Coronavirus: Dental Office Precautions

Coronavirus: Dental Office Precautions


What precautions do dental offices take to prevent the spread of infection?

As a dental practice, working in close quarters with the patients over so many years, we have developed heightened measures for sterilization and disinfection. Infection control procedures are actions taken in health care settings to prevent the spread of disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommendations for dental office infection control. We care about your safety and work hard to prevent the spread of infection. Before you enter the examining room, all surfaces, such as the dental chair, dental light, drawer handles and counter tops, have been cleaned and disinfected. We cover equipment with protective covers, which are replaced after each patient.

Non-disposable items like the dental tools are cleaned and sterilized between patients. Disposable dental tools and needles are never reused. Infection control precautions also require all dental staff involved in patient care to use appropriate protective equipment such as gloves, masks, gowns and eyewear. After each patient, disposable gloves and masks are thrown away. Before seeing the next patient, everyone on the treatment team washes their hands and put on a new pair of gloves.

What extra precautions are we taking during this time?

In light of the current situation, we have instituted extra precautions and protocols to disinfect our practice:

  • Heightened screening for potential COVID-19 patients
  • HEPA Air purifiers, Negative ion generators and UVC Sanitizers
  • Increased intervals between appointments and patients to minimize cross-infection.
  • Mouth rinse before dental procedures
  • Rubber dam isolation with high speed turbo oral aerosol vacuum suction hose
  • Anti-retraction headpieces
  • Effective and strict disinfection measures