’s office.