SAFETY MEASURES IN OUR DENTAL PRACTICE
Before patient arrival every effort is made to
- Filter patients during the phone call when scheduling appointments for care using established and recommended screening checklists
- Reschedule patients who show any sign of a cough or fever or who describe having any concerning warning signs
- Instruct patients to call ahead and reschedule their appointment if they develop symptoms of respiratory infection (e.g, cough, sore throat or fever) on the day they are scheduled to be seen
To promote social distancing
- Prioritize high risk patients (immune compromised, over 65 y.o. etc.)
- We are spreading out the schedule so there are less people in the waiting room (A maximum of two people at a time)
- If a patient is accompanied, their escort should wait in the car to limit the number of people in the waiting room and promote social distancing
Safety measures taken upon arrival
- Limit points of entry to the clinic
- Masks and tissues are made accessible immediately upon entry and instructions are provided on how to use tissues to cover nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, to dispose of tissues and contaminated items in waste receptacles.
- Provide supplies such as alcohol-based hand rub, tissues and no-touch receptacles for disposal, at the entrance, in waiting rooms and at the front desk
Measures taken upon patient entry to the dental office
- Patient will be asked about the presence of symptoms of respiratory infection and history of travel or contact with possible COVID-19 patients
- The patient will be assessed for respiratory symptoms and fever (with a non-contact digital infrared forehead thermometer) and they will be asked to sign a health declaration form.
- If fever temperature of 100.4 degrees F or higher or respiratory symptoms are present, they will be advised to seek medical treatment and their visit will be rescheduled
- If an exam room is not readily available, ensure social distancing in the waiting room
Safety measures at Dentistry of West Bend
- Hospital grade air-purification has been installed to remove any bacteria, mold, or viruses in the air
- The clinical staff will be wearing clinical gowns, gloves, masks and respirators when necessary
- We are closely following the guidelines set forth by OSHA, CDC, WDA and the American Dental Association
- We have always practiced universal precautions for our patients
We are confident that these guidelines will help to create a safe environment for all of our patients and team members and hope that you can feel secure in the knowledge that we are doing everything in our power to provide the safest clinical conditions in order to protect our patients, our team and our families.