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. Tucker and receive a straightforward answer. Dr. Tucker and our entire team follow procedures recommended by several federal agencies: the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). These measures include:
- Disinfectant hand soap
- Gloves and 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. For sterilization we use an autoclave; a device that kills bacteria and viruses by steam, heat and pressure.
As extra precaution, our office has ultraviolet air ionizing units and HEPA filtration in our HVAC units to purify our air system. Additionally, we ask that you please remain in your car when you arrive for your appointment, call us to let us know of your arrival, and one of our staff will escort you into our office. Other Covid-19 guidelines to prepare you for your visit:
- Our office will communicate screening questions both prior to and upon arrival for your appointment that are designed to help prevent the spread of and infection. You may be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
- We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find sanitizer in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
- For the time being, our reception area will not offer magazines and beverages, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
- Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment, or you have to wait in a treatment room before dismissal.
- We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce any waiting time for you, so that you may be seated immediately.
The best defense against disease is information; both for you and from you. 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. The better we know you, the better we can take steps to protect your, and others’ health.