Covid-19 has turned every aspect of society upside down with dentistry being no exception. Although we have always maintained safe practice in regards to sanitation and patient comfort, we will be taking it a step further during this time of uncertainty. I realize that some of the protocols we establish may be redundant or seem excessive, but it is simply to ensure that we are doing our part to keep you as our patient, and our staff, healthy and safe.
The office will be implementing guidelines that are established by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners in conjunction with the Texas Dental Association in regards to how we perform treatment in our office. Below are some of the bullet points that will affect you as the patient in particular:
- Screening all patients with Covid-19 questionnaires both over the phone when scheduling appointments as well as with signed forms upon arrival.
- We will be asking patients to wait in their car until their exact time of appointment in order to limit the number of patients that are in the office at the same time.
- Upon arrival, we will ask that all patients wash their hands as well as rinse with a 1.5% hydrogen peroxide mouthwash which we will provide. We will also be checking your temperature with an infrared thermometer.
- All guests of our office will be required to wear a mask unless they are in a patient treatment room AND actively being examined or treated by an office team member.
- Our waiting room will have appropriately spaced seating to provide for social distancing, but we will ask that patients do not bring guests with them to their appointment unless the patient requires assistance (e.g., pediatric patients, special needs patients, elderly patients, etc.)
Additional features I have put in place for the office are HEPA filtration air purifiers that will improve office air quality as well as increased office and treatment equipment protective barriers. We will also be cleaning our common areas routinely throughout the day with disinfectants for better peace of mind, as well as spacing out our appointment times further between patients, and physically between rooms.
Please know we are all in this together and so I ask that we each respect one another during this time. I look forward to seeing each of you soon.
Travis Walding DDS