Our community has been through a lot over these last few months as we battle COVID-19, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our regular lives. While many things have changed, our commitment to your health and well-being remains.
Infection control has always been fundamental to our practice, and I want to take a moment to share some of our practices. Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. These practices are numerous and include heat sterilization of all instruments, wiping down all surfaces with bacteria and virus destroying solutions, and utilization of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect you and our team. For example:
- Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
- Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients.
- We will request that you call us from your vehicle when arriving at our office so we can meet and take you straight back to our disinfected rooms.
- As you walk back to our treatment rooms, we will request that you stop by our handwashing station
- We will take your temperature.
- We are all wearing masks throughout the office. We request that you arrive with a mask as well.
- We use additional PPE, including face shields, hair coverings, N95 masks, and gowns during treatment.
- We have increased the time between patients to ensure adequate time for disinfection and sterilization of our treatment areas.
- We are working with Surgically Clean Air to install six-stage filtration and sterilization air filters to remove and eradicate bacteria and viruses in the air
We look forward to seeing you, and we understand your concerns around COVID-19 and will gladly answer any questions you have. To make an appointment, please call our office at (530) 587- 5440 or visit our website at tahoeoralsurgery.com.