Though we haven’t been open for our routine dental procedures, your PIDC team hasn’t been idle! We’ve spent the last two months implementing the best ways to keep our patients and staff safe once everyone’s allowed back into the office.
With an expected reopen date of June 1st, we’re excited to announce the new technology and procedures we’ve implemented to ensure the safety of all visitors to our office!
The Basics: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Like in other medical professions, ensuring that our staff wear proper PPE is important for everyone’s safety. When coming into our office, you’ll see all of our staff from the receptionist to your hygienist wearing a proper protective face-covering. Some staff members will also be wearing shields to protect their entire face as they work.
Rubber Isolation Dams for Patients
While isolation dental dams are already commonly used in certain dentistry procedures, one of our new protocols is to use them with greater frequency in conjunction with a high-volume cheek suction system. Combined, these two practices can reduce aerosol (saliva and microorganisms, like bacteria and viruses, made airborne due to certain dentistry techniques) by up to 90%. Additionally we’ll minimize the use of unnecessary aerosol-producing techniques.
UV Light Air Recycling
One of the coolest bits of sanitizing technology we now have is our REME HALO system. The system’s UV light is integrated into our central HVAC system, completely recycling and sanitizing the air in our treatment rooms 5 times per hour. The system filters out 99% of bacteria, mold, pollens, and viruses in the air, reducing sneeze germs by 99% by the time the sneeze has reached 3 feet. You can learn more about this amazing technology on their website!
Sanitizing Mist Treatments
All of our office’s rooms will be disinfected with a Hypochlorous Acid sanitizing mist treatment between every patient appointment. Having gained popularity during the pandemic due to its high effectiveness while remaining nontoxic and non-corrosive, this powerful and safe oxidizer kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses on-contact.
Encouraging Social Distancing
In accordance with social distancing protocols, we’ll be scheduling fewer appointments daily to limit the number of patients in the office, experience less appointment overlap, and allow for better management of social distancing. We request that patients come alone to their appointments, though they may be accompanied by one caregiver or family member if deemed necessary.
We’re thrilled to be opening our doors to our patients again, and we hope that the efforts our team is making to provide a safe experience for all visitors helps to put visitors at ease.