As a community, we have been through a lot over the past several months and we are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. At Oakton Family Dentistry, we are adapting to the new “normal” while focusing on patient care. While many things have changed, one thing that remains the same is our commitment to your safety.
Infection control has always been a top priority in our practice as you may have experienced at previous visits. We have always followed and will continue to follow guidance set forth by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), American Dental Association (ADA) as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
At your next appointment, you will experience some changes that we have instituted for the continued safety of our patients and our team. These are our multiple lines of defense.
FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE
All patients are screened on the phone prior to scheduling:
- Have you tested positive for the COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
- Have you had contact with someone who has tested positive for the Coronavirus?
- Do you have a fever or the chills?
- Do you have any shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing?
- Do you have a new loss of taste or smell ?
- Do you have a sore throat?
SECOND LINE OF DEFENSE
- In order to minimize the number of patients in the reception area, upon arrival at the office building, patients
requested to check in from the parking area.
- Patients are screened with the same questions once again.
- Patients are required to wear a mask to the office and must have it on at all times until a clinician is actually
working in the patients’ mouth.
- Upon entering the office, patients are asked to use antiseptic spray for the hands.
- Temperature is taken,recorded and noted in the chart.
- Reception area is marked respecting social distancing guidelines.
- Beverages and magazines were put away to stop cross contamination.
THIRD LINE OF DEFENSE
- Treatment rooms were designed over two years ago to reduce contamination
- No spit sink. Removing these sinks drop the amount of contamination in treatment room by over
- No overhead dental light. This is the most touched surface by the dentist, hygienist and assistant.
- No cabinets. Less surface area means less contamination and less to clean- ie-drawer handles,
- Surfaces-counters and floors are made of materials that are designed to handle harsh disinfectants
such as bleach and alcohol; this allows us to use the best disinfectants.
- Work area, materials and equipment are located behind the patients, away from the flows of
contaminants. Therefore, reducing possible cross contamination.
- Instruments either thrown out or sterilized.
FOURTH LINE OF DEFENSE
- Patients wear a mask and disinfect their hands before coming into the treatment room.
- Patients rinse with hydrogen peroxide to reduce oral contaminates by 90%.
- Area is isolated with a rubber dam that has a vacuum system connected to it to draw aerosols(over90%)
from ever leaving the patient’s mouth. Again, reducing contaminants in the treatment room.
FIFTH LINE OF DEFENSE
- All doctors and staff go through pre-screening and onsite screening everyday.
- All doctors and staff are required daily to go through mouth washing, hand washing, temperature
assessment and secure a mask prior to the start of the shift.
- All clinical staff is in appropriate personal protective equipment.
SIXTH LINE OF DEFENSE
- Treatment rooms are kept vacant after a patient leaves the treatment room. We are alternating the room
and not immediately re-using the room giving time for the disinfectant to work longer than required.
- At the end of the day, we intensely disinfect the room from top to bottom with a stringent bleach solution.
- Air disinfectant mist(called fogging) is used in the entire office to disinfect the air volume in the office.
- All sterilizing units are tested every cycle to ensure sterilization has occurred.